From blinging to #hashtagging, how to enjoy your graduation day!

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By Kaylee Johnson
Campus News

With graduation approaching rapidly it is easy to get wrapped up in anxiety. College graduates deserve to be celebrated. Decorating caps, planning parties, and receiving checks from cousins you never knew you had can be fun, but do remember the significance and the meaning behind your diploma.  Here are my tips on how to enjoy your graduation day:

1.    Walk at graduation. It may seem a lot easier to receive your diploma in the mail and put college life behind you, but you will probably regret not walking later. Many times older students feel self-conscious walking with younger students, they tend to forget that their accomplishment is just as worthy of praise. 20 years from now you may regret not walking across the stage to receive your diploma.

2.    Decorate your cap.  If you are as much as of a Pinterest fanatic as I am you must know about the elaborately decorated graduation caps. Nursing students embellish their caps with heart rhinestones and glue a stethoscope on top. Education majors glue crayons and felt apples to their caps. Culinary graduates decorate their caps with cupcake stickers and pastel glitter. I love the idea of personalizing graduation caps, it is a great way to express who you are and stand out in a crowd of hundreds of people who are dressed just like you. It is also a great way to start a conversation with a relative you barley know. Before you go out to your local craft store, make sure your college allows decorated caps. Therefore you can’t blame Campus News on graduation day if you show up with a propeller on your head, and the rest of your classmates have plain black caps.

3.    Create a hashtag for your party. Technology is the core of our millennial society, and it seems sinful to not involve it at your graduation party. I’ve been to a lot of weddings and baby showers recently, and they all have an assigned hashtag to post pictures to. I love this idea because I often find I am far too busy to take pictures at my own parties.  It is an organized and efficient way to encourage your friends and family to take pictures. I also love the idea of creating a photo booth for your loved ones to take pictures with you.

4.    Send thank-you cards. I can’t emphasize how incredibly important it is that you send thank you cards to anyone that took time out of their day to attend your graduation party. I try to send thank you cards out a few days after the event. I included a picture of me with the relative I was sending it to in each card. It was a personal touch to show my appreciation.

5.    Only invite a few people to your graduation ceremony. Your graduation day is about you, not your narcissistic relatives. Only invite people who care about you as much as you care about them. Graduation day should be joyous and full of pride. If you have a negative relative who ruins everything, it may be best not to invite them to your graduation ceremony. It can seem tempting to invite people you dislike to your graduation party because you know they will give you money, but in reality, it is unethical and manipulative.

6.    Dress for the day. I always say dress in what makes you feel beautiful, but on special occasions I tend to encourage people to dress more modestly. Be respectful to the relatives who came to see you receive your diploma. I also advise female graduates not to wear high heels. You do not want to fall and embarrass yourself.

7.    Let your family take pictures. Your college graduation day only comes once in a lifetime. Your family wants to preserve the day, so they can remember the pride they felt for years to come. I have a huge Italian-American family, and I think we spent over an hour taking pictures on my graduation day. Sometimes you have to take one for the team and smile for hundreds of photos; and you will be grateful you have them to look back on when you are older.