College Graduation Gift Etiquette

College graduation gift etiquette can help you know how to celebrate the graduate in your life. It is a wonderful time to recognize their accomplishments and wish them well on the next step in their life.

There are many ways that you can give a graduate something special. If you have been invited to attend the ceremony, or the party that follows, it is good gift etiquette to present the graduate with a gift. 

It is a common misconception that you are required to give a gift if you have received an announcement. This is something that is up to you, depending on how close you are to the graduate.

The options are limitless when using college graduation gift etiquette. A general rule of thumb is a monetary gift should be at least $25. What you spend on a gift itself, is left to your discretion. If you are not sure what the graduate would need, or like, feel free to ask his/her parents. They are entering into a new world of jobs, life and responsibility, so anything that helps them on their way is very much appreciated.

The following are some college graduation gift ideas:graduate gift

  • Flowers
  • Monogrammed Pen Set
  • Briefcase
  • Jewelry
  • Graduate Keepsakes
  • Photo Album
  • Books
  • Inspirational Art
  • Stationary
Obviously this list is not comprehensive. As you look at your relationship with the graduate, you will be able to determine what would mean the most to them.

Graduation gifts should be given on graduation day. If you are unable to attend, or live out of state, the gifts can be sent within 2 to 4 weeks of graduation. It is also very acceptable to give the gift 2 weeks prior to graduation.

It is wonderful to be able to share in the wonderful experience of college graduations with those you care about. They will appreciate any gift that they are presented with as a token of your love and admiration.

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