Celebrate the Graduates in Your Life

Graduation is a symbol of completing one phase of life and moving on to the next. It is also a time to celebrate with loved ones, their hard work, and accomplishments. Whether you know someone graduating from high school or college, graduates are in a time of transition, in a growth period where they start becoming who they want to be. We asked how people celebrate their graduates, what advice they give, and for graduation gift ideas.

Find a Great Mentor
“I was lucky to have the right heroes. Tell me who your heroes are and I’ll tell you how you’ll turn out to be. The qualities of the one you admire are the traits that you, with a little practice, can make your own, and that, if practiced, will become habit-forming,” said Warren Buffet.

Ken Dunn’s book Being the Change: Inspired to Win in Network Marketing, has a chapter about finding a great mentor. He suggests finding someone who is successful, with the same ethical principles, and morals. “When you have big goals, it’s much easier to follow in the footsteps of others than to create your own path.”

Words of Wisdom
“As you enter a new chapter in your life, it’s important to remember that you are the owner of your path. You determine how happy you will be, you will determine how much success you have,” said Mary Grace Gardner, a College Admissions Consultant and Founder of The Young Professionista.

Share quotes with the graduate, and encourage them to make a positive difference in the world, suggested Brightmont Academy Campus Director Marcia Rodes, Med, EdD.

Unique Gift Ideas for Graduates
Rodes shared that at Brightmont Academy’s graduation, each graduate has a “Words of Affirmation” posters. Students and staff share positive vibes and compliments of the graduates’ good qualities. “No two posters ever look alike, and it’s just like wrapping the student up in all of their strengths before we send them onward.”

The Patchwork Bear creates handmade quilts and bears made from customer’s favorite clothing or momentos. This is an alternative way to recycle, remake and remember good memories. Graduates can have all their favorite sports jerseys, club, school, and team shirts pieces together to make one keepsake. Founder Jennifer Cura claims this as a sentimental way to recycle all those favorite outfits into a family keepsake.

Travel gift cards, airline gift cards, hotel vouchers, points, etc. These are examples of nice gifts for some well-earned time off before hitting the real world, shared David Levy, Editor of Edvisors Network. Levy also suggested gifting magazine subscriptions and trade magazines that are applicable to the graduates field of study, career interest, or hobbies always make good gifts.

Books for the College Graduate
–  Year of Yes by Shona Rhimes
–  Oh, The Places You’ll Go by Dr. Seuss

Books about Personal Finance
–  Get a Financial Life: Personal Finance in Your Twenties and Thirties by Beth Kobliner
–  I Will Teach You To Be Rich by Ramit Sethi
–  The Millionaire Next Door: The Surprising Secrets of America’s Wealthy by Thomas Stanley and William Danko
–  A Random Walk Down Wall Street by Burton G. Malkiel

Books about Jobs and Career
–  Lean In for Graduates by Sheryl Sandberg
–  What Color Is Your Parachute? by Richard Bolles
–  I Just Graduated… Now What? By Katherine Schwarzenegger
–  There Is Life After College: What Parents and Students Should Know about Navigating School to Prepare for the Jobs of Tomorrow by Jeffrey Selingo