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Tips to Make Your JMHS College Graduation Day A Success

Written by James Madison High School on Tuesday, 05 June 2018. Posted in Helpful Tips, Just for Fun

Tips to Make Your JMHS College Graduation Day A Success

Hey there, graduate! Your completion of your online high school diploma from JMHS is a momentous occasion, and one that deserves to be celebrated. One way we encourage all our graduates to celebrate is by attending our JMHS/Ashworth College in-person graduation ceremony.

An in-person ceremony from an online high school? You bet! Family and friends deserve to see you walk across the stage to be handed your diploma.

Hey there, graduate! Your completion of your online high school diploma from JMHS is a momentous occasion, and one that deserves to be celebrated. One way we encourage all our graduates to celebrate is by attending our JMHS/Ashworth College in-person graduation ceremony.

An in-person ceremony from an online high school? You bet! Family and friends deserve to see you walk across the stage to be handed your diploma.

Your graduation should be one of the most wonderful and memorable events of your life. To keep mishaps at bay, take a look at these quick tips from graduates who came before you. They’ll help you cross the stage with a smile! and you will proceed to a photo finish, smiling all the way.

Try your regalia attire on before graduation day. Try the gown on over your clothes to make sure you’re comfortable. Slide into your shoes to see if your gown needs hemmed. Make sure everything fits. Think back to your recent school days and test, test, test!

Keep It Comfy. James Madison High School graduation day is a long one! We give everyone time to take photos, socialize, and of course rehearse with a complete run-through of the ceremony. Spoiler alert: Atlanta in August is hot, so this tip boils down to wearing cool, lightweight clothing. But don’t dress too casually. Dark pants, socks and shoes are best for the guys as the colors blend well with the dark graduation gown. Ladies often choose to wear a dress or skirt. Choose dress shoes that are dark and allow you to walk comfortably and naturally. Avoid sandals, sneakers and any shoes you haven’t broken in yet or that you might trip over as you walk up the steps to the stage.

Charge your phone. You’ll want to take lots of photos so before you leave home or your hotel room, charge it up. Bring a charger with you just in case.

Take that last minute bio-break. (You’ll thank us). The JMHS graduation ceremony involves hundreds of graduates. This means standing in line as you march with other grads to your seat, sitting for your name to be called to come up to the stage, and remaining at your seat while other grads cross the stage. Trust us—the process seems much longer with a full bladder!

Cap, tassels, and bedazzles. Here’s a quick tutorial on how to wear a graduation cap. At the finale, move the tassel over to the left to symbolize your graduation.

You may wish to personalize your cap with decorations. We say, go all in!

The toss. Some students like to toss their caps into the air at the very end of the commencement ceremony as an expression of joy—and possibly relief. We’ll leave that up to you!

One final thought: Take time to appreciate the joy of the moment, in a day that celebrates your determination to overcome the barriers to education and your attainment of a worthwhile goal.

Congratulations Graduates!

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