How to Prepare For College Graduation

How to Prepare For College Graduation
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    Sooner than you think, you'll be walking down the aisle and up a stage to shake the hand of a college faculty member or administrator with one hand and receiving your degree in your other hand.


Your graduation ceremony signals the end of four years or more of hard work, resulting in a degree that should open doors as you seek work in your chosen field.

Getting to graduation isn’t so simple, however. There are several steps you’ll need to take and these steps can differ slightly from school to school. Some schools, such as Florida State University, require students to apply for graduation before the start of their final semester.

In general, you’ll need to do the following before you can receive your degree:

1. Meet with your advisor — Your college advisor can tell you what requirements you still need to meet for graduation. This person will review your college transcripts and your current class load to ensure that you have taken and will finish all of the required courses so that you can graduate at the end of the semester. If you’re short, you’ll have to take one or more classes to meet your school’s requirements. You may, however, be able to attend graduation with your class and finish up your work over the summer or the following semester.

2. Complete your paperwork — Some colleges and universities require seniors to apply for graduation. This means that the only way to ensure that you’re officially done with school is to complete a form, have your college advisor or other faculty member sign it, submit to the right department and, of course, pay a fee. Some schools, such as Liberty University accept your form first and then bill you 1-2 weeks later.

3. Pay your fines and fees — You may not only have to pay to graduate, but your graduation may be held up if you owe the school money. This could involve parking fees, money owed for tuition, an outstanding fine or some other expense. Find out what expenses are on your record and be prepared to pay out whatever you owe.

4. Secure your graduation tickets — When you get your cap and gown you should also secure your graduation tickets. Obtain your allotment and if additional tickets are needed, inquire how you can get those. Some schools only supply enough tickets for two parents while others supply more, but may only offer extra tickets by lottery or require additional attendees to sit in an overflow room to view the ceremony.

You probably aren’t required to attend your college’s graduation ceremony, but why not? This is a chance for you to celebrate your educational accomplishments with family and friends, the last step you take before you enter the workplace. And, put your all into your final semester — senioritis can prove deadly to your GPA.


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