Graduation Etiquette Tips
During the month of May many schools hold graduation ceremonies, from high school and college graduations to eighth grade and kindergarten graduations. As a school administrator, I have spent the last 14 years guiding students, teachers and parents through the graduation process. Along the way, I have learned a few etiquette tips and tricks; and a few etiquette boo-boo’s. Graduation is a very important event in every child’s life. To make your child’s graduation experience memorable, it is important that both you and your child understand correct graduation etiquette.
Here are 7 graduation etiquette tips:
ü If you receive an announcement or invitation to graduation, it is polite to RSVP that you are or are not attending. This allows the parents of the graduate to save seats for you at the ceremony. If there is a party planned later, the parents need to know.
ü You should arrive at the ceremony at least thirty minutes early. Usually you stand during the processional and recessional. If in doubt, watch the school staff.
ü If you are the one sending the announcement/invitation, you should send it only to relatives and close friends.
ü If there is a baby or small child in your group, who starts to fuss or cry, take her out of the room.
ü Bringing balloons or flowers to the ceremony for the graduate is a nice touch.
ü Buying a graduation gift is, of course, up to you. Inexpensive gifts can be sent or given, as well as gifts that are more expensive. Gift cards are an excellent touch.
ü Be sure that your child personally writes thank you cards for all gifts.
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