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GRADUATION!

How to Get Ready & What to do

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GRADUATION IS SOON COMING, YOU SHOULD ALL BE PREPARED FOR IT.

THE MORNING OF GRADUATION, YOU SHOULD:

  1. Wake up. Try to get up as soon as your alarm sounds
  2. Use the bathroom first.
  3. Shower and shave
  4. Get dressed
  5. Do your grooming routine
  6. Do your hair and, if you wear it, apply makeup after getting dressed
  7. Eat breakfast
  8. Get out the door!

IF YOU HAVE TO TALK IN FRONT OF EVERYONE:

  1. Expect to be nervous. Even experienced speakers get nervous
  2. Prepare. Know what you are going to say – and why you want to say it
  3. Practice
  4. Breathe
  5. Rehearse
  6. Focus on your audience
  7. Simplify
  8. Visualize success
  9. Connect with your audience
  10. Act confident

HERE ARE THE MOST SUCCESSFUL THEMES FROM GRADUATION SPEECHES:

  1. Paths Through Life
  2. Overcoming Obstacles: High dropout rates. Economic worries. Health problems.
  3. Classmates as Individuals: Your differences make you who you are.
  4. Friends and Friendship
  5. Looking Back to the Early Years
  6. Memories of High School
  7. Thanks: Heartfelt gratitude for the hard work and support of teachers, coaches, parents, friends, and others.
  8. Tributes
  9. Advice: Do you have any words or wisdom you want to give your classmates?
  10. Making a Difference: Inspire your audience.
  11. Congratulations

HERE’S HOW TO WEAR YOUR CAP AND GOWN:

  • The graduation cap is worn flat on the head, parallel to the floor. The front point of the cap should be centered on the forehead
  • The graduation gown should fall midway between the knee and ankle
  • Men should remove their graduation caps during the school song and the National Anthem
  • Tassels are usually worn on the right side and shifted to the left when graduates receive their diplomas
  • Men generally wear dark trousers and dress shirts and ties under their graduation gowns
  • Women generally wear lightweight dresses or blouses and skirts that do not hang below their graduation gowns. They can also wear a detachable white collar that adds a more finished, decorative touch
  • Flowers and jewelry should not be worn on the academic gown
  • Caps and gowns can be accessorized with specific regalia like stoles and honor cords in keeping with the traditions of the school

IF YOU ARE HAVING A GRADUATION PARTY:

  • Pick your style
    • Formal, casual, etc.
  • Pick your theme
  • Create a budget
    • Invitations, decorations, centerpieces, balloons, flowers, food, beverages, tableware, photography and video, caterer, catering hall, entertainment, tent rental, equipment rental, party favors, thank you notes, and postage
  • Order and send invitations
  • Plan your menu
    • Catering, making your own food
  • Choose decorations
    • Balloons, streamers, and flowers
  • Let guests add their own personal touch to the party
    • Poster board where the guests can sign it and leave a message for the bed
    • Memorable guest book that includes photos and messages
  • Schedule the entertainment you plan to hire
    • DJ, band, or personal music

THE DO’S AND DON’TS FOR THE GRADUATION PARTY:

DO

  • Do plan ahead
  • Do set the stage
  • Do rent or borrow extra tables
  • Do create a killer playlist
  • Do customize your party
  • Do wear a cute dress if you’re a girl

DON’T

  • Don’t keep your neighbors in the dark
  • Don’t worry about the food
  • Don’t forget the ice
  • Don’t forget to plan an activity
  • Don’t wait until the last minute to send
  • DON’T WEAR A SEE THROUGH DRESS GIRLS!! THAT’S A BIG NO NO

WHAT TO DO WITH THE GRADUATION MONEY YOU GET FROM FRIENDS AND FAMILY:

  • Stash it in savings
  • Buy books and supplies for college
  • Prep for your dorm room
  • GO PARTY & CELEBRATE

A LIST OF THINGS YOU ARE GOING TO REALIZE YOU’LL MISS FROM HIGH SCHOOL WHEN GRADUATION COMES AROUND:

  • Teachers
  • Friends
  • Small size school
  • Seeing everyone everyday
  • Everyone knowing everyone
  • “NOT the wifi connection” –Campbell Daffin
  • Charleston
  • Being able to go home straight after school
  • Seeing your parents and siblings every day
  • Having a parking spot at the school
  • The biggest stress being deciding what college to go to rather than what to do with the rest of your life
  • Teachers being forgiving
  • Having more than 3 grades in a class
  • “Mom packing my lunches” –Claire Hunt
  • Not walking across campus to get to the next class

IF YOU CRY DURING GRADUATION:

  • Make sure you wore waterproof mascara
  • Have your parents bring tissues because I’m sure they will be crying too
  • Girls- maybe even a guy will have a handkerchief you can borrow
  • Guys- you are just going to have to get through it

A SUMMARY OF WHAT YOU NEED TO DO:

  1. PICK OUT WHAT YOU’RE WEARING
  2. FIND A SHIRT
  3. FIND PANTS
  4. FIND A DRESS IF YOU’RE A GIRL
  5. UNDERWEAR IS IMPORTANT (MAKE YOUR GRANDMA PROUD)
  6. FIND SHOES
  7. PUT ALL THESE THINGS ON
  8. GO TO GRADUATION

GOOD LUCK ON YOUR FUTURE COLLEGE ENDEAVORS AND REMEMBER GRADUATION ISN’T THAT FAR AWAY!! DON’T BE LIKE THE REST OF US AND GIVE UP YET! JUST KEEP SWIMMING!!

IMPORTANT INFORMATION: JOIN US FOR GRADUATION ON JUNE 1ST AT THE NORTH CHARLESTON PERFORMING ARTS CENTER! YAY!

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