The Graduation Checklist for Parents
This milestone for your student can mean a lot of work for you. Use this checklist to bring some order to the chaos.
Work with your student to be sure they’ve completed the administrative steps to officially graduate.
- Remind your student to follow through on these tips for college students and high school graduates.
- Your student should receive information on how and where to obtain a cap and gown—along with any special stoles, pins, tassels or regalia—for the ceremony.
Consider mementos of the occasion.
- Your student will have the opportunity to order class rings, yearbooks and other products to mark this important milestone. Check for deadlines.
- Graduation is also a good opportunity for family and individual photos. Many photographers specialize in senior portraits.
Make any reservations required.
- If you will be traveling to a college graduation, you may find that hotel rooms and transportation options are booked quickly and up to a year in advance.
- Graduation party venues may also become scarce depending on location and number of other graduates on your desired date.
- If you will order baked goods, catering, tents or other services, be sure to start that process early.
Invite friends and family to the party.
- Work with your student to plan a celebration everyone will enjoy.
- If guests ask what they can gift to your high school graduate, consider suggesting contributions to a college saving account or a gift card that can be used for textbooks and materials.
- Don’t forget to have thank-you cards on hand for your student to send shortly after the celebration.
Start planning the move.
- Whether your college student is moving to a new job or returning home for a while, he or she may need assistance. See our moving checklist for college graduates.
- As your high school graduate prepares to move to campus, keep a copy of the college’s suggested packing list handy. Also see some items you may want to take care of before fall term begins.