College Graduation Gifts

Graduation / Commencement

Graduation or Commencement refers to the receipt of an academic degree and involves a special ceremony, where students become graduates. This marks an important step for all young academics, as they complete their education and begin a new era of their lives.

The ceremony usually includes a procession of the academic staff and candidates, who wear academic dress for this formal occasion.

In North America, it is common to celebrate graduations from school, college and university, whilst in most other countries only degree-conferring graduations are observed.

Gift ideas

Monogrammed Towel

Add a personal message: "Congratulations on your success - no doubt you will have worked up a sweat to get this far!".

Electronics: Camcorder

Whether a friend is moving abroad or your child is leaving home for the first time - if you give them a video camera you can participate in this new experience. Just ask them to record all their favorite impressions and share them with you.

Stationery: Personlized notepad

A simple yet personal gift for anyone with a tendency to make notes on the back of grocery receipts and other bits of paper is a personalized notepad. You can tailor the personalization to refer in some way to the gift occasion or go for something standard like "From the desk of [name]". You can get all sorts of shapes and sizes, from self-sticking notepads to address labels.

Gifts that moved people

Car

Melissa, 25 got this from her mother and said:

I had my license at 15 because the state allowed me to drive. I drove a Clunker... the worst one. Then my mother gave me a brand new Neon. I always wanted a Mustang, but told her it was not practical and too expensive for me, and that I would prefer a sporty 4-door. I loved that car, sadly it was totaled in an accident by another person. One day I took my Grandma's car to Mom's office to go to lunch with her, it was summer, and she said... oh we will take my car... as we are walking into the parking garage she says, will you drive? I say.. ummmm ok.. she then hands me "her" keys. They don't look like her keys so I ask what is this, and she says, why don't you push the panic button. I do, and there is a white Mustang sitting in front of me, all mine!

Pillow for my dorm room bed, called a "husband"

Anna, 48 got this from her sister-in-law and said:

As I was getting ready to leave home for the first time to go to college, my sister-in-law came to visit carrying something she called a "husband." It was a pillow with a big back and arms that I could put on my dorm room bed and recline on. I had never heard of nor seen anything like it, but she assured me that it would be very useful. I was skeptical but took it to college with me anyway. I noticed a few other people had one so I put it out on my bed. Wow! I could lay back and still do my homework. It was so comfortable and I used it every day. As a matter of fact, I kept and used that pillow for ten years after college graduation before it finally feel apart. This was a very thoughtful, useful, and long-lasting gift.

Symbols

Labyrinth / Maze

The maze is associated with the choices required to reach safety during the journey of life.

The maze is also linked to the confusion and contradiction of the unconscious mind. Arriving at the center means discovery of the self.

Egg

  • The egg symbolises creation: the beginning of life itself or the beginning of a new period of life.

  • The Chinese present a red hard-boiled egg as a symbol of congratulations when a baby is born. The egg's "eyes" is said to watch over the child.

  • It is a Persian custom to give one another eggs on New Year's Day.

Metal

Metal was used as an adornment by Ancient Egyptians as protection against harm and evil spirits. Many Egyptian women still observe this tradition, wearing glittery ornaments in their hair and around their neck to ward off evil influences.

Quotes

Do not follow where the path may lead. Go, instead, where there is no path and leave a trail.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

All that stands between the graduate and the top of the ladder is the ladder.

Unknown Author

An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest.

Benjamin Franklin

Graduation is only a concept. In real life every day you graduate. Graduation is a process that goes on until the last day of your life. If you can grasp that, you'll make a difference.

Arie Pencovici

Make the most of yourself, for that is all there is of you.

Ralph Waldo Emerson