College Graduation Checklist

As you prepare to accept the diploma you have worked hard to achieve, there may seem to be a lot on your plate while transitioning from student to professional. Make sure all of your important items are accounted for as you prepare to enter the workforce.

Final Exams: First and foremost, before you worry about any graduation planning, job interviews, or grad parties, be sure not to look past the task at hand. Aim to go out just like you came in, and finish your collegiate career on a positive note.

Grad Fair: Your school's grad fair is a terrific opportunity to get several items crossed off your list in one, fun-filled visit. While several schools offer refreshments and door prizes, the primary benefit is providing an opportunity to purchase your cap and gown, commencement announcements, class rings, pick up commencement tickets, as well as have all your graduation questions answered in person. These events can also be opportunities to get information about your commencement day, ceremony parking, as well as graduate school.

Inform Family & Friends: Now that you've turned in your last essay and pulled your final all night study session, it's time to let everyone in on the exciting news – you're done! Allow those that have supported you along your academic journey to share your joy and make sure to recognize them with formal commencement announcements:

  • Compile your mailing list. Anyone who has had a positive impact on your life such as family, college friends, childhood friends, coaches, or professors may like to not only receive the news, but also know that their support has not gone forgotten.
  • Order your commencement announcements. Show your individuality with custom announcements, specific to your school, degree, major, and additional accomplishment.
  • Mail your announcements. Be sure to allow yourself plenty of time to prepare, as well as time for your recipients when determining when to mail.

Commencement Day: The day for celebration has come. Make sure you have everything you need for commencement including directions to the venue, where to report and when, as well as your cap, gown, and tassel and any additional accolades such as cords or sashes. That’s it; now just walk across that stage with your head held high as a proud college graduate. Congratulations!