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Graduation: Ceremony, Celebration, or Both?
Written by Cindy Post Senning  

What to do During Graduation Season

SL_graduation_WOGraduation season is here. Each graduation marks a milepost in the lives of many students. It’s a serious yet joyful event. And therein lies the conundrum: Do we show our pride in the graduate with air horns and beach balls? Or do we show respect in somber silence? The answer lies somewhere in the middle. Consider these questions as you decide how you’ll demonstrate your joy for your graduate:

  • Does it fit with the tradition of the institution?
  • Will others be able to hear their loved one’s special moment?
  • Does it reflect the significance of the ceremony?
  • Will the graduate hear it with pride?

If you said “yes” to all the above you are probably in the right ball park. If not, you may want to reconsider and find a celebratory way to honor those you love at their graduation ceremony.