Graduation: the good, the bad, and the ugly

The last day to apply for May graduation is Feb. 1, 2013. Graduation is quickly approaching and the time will arrive before you know it, so it is wise to plan ahead. You would not want to miss graduation because you did not register on time.

Graduation is a day of changes and new beginnings. Registering early for graduation can help you avoid long lines. One of the most important things that you should do before registering for graduation is to double check that you meet the requirements needed to receive your diploma. You can do this by making an appointment to see your advisor. You may also want to check with your family members to see if they are planning something special for you. If they are planning a party or dinner, you should keep them up to date about when it is.

The three most important dates regarding graduation is the last date of graduation registration, the date of the graduation ceremony, and when to order your cap and gown. When do you pick up your cap and gown? When and where is the ceremony?

Do you plan on walking or watching your graduating class walk in the ceremony? You should keep a schedule from the time that you register for graduation to the time you graduate. It will help you with scheduling graduation events, parties and dinners. If you are still taking classes this semester, try to keep your grades up. You do not want to not graduate because you failed a mandatory class.

When you plan on graduating, it shows the great amount of determination, responsibility and hard work that you put into your classes. If you are involved with programs like TRIO or special education, talk to your counselor about any questions regarding graduation. Graduation can also be a stressful time, so keep yourself, family and friends informed. Remember to speak with your advisor and enjoy the day.

The world needs dreamers, and the world needs doers. But above all, the world needs dreamers who do. ~Sarah Ban Breathnach, Simple Abundance: A Daybook of Comfort and Joy, 1996

Mairead Warner

Staff Writer

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