Graduation is a big event in someone’s life. It marks a period of profound transition, whether into full adulthood, or a start to a new career. The fact that graduation has a formal ceremony dedicated to it shows its importance, and it’s traditional to mark this transition with a gift.
Monetary gifts are common. Since the graduate is often starting a new life, money is a great way to help them on their way. Practical gifts are also given, including housewares, formal clothing, and other things to help the graduate in their new line of work. These gifts are excellent ideas, but graduating impacts everyone differently. Consider something personally meaningful and symbolic to mark this moment of change.
Gifts For The Passionate Graduate
For the graduate who is certain about their career and backed by a driving passion, a quote from Ruth Bader Ginsburg sums this moment of change elegantly.
“Fight for the things that you care about, but do it in a way that will lead others to join you.”
Ginsburg said this in response to being asked what advice she would give young women today at a luncheon at the Radcliffe Institute. It emphasizes the strength of both the individual and the community, and invites us to bring others to our fights.
An inspiring quote from an inspiring leader, the passionate graduate will find this quote meaningful, and it will fuel the fire that drives them.
Our quote necklace sums these words up: “Fight for the things that you care about.” Your graduate can carry these words close to their heart as a talisman against uncertainty and doubt.
Gifts For The Graduate Who Wanders
Some people graduate without a specific job or career in mind. They intend to explore jobs in their chosen field and find their fit organically, gaining practical knowledge along the way. For these intrepid explorers, gifts that acknowledge their uncertain path as a strength are perfect.
In a 2015 tweet, Dolly Parton once said, “figure out who you are and then do it on purpose.”
This quote emphasizes the importance of exploration as a means of coping with uncertainty. For your wandering graduate, this quote will instill the confidence that will help them navigate a less-trodden path. It will also let them know that it’s okay to not always be sure what you’re doing.
This quote from Dolly Parton is hand-stamped on our beautiful quote necklace. It shows your graduate how much you believe in them, and it will allow your wanderer to keep this affirmation with them always, no matter where their path takes them.
Gifts For The Graduate Who’s Young At Heart
For some, taking a piece of their former life through a transition provides them with a sense of continuity and stability. If your graduate is young at heart, consider something from their childhood as a gift. This could be a treasured object from their childhood, or you could choose something more symbolic.
So many of us listened to and read the books of Dr. Seuss as children that his words are indelible in our memories. They carry with them the sweetness of childhood and the comfort and safety of the time we spent with our families.
His book Oh The Places You’ll Go combines these familiar feelings with a sense of hope and boldness:
“Oh! The places you’ll go!
You'll be on your way up!
You'll be seeing great sights!
You'll join the high fliers
who soar to high heights.”
This Dr Seuss quote will remind your graduate that the possibilities before them are limitless!
The words “oh the places you’ll go” are immortalized on our beautiful, hand-forged wrap ring. Worn on their finger, it will be a visible reminder of your grad’s boundless potential.
Gifts For The Curious Graduate
Some people graduate with a seemingly unquenchable thirst for knowledge. This characteristic spans disciplines from the sciences all the way to the arts, and everywhere in between. These graduates go on to not just seek answers to their questions, but more questions as well.
Albert Einstein is considered to be one of the smartest people to ever live, but he was also consumed with curiosity. He set out to solve major problems in physics, but considered his answers to be stepping stones for future scientific inquiry; new questions to be explored and answered.
One Albert Einstein quote that exemplifies this curiosity is:
“The important thing is not to stop questioning; never lose a holy curiosity.”
This quote frames the graduate’s own curiosity as something precious, and vital to advancements in their field, whatever that field may be. The words “never stop questioning” are emblazoned on our wrap ring, to encourage and inspire the curious graduate whenever they reach for answers.
Gifts For The Creative Graduate
Creativity takes many forms and spans every academic discipline. However your graduate expresses their creativity, a great graduation gift will encourage them to forge brand new paths, solve new problems, and create new and wonderful things.
Mary Oliver celebrated curiosity and the exuberance that comes with it in her poem, “Evidence.” It includes this passage:
“I believe in kindness. Also in mischief. Also in singing, especially when singing is not necessarily prescribed.”
This passage celebrates the creative spirit in all its glory, and it will bolster the curious graduate whenever their exuberance fails, or the world around them feels particularly dreary. It will bring color back when things seem grey.
The final line from “Evidence,” “Keep some room in your heart for the unimaginable,” is stamped on this quote necklace, and it’s the perfect graduation gift for the creative student in your life. Carrying these words with them will inspire them to create and remind them of their higher purpose. The fact that the three elegant bars on this necklace are hand-crafted by a skilled artisan gives them even more significance.
Inspirational words and words of encouragement are wonderful for carrying new graduates on into their new lives. We have one for every kind of grad; to find the perfect gift for the graduate in your life, check out our entire graduation collection. It’s a gift that will be remembered as both personal and meaningful.