How exciting to graduate from anything – kindergarten, high school, traffic school. Graduating from college is even more special because you have earned a degree that not everyone gets the chance to get. While we are all expected to receive a high school education, not everyone automatically gets a college education. Some people have to wait until they are adults and work hard to put themselves through school on their own. This alone should be even more reason to celebrate your graduation.
When you finish an online education, there are sometimes graduation ceremonies – some schools, especially those that offer both online and classroom education, will have a graduation that celebrates all students, regardless of how they have earned their degree. You might be invited to attend an awards ceremony, especially if you have earned high grades during your education. If you possibly can, you should go. You have worked hard for this honor and should certainly enjoy it.
If there is not a graduation ceremony per se, you should have your own, including a huge gathering of friends and family, especially those who were helpful while you were working toward your education. If you want to create a rolled up mock diploma and have someone you admire award it to you, do so – this is your event after all. You do what makes you feel the best.
The end of your education might feel bittersweet – you are glad to be finished but unsure of what you are going to do next. Job hunting with your brand new degree might seem fruitless at first. While an education is very valuable, many employers would like to see some experience before they hire people. Be patient, you will find the right job.
For most schools, your diploma will be sent to you in the mail, however you will usually get an email confirmation of having finished your course work and what your final grade point average is. You can use this information when applying for jobs. You may also need to have your certificate of completion to set up student loan payments or, if you have not gotten a job yet, to defer payments.
Graduating is a very exciting time, marking the end of your education and the beginning of the next phase of your life. Do everything that you can to mark this very special occasion, and to reward yourself for all of the hard work that you have done.