How to celebrate graduation at graduation get-togethers
The best way to celebrate your graduation is with a graduation gettogether, says Michael Riedl, who teaches social media and online education at the University of Michigan.
“The thing about graduation is that everyone has a story, and that story needs to be told,” he says.
“We’re all going to get through this together, and we all need to work together to tell that story.”
He says to encourage each other, students can share their graduation stories with each other on Instagram and Facebook.
“People have a lot of personal stories, and I think that’s really helpful,” he adds.
Here are some tips to help you get started.
Make sure you don’t miss out on the party.
A graduation gether gets together usually starts with a meal.
The meal is typically hosted by a friend or a close family member, but a party can be a bit of a wild ride for some students, especially those who may not be accustomed to parties.
“It’s a lot like a party, but it’s a party for everyone,” says Riedll.
“If you’re not part of a party that’s going on, you’re missing out on this incredible experience.”
If you’re interested in hosting a party at home, you can check out the Graduation Parties page to see which universities have been hosting them, and which are offering classes.
Make the most of your free time.
In addition to dinner and socializing, there are plenty of other activities you can do to celebrate.
Riedlen says to “be yourself,” and be spontaneous.
For example, you could try out a new outfit or paint a graduation banner.
If you’ve got a new costume, you might try making a graduation outfit out of a traditional costume.
If the party gets out of hand, “the best thing is to go home and talk it out and figure out what is best for the whole group,” he explains.
“Just because it’s your last day at school, you don.t have to go through the stress of dealing with it on the day of the party.”
If a graduation party is an afterthought, make it memorable.
Ruled by a group of friends, there is a lot to consider, so it’s important to get creative.
“I have an idea for a graduation dance that I’d love to make, but I can’t figure out how to get the party started and I’m just like, ‘OK, I’ll do a graduation ceremony,'” he says, adding that it would be great to have a band play or a DJ play, but there are a lot more options.
“For my grad students, it’s just a matter of trying to figure out which one is the most appropriate and fun and makes sense,” he advises.
“In this particular scenario, it would also be fun to make a graduation video.”
Know what you’re getting into.
A big part of the graduation party experience is networking, and it’s vital to be sure to understand your expectations and expectations of your peers.
“A lot of grad students are just not prepared for that, and they don’t know how to do that,” says Hager.
“There are so many grad students that want to be able to dance, or they want to sing, or play instruments, or make their own music.
They just don’t have the skills to be successful in that.”
Riedls advice is to make sure that you have a plan for how to make the party go, but also have the right people in place.
“Be prepared for people who aren’t going to be there,” he points out.
“They might not be able come to your party.
You might have to make an exception.”
He also suggests that you use a planner to make your own party plans, but make sure you have someone on hand to help with organizing.
“You don’t want to put people in danger just because they can’t attend a party,” he emphasizes.
“Don’t be distracted,” says Michael Hager, who also works with students to help them learn new skills.
“Stay focused, be smart about how you do it, and make sure it’s the right thing for you,” he continues.
“Make sure you’re putting in the effort.”
Get to know the grads.
Hager also points out that it’s okay to be curious about your peers and their experiences.
“Graduates have this amazing, unique perspective on what life is like, so they have a real perspective on it,” he shares.
“When you meet someone who has gone through the same process, you’ll learn a lot about yourself.”
“It makes sense to just be like, OK, if I were to have my own party and it wasn’t like a regular party, I could just go to my room and just enjoy myself,” he concludes.
Keep a good journal.