Pomp and circumstance echoed throughout the room as rows and rows of high school students filed in and took their place. I could not distinguish my niece from the others in the sea of white caps, so I waved to everyone… and no one in particular.
This marked the beginning of graduation season for my family. So far we have received six invites to graduations or graduation open houses. How do you navigate through this season of celebration?
Being a parent (aunt, grandparent, cousin or other relative), we eventually experience the excitement of a graduation. Along the way to this “big day” for your child, you can learn a thing or two from others. When my oldest son graduated, we attended open houses of some of his friends and I made mental notes of things we could do. No need to reinvent the wheel, right?
Here’s how I navigate through graduation season:
· Send congratulation cards to the graduates – you may not be able to attend every celebration you receive an invite to. Don’t feel bad if you can’t make it and don’t stress out trying to get there. A nice card lets them know that you are thinking about them.
· Collect ideas for your celebration – the day will come that you have to plan a celebration of your own. Make a note of the ideas that you’ve seen and liked; add your own creativity to the same idea.
· Make it a fun time – take photos…silly photos, playful photos, anything that creates a lasting memory.
If you’re planning a graduation celebration of your own, check out the snack ideas I came across (see below).
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Have you attended a graduation celebration this year yet? What was your experience?