How We Do It in Essex: Graduation Preparation

25 Apr


Graduations take place across the calendar but what advice do recent graduates from Essex University have for those who are preparing for their ceremony this season?

When thinking of my graduation, I have always imagined it as a small-scale version of my future wedding day -the preparations, the invitations, the gifts, and of course, the outfit.

 I’m getting ahead of myself, you might say, but for me graduation is a blindingly bright light at the end of a dark dissertation tunnel. While some of my university colleagues can’t see the importance in such an “outdated ceremony [in their words],for me graduation is an  opportunity, an offer  to finally take a break from the weeks spent hidden away from the world, surrounded by a pile of books in the university library.

Claire Winder, who graduated from the University of Essex in 2010, thinks that introductions between your parents and your fellow students’ parents can be a good way to to start the day. ” We all met at the main university square and did mass introductions of colleagues and professors my friends and parents had heard me speaking of but never met.gradd

Like most student traditions, alcohol is an irreplaceable element which  tempts us to get carried away, especially when being in a celebratory mood.

Therefore, it is important to have a big lunch, because “most likely you’ll be drinking from then on” advices the sociology graduate Stella Van.

“Have a big lunch before celebrations,” advises psychology graduate Jade Van Loo, 25, “because most likely you’ll be drinking from then on.” She tells me to allow proud and eager parents to have their moment too – which means preparing for lots of embarrassing photos.

But what should you wear?

“Pick out something conservative but still sassy to wear” warns the 24 Essex UniversityElla Daren. If you want to look like the mature adult you are about to become, but still look stunning and age-appropriate, then an  outfit like this would be absolutely perfect to wear during your graduation ceremony.


This silky  dress is lightweight and won’t look bulky under your robe, but will still look great for any activity you’ll attend after the ceremony. High-heels like these will look great with your robe, (plus they are easier to walk in and a little more dressy than the wedges). Trust me — you’ll be thankful you did once those photos hit Facebook (or, are framed and placed over the fireplace at your parents’ house!).

Despite all the worries and stress and preparations, there is one key advice to remember. As  Essex University graduate. Allen, 27,  says : “Enjoy it. It’s once in a lifetime”.

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