If you have a high school or college senior, both you and your student are most likely focused on the finish line — graduation! Your student has worked hard to get here, it’s been a long time coming, and this last year has probably be especially trying for everyone.
First, there may still be a few weeks remaining of that all-important final year. Help your student stay focused and help them ride the many emotions they may be feeling. Be sure to attend to the details that may be necessary to wrap things up and prepare for that final event.
Second, enjoy the occasion. It will probably look different this year than you imagined a few years ago, but the milestone is just as momentous. Relax (easier said than done), smile a lot (even if it’s still behind a mask), and share in your student’s excitement (and maybe a little trepidation as well.)
Then, once all of the festivities are over, it’s time to change focus and begin to ease into summer and begin to anticipate what’s next. It’s a time of transition and change for everyone — whether your student is leaving high school to head to college or the workforce, or whether they are heading to college. It’s time for the next step — for both your student and for you.
We’ve collected some of the articles on College Parent Central that may help answer some of your questions and begin to think about next steps. Use them to help both you and your student be ready.
And — Congratulations!
Turning the Page on the College Decision Dilemma
Saying ”No Thank You” to a College Acceptance
Why Your High School Senior Is So Stressed Right Now
Is Your College Senior Suffering from Senioritis? 13 Reasons Why It May Not Be What You Think
Commencement: Are You Ready for the Pomp and Circumstance?
College Commencement’s Coming: Is Your Student Ready?
Senior Summer: At the Crossroads of No Longer and Not Yet
Your College Freshman: The Summer Flood of Information
College Student’s Transition to Freshman Year
Boomerang Kids: When Graduation Means a Move Back Home
Whose Responsibility Is It to Find Your College Graduate a Job?
And for parents . . .
Parents, Write a Commencement Speech
Parents, Is Your Student Off to College? Here’s Some Homework for You
Gift Ideas for Your High School Graduate