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A college graduation party is an important rite of passage

College - it can be the best time in a person's life. For years we sit through classes, make new comrades and spend all-nighters with an extra large cup of coffee in front of us while hitting the books like a whiz.

Then one day - boom - it's over. With a cap on our heads and a diploma in our hands, we're thrown out into the real world. It's a scary moment, but everyone has to go through it eventually, don't they?

Believe it or not, there are ways to ease the pain and fear of leaving campus and good friends behind. And, of course, that's with a party!

A college graduation should always be celebrated with a special soiree. The person you're honoring has spent years working hard in order to hear the all-important bars of Pomp and Circumstance playing on commencement day. Their degree means something, and organizing a bash tells them you appreciate their astounding achievements.

If you're coordinating a party, you're in luck - graduation party ideas run the gamut. In fact, planning such an affair is often half the fun.

Start with a theme

Remember, themes aren't reserved just for kids' birthdays. They're important for a bash of any size, and graduation parties are no exception.

For graduation party themes, feel free to go wild. Why not uncover famous people who graduated from your guest of honor's institution? You can use photos of these celebrities to decorate your event space. If you uncover a bunch of important alumni, use their pictures as centerpieces.

Did You Know - Barack Obama received his undergraduate degree from Columbia University.

Send out invitationsGraduation invitations are vital - how else is everyone going to come together to toast your special someone?

To start, choose invitations that reflect the personality of the person you're honoring. Use their favorite color as the background, or go with a special motif that you're certain they would enjoy. Typical images such as diplomas and shiny apples are also perfect.

Did You Know - Julia Roberts graduated from Georgia State University.

Decorate like there's no tomorrow

Planning a graduation party takes time and patience. To make the day or evening really come together, it's your responsibility to pick out the perfect graduation decorations.

Begin your decorating escapades with banners placed all around the room. Make sure they have words such as "Congrats" and "Way to Go!" all over them. Also, don't forget to purchase décor with the year 2010 adorned on them.

Did You Know - David Letterman earned a degree from Ball State University.

Remember, college is a wonderful, happy time, and a recent grad may be a bit teary-eyed about moving on. You can keep them happy and distracted by planning a shindig they'll remember forever.

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