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The right words to congratulate your grad
Whether you’re sending a note or giving a toast, here are some easy ways to transfer your words of congratulations from your brain to their heart.
Send a noteCards mean so much more when they include a personal message. But a great card, like a great movie, needs a beginning, middle and end:
Add con-GRAD-ulations So far so good—follow this formula when making your congratulations and you’re halfway there. But what you say and how you say it depends on who and how old the graduate is. Make it fun or serious based on their age and personality.
Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm. — Winston Churchill
You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose. You're on your own. And you know what you know. You are the guy who'll decide where to go. — Dr. Seuss
Give a toastA great congrats toasts is constructed like a great congrats note. But toasts come with the added benefit (ha!) of fewer space and time restrictions.
This is great news if you’re an extrovert: Take some time to share stories that the grad and party guests will appreciate—whether it’s humorous or heartfelt. Bring props, such as your soon-to-be art major’s first kindergarten drawing. Or tell an anecdote about the law student's earliest attempts to con his way into a third cookie.
As for the introverts out there: An internet search can help you find a great graduation quote. Keep an index card with a few bullet points in your pocket just in case. And remember, like a good haircut, there’s nothing wrong with keeping it short.
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