High school graduation gift etiquette

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High school graduation gift etiquette
Give a graduate a gift. (graduation image by timur1970 from Fotolia.com)

If you have a friend or family member who is getting ready to graduate from high school, college, graduate school or a specialised program, then give him a gift. It is customary to give tokens of honour and appreciation--including cards and money--at graduations. Give a gift that communicates how proud you are of the graduate and how excited you are for his journey ahead.

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Required Gifts

If the graduate or the graduate's family members have invited you to the graduation ceremony--or if you have been invited to a graduation party--then etiquette dictates that you bring or send a gift.

When to Give

Give your gift to the graduate on graduation day or close to the day, advises the etiquette website EmilyPost.com.

What to Give

Graduation gifts are left open to your creativity. "Many families see graduation as a rite of passage and celebration worthy. Some parents splurge on a car or computer," according to EmilyPost.com. Other people give gifts of money, jewellery, gift cards and even luggage to help with packing up for the big move to college or a new city.

Flowers

Flowers are a traditional gift choice. Either bring a bouquet to present to the graduate at the ceremony or buy a corsage or boutonni�re to wear at the graduation party.

Myths

One common graduation myth is that you have to send a gift if you receive a graduation announcement. This is not the case, according to EmilyPost.com. You need to send a gift only if you are invited to the graduation ceremony or a graduation party. "Whether or not you send a present, a card or note of congratulations is always appreciated," advises the website.

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