Graduation is the beginning of another journey.
For Filipino families, graduation is a remarkable event not only for the graduating student but for the parents and siblings as well. It is the culmination of the hardships and sacrifices of everyone in the family.
The road leading to the graduation ceremony is a challenge – from the submission of the final project paper and last-minute reports to buying the graduation dress, fitting the gown, and host of other graduation-related preparations.
Our youngest daughter, Ciara Alyssa graduated last summer of 2019 with the degree in Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Riverside College.
She was also CUM LAUDE and Legacy awardee. These awards, especially the Latin Honor is extra special for us, parents because it shows that she is one of the top students of her batch.
Like any proud parents, we are excited to see her march and come up the stage to receive her diploma.
In this article, I will discuss the preparations that should be made for a memorable graduation ceremony.
1. Book a hotel room in advance
Usually, graduation ceremony is a whole-day affair – the whole morning is dedicated to the Baccalaureate Mass while the graduation ceremony is scheduled in the afternoon.
It is practical to get a hotel room near the ceremony venue and check-in the night before to give ample time for preparation and travel to and from the venue and hotel.
We checked in at the L Fisher Hotel’s Ecotel, which is about 15 minutes drive going to the event’s venue, SMX Convention Center. Going to the venue early of the schedule time allowed us to relax and get our reserved seat hassle-free.
Staying in the hotel gave us the luxury to go back after the morning program, leisurely ate our lunch and prepared ourselves for the afternoon session.
2. Set a make-up session with the make-up artist early
During the graduation months, most of the make-up artists are fully booked, making it difficult to get our preferred beautician. Therefore, giving a call to your beauty expert ahead of time will surely make a difference.
Since this occasion happens once in her lifetime, we made it a point to make Ciara doubly beautiful because she was comfortable having the same make-up artist every time she needs one.
3.Secure the tickets for the reserved seats
During the program, there are certain rules to follow. Let us not forget to bring our tickets as a pass for entry to the venue. Most schools are very strict in enforcing this rule because of the limited seats and capacity that are allowed inside the event’s venue.
Riverside College has the most disciplined and strict committees who ensure that the whole proceedings are running smoothly. While there were clamors heard in the afternoon’s program, these were addressed promptly by the energetic members of the committees.
4. Bring a camera and extra batteries
A graduation ceremony is a precious moment that should be immortalized through pictures. Having a camera and batteries on hand will surely accomplish this goal.
Riverside College has engaged the services of a single photography agency, which really help in ensuring that the ceremony, was quiet and solemn as possible since only these uniformed personnel were seen taking pictures and videoing the program.
We used our camera during the post-graduation picture taking with classmates and friends as well as family members.
5. Plan out the post-graduation celebration
While most of the soon-to-be graduates’ families were not particular about celebrations, it is wise to decide where and what to eat ahead of time. This will give the restaurant ample time to prepare the food and designate the table for us.
Our post-graduation celebration was held at Clems Bisto. For us, this is the ideal place because, it is located far away from the program venue; with little traffic, allowing us to reach the restaurant on time.
College graduation comes only once and making it memorable and hassle-free is the aim of everyone. Following these simple preparations will guarantee a smooth graduation proceedings.
Do you have a memorable graduation, too? Please share your experience in the Comment Section below.