As area college and high school seniors prepare to graduate, the traditions of the graduation ceremony that have existed for generations will be put into practice yet again. But what exactly is the history of graduations?  Graduation is the action of receiving or conferring an academic degree or the ceremony that is sometimes associated, where students become graduates.   Legend states the Baccalaureate ceremony originated back to a statute dated 1432 at Oxford University, that required each bachelor to deliver a sermon as part of his academic exercise. The baccalaureate ceremony is considered the  highlight of the school year and a time to formally recognize the achievements of  students.

A graduation gift can be an important part of the graduation tradition itself and it can become a treasured keepsake. Especially since it’s marking a key life milestone, you want something lasting and meaningful. Whether you’re shopping for your daughter or your neighbor, we’ve got a lot of ideas that are traditional and inspiring.

Traditional, elegant and a gift that will last a lifetime are classic pearl studs.  Pearl studs are perfect for every stage of a graduate’s life from graduation to job interviews to weddings.

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A truly special gift and one that shows school pride are colored, stackable bands with school colors like these bands in the University of Maryland school colors.

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Do you want something inspiring for your graduate? How about a Waxing Poetic bangle with an inspirational quote to remind your graduate of their accomplishments and their promising future?

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Graduation is a time for the graduate to be proud that they made it! It’s a time to celebrate achievements – both academic and personal – and dreams for the future. It marks the start of a new part of life’s journey.  Whether you celebrate with a gift of jewelry or a trip abroad, the best gift you can give is “encouraging the dream!”

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