Whether for high school, college, or anything after that, preparing for graduation can be overwhelming. Often, at around the same time as graduation prep, students finish up classes, take final exams, and all around, they seem to be a little stressed out. Our team at Tassel Depot wants to help make this time less stressful and more enjoyable. That is why we have written this blog - we want to help teach you how to get ready for graduation.
There are many steps in graduation preparation, and we want to break them down into an easy and stress-free timeline for our readers.
It is important to work closely with your counselors to make sure you have everything ready for the big day. Below is an easy-to-follow rundown of when to start preparing and what needs to happen first.
4 to 6 Months Before
This is the best time to meet with an academic advisor to review your college and degree plans. Seniors should work closely with advisors to confirm they are on the right track for their goals. This will also help the seniors catch anything they may have forgotten earlier on in the process.
This is also around the time to apply for graduation. The graduate must complete the graduation application to ensure their name is on the list. There is something that is very important to remember. You must print your name exactly how you want it to appear on your diploma when you register to participate in the commencement ceremony.
3 Months Before
The school should schedule a time, when you are about 3 months out, for seniors to be fitted and to order their caps and gowns. Another helpful graduation tip is to order class rings and graduation invitations at this time if either of these is something you want. This will give the seniors plenty of time to send out the invitations for their party and get everything in line. Also, 3 months before is a good time to get graduation photos done. Seniors can schedule their photos in advance to ensure they arrive in time to send out invitations.
2 to 6 Weeks Before
Do you think you are missing something, or are people asking you, “What do you need for graduation?” Around this time, seniors can pick up their graduation attire and invitations. If any of these items are mailed to you, check to ensure there is no damage and to confirm that nothing is missing.
Once seniors have their invitations, this is an ideal time to mail them out. The period of 2 to 6 weeks out also gives the seniors' families time to buy decorations and prepare the party supplies.
1 Day Before
Getting the last-minute details ready for the commencement ceremony should include the following:
Cap and gown
Proper attire (for under the gown)
Name card (with pronunciation marks)
Graduation ceremony tickets
Directions and the schedules of events
The day before should also be used to set up the graduation party. This can help ensure there is no stress between the ceremony and the party.