Are You Really Set For Graduation?

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Are you ready for your commencement?

What’s the most stressful thing about the final few weeks of college? If you answered exams that would rank up near the top as would on-campus interviews with potential employers. But there could be a third stressor lurking, one that could put graduates on edge: the graduation ceremony itself.

No, your graduation day probably won’t freak you out. Likely, you’ll enjoy one of the most important days in your life, basking in the realization that you accomplished your goals.

What may be most stressing are those things you’ll need to do and consider before your commencement takes place. These include important tasks that if handled incorrectly or neglected could cause you much grief later, perhaps even forcing you to postpone your graduation.

The following are some things to keep in mind as you prepare to finish up your studies:

Visit your registrar’s office – Are you certain you fulfilled all of the requirements needed in order to graduate? Between transferred classes, electives and special assignments such as work/study done for credit and your regular classes, you need to make certain that you met all of the requirements for graduation. Your college’s registrar office can verify same, so why not make sure that there isn’t a missed course which could force you to take a summer class?

Settle your debts – Do you owe money for classes? Are your media center fees paid? Have you paid fees for parking, food and for your degree? Don’t allow an unpaid bill to keep you from walking up and receiving your degree. Pay up right now!

Sign it, deliver it – In addition to paying a fee for graduating, all of your paperwork needs to be reviewed and approved by your school. You may be required to sit through an exit interview which, upon completion, will signify you’re ready to graduate. Of course, if you flunk your final exams….

Prepare for graduation day – You’ll be given tickets to give to family members who will attend your commencement exercise. At some schools, grads may be able to get more than enough tickets to give to grandparents, aunts and uncles, friends and the like. But other schools may restrict your seats to just two, perhaps four people meaning that for blended families a step-parent could be left outside viewing the ceremony on the JumboTron.

You can’t avoid unforeseen problems and you have to anticipate that someone may not be happy especially if they didn’t receive an invitation to your graduation. Make the most of everything and enjoy your day—you deserve it!

Adv. – Don’t forget to consolidate your student loans after you finish college. Visit StudentLoanConsolidate.com to figure out how to lower your bills.

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