• Amanda Vanderbeek

    Amanda Vanderbeek

    Class of 2012
    Ely, MN
    Elementary education

    Amanda's Bio:
    I grew up in the Twin Cities, but now live up in Ely, MN near the BWCA, where my family has been for the last 7 years. I have three brothers, who I adore, and I enjoy fishing, playing basketball, and rough housing with them whenever I can. My mom has been a daycare provider since I was born, which served as inspiration for me to pursue a degree in Elementary education. I also love to paint, draw, and DANCE! I have been dancing for twenty years and am a dance instructor in Superior, WI....I can't imagine a life without it!

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Graduation Party Etiquette

Graduation season is upon us, and the tradition of graduation party-hopping is here, as well.  There are several graduation parties taking place for me to attend this weekend, and I plan to try and make each one.  Over the years, the most common trend for hopping has been to greet, eat, and dash.  While this is an understandable and often the most comfortable form of graduation party-hopping, it is not the most sincere.  It shows your limited support for the graduate…but mostly just shows that you are after the free food!  Here are some etiquette tips for making the graduate and their families feel good while not being reeled into a long stay:

1. Greet the parents of the graduate:  When you first arrive, these two individuals will typically be the easiest to find.  They will be intermingling with guests, but mostly just restocking food, napkins, and beverages.  Congratulate them and show that you care about their child’s success.

2. Walk around and admire the decorations and photos:  Parents spends TONS of time getting together picture boards, memory books, and other decorations to convey the graduation process for their children.  Look at them and comment in any guestbooks that may be available.  This shows that you care even more!

3. Grab some food.  Okay, okay.  No denying the food and drinks are the key driving force for your attendance.  Go ahead and load up, then find a table with some other guests.  Introduce yourself, find out how they know the graduate, and have a nice conversation. 

4. Find the graduate.  Track them down and give them a hug/congratulations on their success.  If possible, have at least a card for them so that they can remember your attendance and pleasure in their graduation.

5. When you leave, be sure to say goodbye.  Tell the graduate and their parents how wonderful the party is, express another congratulations to the graduate, and say that you wish them luck in their future endeavors.

6. Drive to the next party, repeat.

Have fun, be polite, and bring with a friend or two so you don’t look so lonely! 😉

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