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Commencement Dos and Don’ts for College Graduates


Commencement Dos and Don’ts for College Graduates

While there may have been weeks where it felt like college would never end, graduation is just around the corner. As you near the big day, keep in mind these commencement dos and don’ts for college graduates.


Don’t: Be Late

As a graduate, you’ll need to arrive at commencement early to check in and take your seat. Your school isn’t likely to delay the graduation ceremony for you, so make sure you get there on time. Leave yourself extra time to get to the venue, as traffic and parking may be unpredictable.


Do: Dress Appropriately

College commencements are formal events to celebrate your accomplishments. While you may want to throw on a college T-shirt and jeans, you should choose attire that reflects the formality of the occasion, such as a dress or dress pants and a shirt or blouse. When choosing a graduation dress, avoid uncomfortable or overly revealing options. If you plan to wear new shoes, practice walking around in them before the big day. You don’t want your first time trying a new pair of heels to be on stage!


Don’t: Forget Anything

The last thing you want to have happen on your graduation day is to realize you’ve forgotten your cap at home. Before you leave for graduation, double-check that you have everything you need for the ceremony. While you might not need to bring much with you, you don’t want to leave what you do need behind.


Do: Savor Your Day

Graduation is the final step of your college career. Though the day might feel like it’s flying by, try to soak in as much of it as possible. Whether college was the best time of your life or a difficult period, you’ve worked hard to earn your degree and deserve to celebrate your accomplishment.


When your graduation day arrives, these commencement dos and don’ts for college graduates will ensure your day goes smoothly. Congratulations on your new degree, and good luck with your future endeavors!

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