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What should I expect on my graduation day?

My college graduation is coming up in a few days. With all the planning I need to do for my graduation open house, I am a bunch of nerves. The day’s events pretty much follow the university’s graduation schedule 2017 and nothing is likely to change.

My sister has been quite supportive, having graduated two years back. However, I am still worried about how the day will turn out and would like to be prepared for any eventualities. I would like another person’s insight on what to expect on the graduation day.

Deborah Edwards

in Events and Holidays

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Derrick Little on May 17, 2018

Graduation days are important not just for the students graduating but also their families and close friends. Proper planning for the day is important in making sure such a day is a success.

Commencement ceremonies differ with the country, university or program. However, all graduations have particular attributes in common.  You can find here what you should expect and some things you should do before the D-day to make sure your special day runs smoothly.


  • Keep up with relevant information communicated by your college or university: it is important to make sure that your institution can pass all the relevant information. Ensure your contact details are up to date. It is important to also go through your day’s official schedule not just the 2017 graduation schedule as not everything may be the same.
  • Confirm that your names are represented properly: though this precaution may seem trivial, remember that the names recorded in your college or university documents will appear so in your certificate.  
  • Ensure you have no outstanding fee arrears: student debts, however small, with the school can lock you out of the graduation.
  • Do the application process early: it is only after completing the graduation registration process and paying the relevant fees that you get to reserve your space/seat and tickets for your guests.
  • Hire your graduation regalia: different universities source for the graduation attire from different places. Some schools may require you to make arrangements with a specific provider.
  • Book the venue for your open house graduation reception.


Generally, the university/college/school will brief you on the procedure for the ceremony. However, there are some things that you will most likely experience:

  • There will be a lot of people that you don’t know.
  • You will seat in a reserved area and not where your loved ones will be.
  • Graduands are expected to be seated at least half an hour before the start of the event.
  • You are expected to sit on the chair assigned to you.
  • In some institutions, you will enter through a different door from the rest of the crowd.
  • Most ceremonies are usually lengthy and wearing comfortable clothing underneath your gown makes the day more bearable.
  • The certificates are not usually presented at the ceremony but picked later at the relevant offices.
  • Note where your family is seated as it might be difficult to track them later from the mammoth crowd.
  • Free refreshments are usually provided at the end of the ceremony. 

Charles McAlear2 years ago

Well, just as college maybe didn’t turn out as you had expected, it is good to accept that the graduation day may not be exactly as you expect it to. Even if you follow all the prior preparation tips mentioned here, there will be a few things that will be beyond your control. For example, will all your guests show up? Will they arrive on time? Will the weather be warm or cold?

Admittedly, choosing appropriate attire for the day may turn out to be a total flop if the weather turns out differently while guests may disappoint you if they don’t adhere to your time specifications. So, what do you do to make sure your day does turn out great?

The best thing you can do is to focus on enjoying the day rather than trying to make it perfect. Celebrate yourself as this day is about you.   

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