Congrats, you’re ready to graduate! These last four years of hard work have been leading up to this very moment, but when it’s all said and done are you really ready? We’re not talking about passing your finals or heading off to college—we’re talking about bringing your A-game on graduation day. If you’re like most students you probably thought ordering your cap and gown was all it would take, but there’s a lot more you can make happen to exit in style.
Here are our top tips for rocking your big day like a boss.
• Pre-plan your under gown attire – Chances are your graduation ceremony is going to take a while, which means whether you like it or not, you’ll to have to idly sit still for a few hours while your teachers quote Mark Twain and hand out the diplomas. If your school is planning to hold the event outside in the sun (or even inside the gymnasium) things can literally heat up quick.
Make sure you wear something comfortable under your gown that allows your body to breathe and stay cool. This sensibility should apply to your footwear as well—though it may be tempting to wear that new pair of heels or boots, remember you’re going to be on your feet all day long. If you must absolutely wear your fancy new shoes then consider asking your parents to bring a pair of sneakers as back up.
• Prepare for the elements – To go along with the point above, the best kind of graduate is a prepared one! Amidst the cheers and congratulations you’ll have little time to focus on much else. Think about bringing a few handheld items you can carry in your pockets (or purse) for those crucial moments. A few of our top picks include a bottle of water to stay hydrated, a pack of tissues for those tear of joy, and a Sharpie to sign your friends’ yearbooks.
• Decorate your cap – Want to stand out from the endless sea of billowy grad gowns? Then pick up a puff paint set and turn your square cap into a wearable canvas. Whether it’s a shout out to mom and dad, a message to the crowd, or just a fun design you thought up in class, adding a little flair to your ceremonial threads will surely turn some heads.
• Handwritten thank you notes – Sometimes a text message just won’t cut it. For those teachers that went the extra mile or the classmates you’ve bonded with over the years, writing a small thank you note can make a huge impression. Jot down a few lines of why a certain someone was special to you and hand it to them on your way out—when they open it they’ll have a constant reminder of the impact they’ve made on your life.
• Buy a disposable camera – This may sound like an old-school suggestion, but hear us out. Sure, your classmates will post hundreds of grad pics on their Facebook Walls and Flickr accounts, but wouldn’t it be great to have a set of personal pictures to commemorate the occasion? In a time when every person on the planet can take a photo and share it with the world in seconds, being able to privately capture a moment is a real rarity. By taking this route you’ll have a set of exclusive pictures nobody else will see, except for those closest you choose to share with. Disposable cameras and photo prints can be picked up for cheap, but the memories they’ll capture will be priceless.
Do you have any tips on how a senior can rock their graduation? How are you prepping for the big day? Tell us in a comment below.