Things to check off the list while going to Grad Expo


Graphic by Jade Williams

As we continue to count down the days until the ever anticipated spring commencement ceremony, there are some pressing matters that need to be tended to. Tuesday, in the Nicholls ballroom, the Grad Expo is taking place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and graduating seniors will be able to conveniently check a few things off of the never-ending to-do list before May 16 rolls around.  

First off, look your best. Well, at least make sure to look presentable from the neck up. Although yearbook signing parties are not the most popular thing anymore, which is ludicrous, these cap and gown photos will forever be showcased in the 2020 edition of the Nicholls yearbook. Not only should you comb your hair to impress your fellow classmates, but it’s also just best to avoid a lecture from the parents about how you wasted a perfect opportunity for a complimentary headshot and free print. 

The next thing to take care of is actually ordering the precious gown and all of it’s bright red “N” glory. Too short might look dumb and there’s a good chance you’ll be the kid that trips on stage if its too long, so maybe know your measurements before going in. They may all look the same, but don’t be deceived. Try it on, or call your mom, whichever works. 

Other things available to order are graduation announcements and class rings. Announcements can be tricky because what’s the right way to ask people for money? Personally, I would rather pocket the cash spent on the cards and use the time that would be spent addressing them doing literally anything else. However, if done right and thoughtfully, there could be a lot of green return mail in your future.

Before buying, think of who you would send them to, around how many you would need, as to not overpay, and if it is even worth it. A graduation ring, on the other hand, has no cash benefits. You either want one or you don’t. Some people’s rings never come out of the box, some stay in a closet or drawer for years, or some wear it every day. Again, is it worth it? Even if it’s only worn on and off for the first year out of college, a pretty band is a nice statement to casually say “Yeah, I did that.”

Overall, GO TO THE EXPO. Get the picture, order the things and give yourself a little sense of relief. You can even get information on career services and graduate programs while there. Convenience is not an easy thing to come by.