Graduation

Graduation is an important step in any person’s life. Whether they’re graduating high school or college (or getting another degree), recognize their achievement with our graduation ideas. We have tips for virtual graduations, graduation gift guides, books every graduate should read, and more to help you usher your graduate into the next stage of their life.

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How to Celebrate Graduation During Quarantine

You can still give your grad the sendoff they deserve, even during quarantine.
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Changing This One Thing Made My Dinner Parties So Much Better

I was the queen of multiple-course, over-the-top menus—and then I realized that nobody was having a good time.
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18 Encouraging Quotes From Famous Graduation Speeches That Still Ring True—No Matter How Old You Are

You don’t have to be a college senior to appreciate the wisdom, humor, and truth in these uplifting speeches. Here, the most encouraging quotes from famous grad speeches that apply to everyone, everywhere.
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The Empowering Letter Every New Grad Needs to Read Right Now

In the below essay, bestselling author Kristan Higgins pens a letter to her 23-year-old self that has lessons for any 20-something struggling to fit in and find her worth. 
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27 High School Graduation Gifts That Are Fun and Practical (but Mostly Fun)

Shopping for recent grads—high schoolers and college alum alike—can be a lot more complicated than simply clicking "add to cart." All new graduates need plenty of stuff to help officially usher them into the real world—but it's true that they want plenty of stuff, too. To make your shopping experience as seamless as possible, our editors did the leg work for you and handpicked more than two dozen graduation gift ideas that are a perfect combination of the two. Help the recent grad in your life get it together with practical yet creative gifts that will help them put their best foot forward. Our list of the best graduation gifts for her and him go beyond your basic care package, with items like Real Simple's very own  adulting guide book, and a diploma frame topping our list of graduation gifts they'll actually use (and more importantly, enjoy). Send them off to the next chapter of their life with graduation present ideas that will come in handy at both the office and at home. A gold-plated state necklace will remind them of their roots, no matter where their next move takes them; a DIY cross stitch kit will help their new apartment feel more like home. RELATED: 25 Useful College Graduation Gifts They'll Actually Be Excited About The best part about our picks for the best graduation gifts: None of them will bust your budget. Hats off to that!
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The 32 Most Inspiring Books for Graduates

Each one of these graduation books will inspire, motivate, and problem-solve for grads entering the real world or heading off to college.