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You’ve sweated over your dissertation and your final exams, so graduation should be a breeze in comparison. Here are our top tips for a great day.

BOOK EARLY
So your family wants to visit a nice restaurant, or stay somewhere overnight on graduation day? Well if your family does, bear in mind that everyone else’s do too! Book early (or get your family to) to avoid a dinner chez Macdonalds and a late-night drive home.

DRESS RIGHT
It’s summer and you’re going to be wearing what is essentially a thick black blanket. Layers are the key! Wear something light underneath and bring something else you can swap into when it’s time to down the gown. Also, this is not the time for your usual Uni attire. Dress smart in case any potential employers are hanging about. And so you’re ready to…

EMBRACE THE PHOTOS
It might feel weird having your family parachute into the independent Uni life you’ve been living for the past three years. Just remember that today is a celebration for them as much as for you though. So get ready for embarrassing tears, cuddles and posing for 1000 photos. And, unless you want photos of you looking awkward hanging around the family home for the next 20 years, practice your biggest smile and go with the flow.

BRING TISSUES
Mum or Dad may not be the only ones shedding a tear on graduation day. It’s a big deal ending this chapter of your life and saying goodbye. You’ll have plenty of room under that gown to stash some Kleenex.

WHAT ARE YOU DOING NEXT?
Brace yourself. A variety of people are going to ask you, ‘what’s next?’ in a variety of different ways. Before you melt into a quarter-life crisis, remember that they’re probably just making polite chit-chat. They’re not deliberately trying to make you anxious or suggest that you should have found your dream job yet. We promise that 99% of graduates have no answer for this question on their graduation day and THAT’S OK!

REMEMBER, REMEMBER
The friends you’ve made and the experiences you’ve had at university have undoubtedly changed your life. At the moment you remember every tiny detail, but over the next few years new stories will inevitably take over. Find a way to take some of your favourite memories with you. Maybe ask your friends to sign something, write a message for you somewhere or pose for photos in some of your favourite places. If you want to take your Uni memories with you wherever you go have a look at the LucyLovesThis print of your town. Dozens of Lucy’s prints can even be personalised to add the road name of your student home.

June 13, 2019 by Lucy Stephens

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