5 Things to Add to Your Pre-Graduation Checklist

5 Things to Add to Your Pre-Graduation Checklist
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    You want to be ready for your graduation, and the best way is by getting prepared in time.

    You may overlook various things only to get overwhelmed on that day.

    You will need a checklist to guide you through the preparation process.


It will identify the most important things for your senior graduation. You can begin by including the following five things in your pre-graduation checklist.

1. Academics

Contact your advisor and get them to help you review your degree requirements. It would be best if you also verified your graduation deadline. You do not want to handle this at the last minute, as minor errors and oversights could delay graduation.

Apply for your graduation during this period via the online student portal, or however your institution requires you to apply, to ensure you appear on the graduation list. Also, if necessary, make sure you update your permanent residence where the school will send your diploma. Most institutions mail diplomas eight weeks after the date of graduation.

The next thing would be to clear any pending records. Check with your professor if they have cleared any pending records as per the deadline set by the dean or chancellor. It is necessary for continuing education courses, and the dean’s office must clear all grades before the deadline.

2. Financial

It is necessary to get cleared of any pending balances that relate to your tuition. Failure to clear your tuition balance could keep you from graduating. Also, it could be a lengthy process since the finance office is always busy, which could result in late clearance.

In this case, be quick to get clearance early before the graduation week. There are cases where students fail to verify impending balances only to get late notifications for immediate payment. You don’t want to be in such a situation, so use your free time and get clearance early enough.

3. Housing Accommodation

Many schools will require students to submit their housing arrangements before graduation. While this is not mandatory, if you have specific housing plans in mind, it is advisable to ask and confirm them early enough.

If you were renting an apartment outside the institution, you need to plan whether to move your things before your graduation. It will help you remain focused on what matters; however, if you decide to stay in the same area, you won’t need to worry about moving. You want to ensure that you get everything sorted out before graduation.

4. Senior Photos

If you want to take some professional photos in your graduation regalia or some photos just to commemorate this milestone in your life, make sure to schedule a photographer in plenty of time. Graduation season is a busy time for photographers, so make sure you have an idea of the types of photos you would like to take so that no time is wasted.

Answer any senior photography questionnaire questions provided by the photographer so that you and the photographer are on the same page when it comes to locations, props, and overall expectations.

5. Resources

You must know what resources you will require. These include a gown, cap, and tassel. They are not all the same, so you know what your school uses.

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For example, you need to get a gown and a tassel from your school or from an online company. If you choose to purchase your own gown, ensure it is polyester.

Also, ensure you get it dry-cleaned before the graduation ceremony. Try the gown to feel how it fits and whether you need to make any adjustments.

In Summary

Ensure that you start preparing early for your graduation by following the tips provided in this checklist. Use this checklist to ensure that you are on track for graduation, and on the remaining days before graduating, go through it once more. All the best on your big day!

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