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You get a gold pin, apparently.

What is the true nature of Phi Theta Kappa? Also, what is the nature of my school if it is sharing my grade detail with this organisation?
posted by converge on Jul 22, 2014 - 10 answers

Timeless Graduation Present for a Computer scientist

My Partner is graduating this summer, with a degree in computing, I'm looking for a present relevant to computing that would be a timeless present.
posted by anonymous on Jul 17, 2014 - 11 answers

University Commencement - to go or not to go?

I will be graduating soon and I'm debating whether or not I should go to the graduation ceremony. On one hand, I'm proud that I finished but on the other, I can't invite my family and I wonder if it's worth doing alone. Does the ceremony even matter? If I don't go, will I regret it forever? [more inside]
posted by cyml on May 22, 2014 - 68 answers

Posthumous PhD

Do you know of anyone who received a posthumous PhD? How was the graduation ceremony handled? Who accepted the degree on their behalf? And, where were they in terms of their dissertation -- already filed, soon to file with a few revisions, etc.? [more inside]
posted by mudpuppie on May 20, 2014 - 11 answers

Should I give my student a gift to celebrate her PhD? If so, what?

This is a gift question, but not holiday related. Still, MeFi is full of experts.... So, my first PhD student just successfully defended, and I am very proud of her. The question is whether to give her a gift, and if so, what.... [more inside]
posted by JMOZ on Dec 15, 2013 - 20 answers

What should I do after graduation? Confused MIS major

I'm graduating in the spring and have done well enough in my classes, but I don't feel like I really know how to *do* anything. Give me some direction? [more inside]
posted by revi on Dec 6, 2013 - 10 answers

What do you wish you'd read before you left college?

I'm helping to design a course for college juniors and seniors in the health sciences. What books (textbooks, popular non-fiction, or even novels), articles, essays, and websites would be most helpful for the students as they finish up their degrees? [more inside]
posted by terrierhead on Nov 12, 2013 - 19 answers

Do you know the perfect quote for my sister's graduation?

My younger sister is graduating from University (UK), with a degree in Press Photography. I'm looking for a quote to frame and give to my sister as a graduation gift. I have found many examples of typical 'graduation' quotes, but I'm looking for something a bit more specific, which will ideally fit a number of the criteria below. [more inside]
posted by schmoo on Aug 9, 2013 - 9 answers

When you went away to college, what gift was most meaningful?

My fine stepson is going away to college soon. We have a pretty good relationship, and I'd like to give him something that would be a meaningful gift. I'd love to hear about what you received (or even what you would've liked to have got); anything from trinkets to books about surviving that first year away. Thanks for considering this.
posted by hick57 on Aug 9, 2013 - 47 answers

GraduationGiftFilter

My nephew is graduating high school and is headed to Washington DC for college! What would be a unique and useful gift to give him? [more inside]
posted by antonymous on Jun 12, 2013 - 40 answers

Graduation anxiety, is it silly to repeat the last of year of college?

Hi Metafilter, I'm about to graduate this Summer from a college in Europe. It's for a creative profession and I'm currently honesty considering to repeat the year. Considering the circumstances (more below), would it be silly to volunteer a rerun of the year? [more inside]
posted by ahtlast93 on Jun 8, 2013 - 13 answers

I am your graduation's guest speaker... now what?

I agreed to be the guest speaker at the graduation for a graduate-school program. Students, families, and teachers will be present, about 60 people total. All the grads are getting the same degree. I have a similar degree and now I work in the field which they will be (trying to) work in. (It's a competitive, low-paying field, and the students are well aware of that fact.) I do guest lectures all the time at university classes, sort of like career-day presentations, but I get the feeling I should be talking about big-picture stuff, be optimistic and empowering and inspiring or whatever. Thing is, I don't know how to do that, but I want to make sure the audience gets something useful from my speech. How do I best approach (and format) a 30 minute graduation speech? It's in 1 week.
posted by Jason and Laszlo on May 8, 2013 - 17 answers

Buy a basic graduation cap for cheap on a short time frame?

Okay, so I am a community college faculty member who is supposed to wear my academic regalia to our graduation ceremony next Saturday. I've got my gown and hood, but I can't find my stupid mortarboard anywhere. My wife has hers, but as her noggin is significantly smaller than my enormous melon, when I put it on it looks like I'm being sucked into a wormhole head first. So what I need is: a) a basic shiny black academic cap and tassel, b) that fits giant heads, c) at low cost, d) delivered in the next eight days. I've found places on line where I can do this for $45. Is there a way to do it for $20?
posted by Pater Aletheias on May 2, 2013 - 14 answers

Birthday/Graduation gift for my techie, forestry-bound nephew?

My nephew is turning 18 in a week. He is graduating from high school in June. He has no idea what he wants for a gift for either event. tl;dr: What might a socially active gaming-nerd turned forestry major find useful or enjoy before or during his first year away from home? What do you get for the guy who's pretty content with anything he gets? [more inside]
posted by tllaya on Apr 20, 2013 - 14 answers

Cute dessert idea for med school graduation

The majority of my friends are in medical school and are graduating this year. I'm a baker and wanted to give them all small gifts that are cute/tasty/medical or graduation-related. The only thing I could think of is decorated cookies (I do shortbread or brownie cookies) but any suggestions on shapes? Nothing too complicated, please! [more inside]
posted by picarosado on Mar 29, 2013 - 12 answers

Mortarboards hurt when they fall

Looking for movies with a classic graduate cap toss: the speech is over, the plot comes to a pleasing conclusion, and then everybody, preferably the whole school, takes their hats off and tosses them in the air, in slo-mo. The sky is blue, it's a stock photography moment. What are movies or TV shows with this oh-so-cliche scene?
posted by saysthis on Mar 24, 2013 - 15 answers

Italian gift ideas for fashion design grad

Seeking ideas for a graduation gift that we could buy in Italy for a fashion design major. [more inside]
posted by mediated self on Mar 2, 2013 - 3 answers

Help me beat the post-graduation blues...

Lots of life changes: graduated from college, different relationship, became a freelancer all in the last year. Feeling aimless, nostalgic, and in need of some perspective. [more inside]
posted by happyjuice on Jan 9, 2013 - 10 answers

How do you stay sane on two weeks of vacation a year?

I just accepted my first real job offer! I'm excited, but kind of freaking out about adjusting to a traditional working lifestyle. [more inside]
posted by circumspice on Jan 8, 2013 - 49 answers

Job Offer Questions

I got the job offer! ...Now what? [more inside]
posted by nickhb on Dec 4, 2012 - 15 answers

Feel like I'm going to lose my marbles!

How do I plan for or learn to cope with huge changes in my life this year that include graduating university, getting married, moving cross country? (sorry long!!) [more inside]
posted by snowysoul on Nov 2, 2012 - 3 answers

Continuing forward from a disappointing, chaotic college experience

These were four miserable years, and they were supposed to be the best? I guess the best years still lie ahead of me? [more inside]
posted by Seeking Direction on Oct 26, 2012 - 51 answers

What do I put on my CV for the person who is writing me a recommendation to grad school?

What goes on an academic CV, especially when one doesn't exactly have a huge academic history to draw from? [more inside]
posted by Scientist on Oct 11, 2012 - 7 answers

To drop a class or not to drop a class, that is the question.

To be optimistic or realistic - should I drop this class or not? [more inside]
posted by Seeking Direction on Sep 26, 2012 - 24 answers

How do I find a job in IT/Web with lots of experience before I graduate in may?

I am graduating next May (2013) with a Bachelors of Science in Applied Computing Technology from Colorado State University. I have 3 years IT & Network Support experience and just about 2.5 years web development experience through Student positions. I've done the whole freelance thing for the last 5 years as a Wordpress theme guy. How do I approach getting a full time job after college? [more inside]
posted by snow_mac on Jul 17, 2012 - 9 answers

Because I knew you, I have been changed for good.

Several years ago, my husband's close friend died suddenly. Now the friend's oldest son is graduating from high school, and his wife asked my husband (and others) to pass on some personal accumulated wisdom and memories. What kinds of things should we address? [more inside]
posted by Madamina on Jun 22, 2012 - 14 answers

How can I make graduation invitations using CS6?

Graduation time! How can I make my own semi-fancy/straight-up-fancy graduation invitations? [more inside]
posted by apip on Jun 15, 2012 - 6 answers

where to get grad photos in Toronto?

Where can I get affordable college grad pictures, complete with cap (if applicable?) and gown, in Toronto? [more inside]
posted by windykites on May 28, 2012 - 3 answers

What to give a Boston-bound individual?

Boston-specific (or not) graduation gift? [more inside]
posted by Morrigan on May 20, 2012 - 11 answers

History Research After College

I am graduating this weekend with a BA in History. I wrote a senior honors thesis and really loved the process of conducting research. Is there a way I can continue researching next year, while I'm not in school? [more inside]
posted by sockysocksock on May 11, 2012 - 15 answers

Post-graduation dessert for 20?

Any suggestions for a restaurant in Baltimore where we can have (just) dessert for ~20 people following the Goucher graduation? A reservation would be ideal to assuage the stress of relatives. [more inside]
posted by brackish.line on May 9, 2012 - 5 answers

How can I graduate and find a job when I'm struggling?

I am in my 7th year of a science Ph.D. at MIT and I need to graduate. I have invested an incredible amount of time and energy in this process, and I definitely have a Ph.D. level of skills and knowledge by now. 7 years is not outside the norm for my department. The problem is that a number of circumstances occurring in a row have lead to a bad/toxic relationship with my advisor and slow performance on my part. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 7, 2012 - 11 answers

Masters Graduation Gift

Graduation gift for a close friend getting their masters in education? (More inside) [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 2, 2012 - 6 answers

Non-religious quotes for graduating university students?

Help me find an inspirational quote that is non-religious. [more inside]
posted by asnider on Apr 17, 2012 - 22 answers

Goofy gift ideas, please?

My nephew will be graduating next month from medical school in PA, then going off to a seven-year (!) neurosurgery residency in CA. In honor of the occasion, I plan to give him a check along with some sort of goofy and memorable gag gift but my brain is fried. Can you give me some ideas and (if applicable) links? About him: He's tall with an athletic build (I swear he must have been adopted!), a runner, has a girlfriend, loves goofy and quirky stuff, and will do or wear most anything on a dare.
posted by DrGail on Apr 13, 2012 - 7 answers

What should I get my sister for her law school graduation?

My sister is graduating from law school. I've just realized I should probably get her a gift. But what?! [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 10, 2012 - 17 answers

Gift for a corporate gal.

Corporate ladies, help me pick an amazing gift for my newly corporate bff. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 9, 2012 - 18 answers

Jobless Twentysomething

Please help me plan my post grad life (aspiring designer). [more inside]
posted by nikayla_luv on Mar 3, 2012 - 4 answers

Can a veteran who enlisted in the early 80's prove that he's a high school graduate?

Can a veteran who enlisted in the early 80's prove that he's a high school graduate? [more inside]
posted by caroljean63 on Feb 19, 2012 - 16 answers

What should an economics major do in agricultural development?

Help! What should an economics major do in agricultural development? [more inside]
posted by justalisteningman on Feb 1, 2012 - 10 answers

Graduation ideas for my brother?

My brother graduates from high school this summer. I want to get him some fun gifts that will keep him entertained and might also help him navigate the post-HS waters. More about him inside. Gift ideas appreciated. [more inside]
posted by riddler on Jan 17, 2012 - 13 answers

My brain wants me to hate myself. My self wants me to finish college. Help.

Please help me make a plan to deal with the aftermath of this episode of severe depression. For various reasons I would really prefer not to be enrolled in college again next semester. It's long, I'm sorry, but I wrote this too quickly to pare things out. [more inside]
posted by bilabial on Nov 30, 2011 - 12 answers

Creative way for each nursing school graduate to say thank you?

Ideas for my nursing schools pinning ceremony?? I was thinking about video thank you's during the individual pinning ... [more inside]
posted by learninguntilidie on Oct 5, 2011 - 4 answers

Do I rearrange my life around family?

Taking the next stage of my life after college. [more inside]
posted by mind2body on Sep 11, 2011 - 16 answers

I want to make the most out of the choices given to me in my future career.

I have a dream of becoming an anthropologist someday. The problem is I don't know what I should focus on. [more inside]
posted by mind2body on Jul 31, 2011 - 11 answers

I'll be the best-educated person under the 9th Street Bridge.

I'm an unemployed PhD! Wheeeee!!!! What can I do to ensure that I won't be homeless next month? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 20, 2011 - 36 answers

Can my job search please be over already?

I will graduate from college in a week. Two weeks ago, I got an email from an institution that I had done a job interview with saying, "We would like to move forward in the process" and asking to do a background check on me. I filled out the paperwork and faxed it back immediately. They still haven't gotten back to me. (I know my background is clean, as I've passed two other background checks recently.) How good should I feel about my prospects here? Was I wrong in assuming that the background check was a prelude to an employment offer?
posted by anonymous on Jun 6, 2011 - 11 answers

Graduation gift for a math and geology nerd

I'm looking for a graduation gift for a math and geology nerd. My best friend just got dual bachelor's degrees. She's going to grad school for geophysics in the fall. I know approximately zero about her areas of study and would like to get her something nice. [more inside]
posted by desjardins on May 26, 2011 - 15 answers

What should I get my little brother for high school graduation?

What should I get my little brother for high school graduation? [more inside]
posted by angsolom on May 25, 2011 - 37 answers

To 3G or not to 3G

Buying a Kindle as a gift for a new high school grad going on to college (Yale). To 3G or not to 3G? I would imagine that on campus WiFi is ubiquitous, and so 3G isn't required? Personally, I love my WiFi-only Kindle, but I'm a techy who swims in WiFi waves 24/7. This grad is a non-techy classics major.
posted by schrodycat on May 22, 2011 - 45 answers

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