There are a lot of things that can cause some degree of stress at graduation for the various people involved. They can range for nerves about making a graduation speech to the sheer terror of having a large graduation party at your home. Indeed even the fact that you might have to compete against other graduation parties might just give you some concerns. However this is supposed to be one of the happiest times in the life of the graduate and the family. There is so much to celebrate in terms of the graduate’s achievements, their new life is just about to begin and they have reached a huge milestone in their life. From that perspective it is hard to see any justification for the event being stressful, and yet it can be in practice.
There are a number of steps you can take to make sure you all relax and enjoy the time you have at graduation. There are many activities that will be there for you to enjoy. For the family:
Step 1: Plan rigorously the graduation party and also the attendance at the ceremony. There will be so many things to do to get the graduate and yourselves ready for the ceremony including helping out of town guests. The graduation party will need the right plan which makes all the right moves at the right time. The plan will have everything identified and will also include some contingencies. The fact you have a great plan and can see what you have to do will give you a lot more confidence as you go through the lead up to the events.
Step 2: Prepare everything well in advance of the events and also work very hard to put everything in place that you require. Working hard will give you the results you need as you complete each task and again that will help you relax safe in the knowledge that things are going very well.
Step 3: Check in with others who have gone through it before and see if they have any great tips and techniques you can use. They will certainly tell you about the things that did not work and why. Using this knowledge will help you to know you are firmly on track to get it all right.
Step 4: Make sure you have enough help available and each person knows exactly what they have to do. It is too late at the graduation party to start doing things all by yourself, you will get stressed and fall out with the helpers.
In essence to key to having a relaxed and relatively stress free time at graduation for the family is to plan well, prepare well and work very hard to complete your plans. A calm state of mind comes from knowing everything will be done.
For the graduate things are a bit simpler. You need to just take your time and help as much as you can. If you just know where you are meant to be and when you can help a lot by doing just that. You can relax into being at the ceremony and doing what they tell you. You can spend quality time with your friends as you wish. At the graduation party you really only have to help as required and spend some time with each guest. If you approach it all one step at a time you can learn from it and grow stronger too.
By working hard and following some simple steps you can relax and enjoy this wonderful time that is the graduation party.