I've always been puzzled by the celebrations surrounding high school graduation. The excitement just doesn't quite fit the achievement.
Not that I'm complaining that much. With the money I pulled from my own graduation almost 10 years ago now, I funded my first trip to Europe (instead of, say, a new computer for college " mine was a glorified telegraph machine that had to be practically crank-started " or the needed text books that turned out to be really effing expensive). On the flip side, all I received for college graduation was a pat on the back and a bill in the mail.
I guess it's all about the rite of passage, you know: Accept this diploma, a handful of cash and prizes, and start being a productive member of society. Either way, it's a big deal and a time to celebrate.
Getting grad announcements in the mail? If you're not inclined to give cash, check out these gift ideas. At my own grad party, I received the obligatory "Oh, the Places You'll Go!" by Dr. Seuss " a very sweet gesture, I think. While out scouting for ShopGirl, I've run across great Cross pens at Kamber's (for writing all those bills), perfect dorm accents at I Want Cards and grad-themed charms at James Avery. Being a proud (read: cold and taciturn) Northerner, I can't support wearing charm bracelets, but I've been told they're huge here " like, seriously a big deal " so I'm trusting that walking around with a mortar board charm hanging off your wrist won't elicit stares.