Graduation EtiquetteGraduation season is here, which means that it’s time for all of the ceremonies and parties that go with closing one door and opening another. Whether you are the one graduating or the one attending, be prepared for this big exciting day. Here are some do’s and don’ts for graduation etiquette.

Don't: If you are giving the graduate a present, please don’t take your gift to the graduation ceremony.  It then becomes someone else’s responsibility to take care of that gift. Send your gift in advance either before or after the graduation.

Do: If you receive a graduation announcement in the mail then you are not required to send a gift.  A congratulatory card is sufficient. If you are invited to the ceremony or to the graduation party then a gift is appropriate.

Graduation Dos and Donts

Don’t: Ask for an invite to the actual graduation. Many families receive limited tickets and can only select a certain few. If you are close enough to the family, you will probably receive a ticket. Otherwise, save your celebration for the party.

Do: Follow the specific dress code. If you are attending the graduation ceremony dress appropriately. If you are just going to attend a party follow the attire requests on the invitation or ask your host. It is always better to be overdressed than underdressed.

Don’t: Forget to turn off your cell phone. The last thing you want is to take away attention of the graduates because you accidentally left your phone on ring.

Do: If you receive a graduation present sending a handwritten thank you note is a must. An email or quick phone call is not appropriate.  People took time to pick out a present you should take the time to send a personal note.  (Click here to view a simple format for writing thank you notes.)

Happy graduation celebrations!