Posted on April 13, 2015

I wanted to do a blog on what everyone needs to prep before graduation but I thought our current intern, Rachel,from Rutgers was a little more qualified to write it since she is about to graduate. I asked Rachel what’s on her graduation to-do list and she wrote an entire blog for us below. Here’s Rachel’s post:

With May graduation quickly approaching I have been making a list of everything I need to do before the big day. Use this list to help you manage what you need to do before you graduate!

  1. Meet with a counselor. It might be a good idea to meet with a counselor to make sure you are on track to graduate. This is a great opportunity to make sure you will have all the credits you need to graduate and receive advice on graduate schools or finding a job.
  2. Get a cap and gown. This one is obvious. Do your research on when you can order your cap and gown. You can also ask your friends that already graduated if you can use theirs as long as they are about the same height as you.
  3. Make and send graduation announcements. Send your friends and family an announcement that you are about to step into the real world! If you need help deciding where to get your graduation announcements from, check out this blog on Top 5 Websites for Graduation Announcements.
  4. Find out how many tickets your school gives you for guests. Most universities only allot a certain amount of tickets to the graduation ceremony for their friends and family. Make sure you know how many tickets you will have to give out. You wouldn’t want to invite ten people when you are only given five tickets.
  5. Make reservations at a restaurant or venue. If you plan on having dinner or a party after your graduation ceremony, make reservations at a restaurant or venue as soon as possible. You would be surprised how far in advanced some people make their reservations.
  6. Finish sending out graduate school and job applications. By now, a lot of people have already started hearing back from their graduate schools. If you have not done so already, you should send out those last minute applications. This may also be a good time to start following up with any jobs you may have already applied to that you haven’t heard back from.
  7. Read Lauren’s book, “Welcome to the Real World.” This is the second of Lauren’s two books that is the guide to helping you succeed in the “real world”! Take some time over spring break to break open this book. You may learn a thing or two to help you in these months leading up to graduation.

For a ton of advice on what to do after graduation, follow our feed of Post Grad advice HERE.