We can’t believe it either, but May is a month away — which means the countdown to graduation has officially begun for seniors across the US! While we’re totally thrilled to walk across that stage with cap and gown on, there’s just so much we need to get done before we get that diploma. To keep you on track, here are the seven things you simply can’t forget to do before graduation day.
7 Things on your To-Do List Before May Graduation
1. Prep for Finals
The last few months before graduation aren’t all sunshine and rainbows. There’s one big hurdle in your way: finals week. Luckily, there are ways to make it so much easier on your nerves and your stomach. Ordering a finals week care package for you, a friend, or your favorite senior can help ease the stress of those last-test jitters.
2. Check-In With Your Advisor
Most colleges have some specific requirements when it comes to graduation. You may need to apply to be considered or have an advisor sign off on it. If you’re unsure what you need to do make it official (or you may be on the cusp of not completing a requirement for your program), the sooner you make a meeting with your advisor, the better off you will be.
3. Order Your Required Graduation Gear
Caps and gowns are not something that just pop up the day of graduation! Be on the lookout for emails or mailers about how you will go about ordering your graduation regalia. If you’re part of any honor societies, you may have extra steps to get your tassels or pins. And finally, don’t forget to pick out your outfit for underneath. Since it’s a summer graduation, you will want something light and airy that will look great — even if it’s slightly wrinkled.
4. RSVP to the Parties
From new alumni parties to your BFF’s family celebration, you’ll be rolling in invitations from all over. Don’t be rude and show up unexpected (or miss out on an awesome free event hosted by your college). Instead, RSVP early and keep your calendar updated with all the festivities.
5. Update Your Resume
Speaking of “update,” have you checked on your resume yet? You can change that “anticipated graduation date” soon (if you haven’t already). As soon as you’ve gotten word you’ll be graduating, change that date and send out to your prospects. It’s never too early to get a jumpstart on the job search.
6. Purchase Commencement Frames
Of course, you will want to show off your hard work when it’s all said and done. A graduation frame is an awesome gift to bring with you to your first apartment or a new office. Add a little personalization by picking a frame custom to your college.
7. Send Out Thank You Cards
It’s an old-fashioned idea, but handwritten thank you cards make a huge impression on the important people in your life. Take a day and write out a heartfelt note to those who got you through the last four plus years. It may be your mom and dad or it may be your favorite professors. Either way, they shouldn’t be forgotten on this special day.