It’s Graduation Season! Are You Prepared?

Although it may seem like just a formality, there is so much to enjoy about a graduation ceremony. Students and families should really take the moment to celebrate this huge achievement and recognize the significant milestone. It is a bright light at the end of a tunnel that was filled with long hours studying, researching, and writing papers and exams. Now that the big day has arrived, are you ready? From convocation attire to making sure the day goes according to plan, there are a few things you can do to make your graduation day go smoothly.

3 Tips For A Smooth Graduation Experience

The weeks and months leading up to your convocation ceremony are bound to be busy, but with a little advanced planning, you will be able to be prepared and ready to enjoy the big day.

1. Plan ahead for your convocation attire.

While your educational institution may have some guidelines in terms of colours, you do have a few options when it comes to your convocation attire. Keep in mind that graduation season will be in full swing for just about every school, so don’t leave sorting out your cap and gown to the last minute. If you are looking for graduation gown rental in Toronto, Harcourts offers high quality robes and excellent customer service that will ensure you get just what you need.

If you are interested in purchasing a robe instead of renting, there are also plenty of options to buy a custom robe that will last you for many years to come. Again, keep your timing in mind, especially if you are looking to have a custom robe made, as the lead time for this option will be much longer than securing a gown rental.

 2. Pick the right outfit for underneath your graduation gown

Depending on when your graduation ceremony falls, you will need to select an outfit that won’t make you too hot or leave you feeling too cold. You also want to pick something comfortable, but not too casual, so that you aren’t pulling and adjusting your clothes during the ceremony. Consider wearing something with pockets if you think you will need things like glasses, Kleenex, or other small personal items.

In addition to your clothes, the right shoes matter as well. Your shoes will be fully visible so make sure they match the formality of the occasion, but that you can also walk comfortably in them. Chances are that you will be wearing them for a long period of time, so it is best to pick shoes that you know won’t cause you discomfort.

 3. Make a graduation day agenda.

Graduation day is a big event with lots of moving parts. There will be specific times you will be required to be at the venue, convocation attire on and ready to go, as well as where you will meet family and friends either before or after the ceremony. Because the day can be quite busy, it is best to plan out the following:

 1. Where and how long it will take you to get ready

 2. How you will get to the ceremony

 3. When you will eat before the ceremony (don’t go into the ceremony hungry!)

 4. Where you need to be lined up for the ceremony and at what time

 5. Where will you eat with family and friends after the ceremony

 6. Returning your gown rental, if applicable

By taking the time to plan out the day, you will feel less stressed and can take in and enjoy the day’s events.

Gown Rental In Toronto

If you know you’ll be graduating soon, it’s time to get organized! For assistance with graduation gown rental in Toronto, contact Harcourts. We rent bachelor style gowns for high school, college, and university convocations across Canada, and would be happy to help you be ready for your special day. Our gown rental form will give you more information on prices and options available. If you have any questions, please call us at 416.977.4408.