With graduation only a few days away, a lot of people are already starting the celebrations. Four years (or more in some cases) is a long time to devote to earning a degree, and it definitely deserves praise and a chance to celebrate. There are parties being thrown, cards being sent, and lots of well-wishes to go around. A lot of people are getting together with friends and family to toast their accomplishments, and social media streams have been filled with congratulatory messages.
I know I felt a lot of pride today when my father congratulated me and shook my hand, calling me a “college graduate” for the first time. Sure, it’s technically not “official” until the school mails out the diplomas in a few weeks, but the hard work is all done and behind me, and I’ve earned my degree. It feels good every time someone congratulates me. I’m also looking forward to getting a nice frame and hanging my degree up so I can show off the results of my years of hard work.
Graduation time is also time to pick up your Rowan Yearbook. Yearbooks became available this week, and are free to all seniors (on a first come, first serve basis while supplies last). Non-seniors can also purchase a yearbook for $25 starting next week, after commencement. Yearbooks can also be mailed for an additional fee (information can be found here). Picking up a yearbook can be a great way to celebrate your accomplishment with a keepsake that you’ll have for years to come.
Another perk of graduating is the gifts. Presents from a loved one, or even a Hallmark card with some cash in it, can be a nice perk after your last semester of hard work. Someone close to me even told me they were making me a gift by hand, which is very exciting!
If you are out at a graduation party this weekend, remember to stay safe. Celebrating your accomplishment is great, but make sure to celebrate responsibly!