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Graduation is probably a long way off for most of you, but it is never too early to start preparing for that important day. Believe it or not, there is a lot of detail that goes in to celebrating your accomplishments. Here are some tips to keep in mind.

Find out your graduation date

These should be available in your college’s main office and your advisor’s office. Specific dates are set about a year in advance of your graduation. They can also be found online.

Attend a graduation meeting in your college

These meetings are required for all graduating students so they are aware of any paperwork they need to fill out as well as obtain any information about honor cords.

Make good grades

End your final semester with a bang by earning good grades to bring up your GPA. Sure, you are a senior and have senioritis, but making good grades ensures you won’t have any unpleasant surprises on graduation day.

Book your hotel accommodations

WAY IN ADVANCE! Hotel rooms fill up quickly in town, so don’t wait too long, or your family may have to travel from a surrounding town on the day of graduation.

Get your Ring

Whether it is the official Texas Tech University ring or a custom one from the various jewelers in town, it is important to have one so you can always remember and represent your college years. You have to complete at least 75 hours to qualify to purchase an official ring.

Order invitations

Whether you choose to send out formal announcements ordered from the alumni association or you order custom announcements from a local photographer, let your family know of your accomplishments.

RSVP for Graduation.

You have to confirm that you will be walking at graduation by a certain date; otherwise you will not get to walk the stage.

Purchase your cap and gown!

These are probably some of the most important things you need on graduation day, so don’t wait until the last minute to get them. Also, the longer you wait, the less likely they will have your size. If you plan on renting your regalia, there are late fees if you rent after the deadline. The university bookstore is the supplier of all grad attire.


Meet all of your graduation party needs. Cake, food, and decorations are necessities for every graduation party. Enjoy time with your family and friends.

Frame your diploma!

After you graduate, show off that diploma! Local retailers provide many different styles of frames, so find the perfect one for you.

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The Word 2016-17  

A resource for students, faculty and staff learning the ins-and-outs of Texas Tech University.

The Word 2016-17  

A resource for students, faculty and staff learning the ins-and-outs of Texas Tech University.