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5 Top Tips for Getting Ready for Your Graduation Ceremony

Graduation day is a huge milestone for every student. It marks the end of years of hard work, dedication, and perseverance. As the big day approaches, it’s natural to feel a mix of excitement and nervousness. To ensure that your graduation ceremony is a memorable and stress-free experience, it’s essential to prepare in advance. You could say we know a thing or two about graduations, with having photographed thousands of graduates in our studio! Below are our 5 top tips that will help you get ready for your graduation day.

Professional Graduation photograph taken by Northern Ireland's top Graduation photographer in Belfast of a a girl in her Masters gowns from Queens University Belfast on a grey background

Plan Ahead

Plan ahead to avoid any last-minute chaos on your graduation day. Make a checklist of all the tasks you need to accomplish, such as picking up your cap and gown, arranging transportation, and ensuring that your family and friends have the necessary details. Also Make any hair nail makeup appointments well in advance especially if you are thinking of having on the day hair and makeup these will book up quickly so get yourself booked in ASAP!

Dress Appropriately

Your graduation ceremony is a formal occasion, so you will most likely need to get something to wear. Most institutions provide guidelines, such as the recommended colour of your dress or suit, so make sure to follow those instructions. Arrange to collect your Gown, hood and mortar board as soon as you can so you have time to get them ironed if needs be Additionally, choose comfortable footwear or spend some time breaking in new shoes, you’ll be spending a significant amount of time on your feet and will have to walk up on stage to collect your degree, and no one wants to do that in shoes that are pinching their toes!

Professional Graduation photograph taken by Northern Ireland's top Graduation photographer in Belfast of a a Man wearing his masters gowns from Queens University on a navy blue background
Prepare a Speech, or Thank You Notes

If you have been given the opportunity to give a speech or express your gratitude during the ceremony, it’s important to prepare in advance. Start by brainstorming ideas, structuring your speech, and practising it multiple times. Keep it concise, heartfelt, and focused on expressing your appreciation. Or if you plan to give thank-you notes or gifts to mentors, professors, friends or family, prepare them beforehand to ensure that they are meaningful and thoughtful.

Take Care of Yourself

Amidst the excitement and flurry of activities, it’s essential to prioritize self-care. Your graduation day will be physically and emotionally draining, so ensure that you get enough rest the night before. Eat a healthy breakfast and stay hydrated throughout the day. Take deep breaths and practice mindfulness techniques to help manage any nerves or anxiety you may experience. Remember to enjoy the moment and celebrate your achievements.

Professional Graduation photograph taken by Northern Ireland's top Graduation photographer in Belfast of a brother and sister wearing their undergraduate gowns in Law and Arts from Queens University on a navy blue background

Capture Your Memories… Properly.

Graduation day is a momentous occasion that you’ll want to remember for years to come. And no one wants to remember it as the day you spent 3 hours in a queue to get 2 minutes with a graduation photographer. Book yourself in with us either before or after your big day for your Graduation photography and get your professional photo shoot done at a time that suites you. Leaving you all the time in the world to enjoy your actual graduation day!

Have a relaxed time in our photography studio and let us make sure we get it right. Bring the whole family down with you, even the dog! We have all the gowns and hoods for Queens University Belfast, Ulster University and the Open University and also several more, check out our full list of gowns here. Sessions from £35 including Gown hire and graduation photos print packs from £95. Book your professional graduation photo shoot through June you will also get a professional LinkedIn headshot to get you ahead of the game with employers.


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