I graduated from university on Thursday and couldn’t have been more excited. I had an amazing day and really enjoyed the experience of being a graduate. This was a day I was looking forward to for quite some time (who wouldn’t?!), and I thought it’d be a clever idea to put together a quick list of tips for those of you who are about to embark on your own graduation adventure. So without further ado, here are my 10 quick tips:
One: First and foremost, know your graduation details like the back of your hand! Double check your time, date, and where you need to go for registration. Take ID with you to make your registration process just that little bit smoother
Two: Organize your makeup and outfit in advance so you know you’ll be ready for your big day without any last minute stresses. Don’t try something new on your graduation day unless you’re completely confident in how to do it. You don’t want to run late because you can’t get your hairstyle to look like Gigi Hadid’s!
Three: Make sure your shoes are comfortable. You want to look graceful walking across the stage (and you defs don’t want to trip) so if you’re not completely comfortable walking in your gorgeous pencil heels, maybe swap them out for some wedges (you’ll thank me later, promise) OR if you’re super keen to wear your gorgeous uncomfortable shoes, pack a second pair of (super comfy) shoes that you can change into after the ceremony
Four: Have something to eat before you go. It’ll be a long day and you don’t want your tummy rumbling while you’re walking across the stage!
Five: Get to your university/college early. You’ll find a good parking spot, can take your time getting your gown fitted and setting your cap, and you can find exactly where you need to go stress-free!
Six: Take photos before the ceremony. You won’t be tired yet and your cap & gown will have just been set so you’ll be looking your best. You can get some great pictures before the rush kicks in. (I’m so glad I got some pictures before my ceremony, it started raining afterward, and there were people e v e r y w h e r e)
Seven: Give yourself enough time to settle into your seat for the ceremony. You don’t want to be walking all over people trying to get to your seat!
Eight: Introduce yourself to the person you’re seated next to during the ceremony if you don’t already know them. Having someone to talk to if you’re nervous could act as a good way to keep your cool and settle your nerves. Not to mention, the ceremony will go by faster if you’re enjoying it with the people around you
Nine: Take lots and lots of pictures! Ask a friend/sibling/parent to be on constant photo duty so you can completely capture the occasion
Ten: Smile, have a good time and take it all in, this is your day!
Congratulations on making it this far, and remember, this is only the beginning 😉