Loc: Salt Lake
|Posted: 10/9/2012 2:20:14 PM|
I'm not a memory stuff person. For the most part if I have a picture, I'm good. DS likes memory stuff more than I do, but I suspect that some day he will be more like me as he has been wanting a less cluttered room more and more lately.
DS brought home a folder full of class rings, tassels, jewelry, clothes, announcements etc. yesterday. It needs to be turned in tomorrow.
What did you buy and were glad you bought? What do you wish you had bought? What do you wish you had not bought? What did you do instead?
Stay Gold, Ponyboy
Loc: The Left Coast
|Posted: 10/9/2012 2:26:37 PM|
Commemorative tassel vs the one he'll wear for the ceremony?
My youngest is a junior, and he'll be more into the stuff. However, for my oldest, we ordered the announcements, the card with his name on it, thank you notes, and then the tassel for the ceremony.
"She is too fond of books, and it has turned her brain." - Louisa May Alcott
boring + nerdy
|Posted: 10/9/2012 2:26:57 PM|
Based on me at that age, I say a tassel and announcements. I loved HS but wasn't interested in a bunch of tchochkes related to it.
Based on me today and what I want as a memory of graduation, I say the same thing. There is nothing that I wish I had now and don't, nor do I feel like I have too much (one tassel and I kept one announcement)
But I'd probably order what my graduate wanted because though I tend to be pretty minimal with that kind of stuff, not everyone is. And though my DS is only 4, he already is clearly waaaay more sentimental than I am.
Loc: Big Sky Country
|Posted: 10/9/2012 2:29:38 PM|ODS didn't really want a class ring but I thought he needed one. Wore it once. YDS absolutely didn't want one so we skipped it and gave him the money that would've been used for it.
We chose announcements through the school for the oldest, waste of money, they misprinted all of them and told us to insert a "correction" card in envelope....tacky.
So we used Pear Tree Greetings for YDS announcements and thank you cards and put his senior picture on the announcement.
Killed two birds with one stone for extended family and the quality was wonderful.
The only thing we ordered from the official school sponsored company was cap, gown and tassel.
"people generally see what they look for,
and hear what they listen for.
-To Kill a Mockingbird-
Made 5000, now what?
Mommy to Maximus!
|Posted: 10/9/2012 2:31:48 PM|
I graduated in 2000 and got the ring, keepsake tassel, coin, invitations, cover for diploma, and memory book. I'm glad I got everything even though everything is put up. I stopped wearing the ring a year or two after I graduated.
|Posted: 10/9/2012 2:33:04 PM|
The only memorabilia I have from high school is my tassel, my diploma and a photo from prom. Plenty for me and I am pretty sentimental.
Loc: Centennial, CO
|Posted: 10/9/2012 2:39:17 PM|
When I graduated in 1996 (from Hillcrest HS!) I ordered the announcements & name cards to insert in them and that was it. I thought then and still think that all the rest of it is a total waste of money. Heck, now that it is so very simple to make your own announcements on the computer & have them printed, I'd say just do that and skip the school's announcements and make your own!
I went to college right after graduating and there, nobody cares one bit about what you did in high school or when you graduated or where you went. I always thought people who drove around college with their tassel hanging from their rear view mirror were dorks.
Loc: Salt Lake
|Posted: 10/9/2012 2:42:57 PM|
Commemorative tassel vs the one he'll wear for the ceremony?
I didn't even realize they were two separate things till I just called and asked the company some questions. He probably doesn't know either.
Did you send announcements out? How many did you send out and to whom? I really only see us sending them out to the grandparents. We can order just 1 to any number of them.
Thanks for the suggestion Stephi - they look nice.
The large tassel to hang on the rearview mirror. That is big around here.
He doesn't have a car. Do you know if kids that don't have cars (I know, very rare) get them as well?
Loc: New York City
Ancient Ancestor of Pea
|Posted: 10/9/2012 2:56:25 PM|
DD graduated from high school in June. She didn't get any of those things. The school sent us a copy of an announcement that we could copy if we wanted (it had the graphic of the school crest.) We didn't. She didn't want a ring. She got a tassel and hood for NHS, and her diploma. That's all she wanted. She did order a yearbook (for the first time) and was really happy to have that.
No regrets -- no wishes she'd done anything else. By August, she'd moved on to college.
Tell your DS to have a wonderful senior year!
Best Cat Evahhh!
|Posted: 10/9/2012 3:32:05 PM|
My daughter got her ring in her junior year. We bought a small version of the standard style in the "economy" metal. It's a lovely ring that she gets lots of compliments on. Knowing she'd be going to college, we talked about how her college ring would be something she was more likely to wear long term so it was best to wait for that to invest a chunk of money.
We got an extra tassel and that was it. I regret not doing announcements, because by not sending any out, she rec'd no acknowledgement of her graduation except for my sister and our former day care provider. Apparently, you have to send out announcements and/or throw a big expensive party in order to receive such acknowledements in our area (she says with tongue firmly planted in her cheek).
Never mind, I forgot what I was going to say.
Loc: Middle of the Monterey Bay - Ca.
|Posted: 10/9/2012 3:49:22 PM|
DD #1 - cap/gown/regular tassle, announcements,thank-you's, "senior" tshirt, & keychain.
DD #2 - same but with no tshirt or keychain.
Neither wanted class rings. I bought myself a class ring when I graduated but have never worn it. I'm going to melt it down and cast it into something else in my jewelry class!
XOXO, Kristi ~
When you see crazy coming, cross the street!
Rick Springfield Junkie
Loc: Mountain High Pea
|Posted: 10/9/2012 3:55:11 PM|
I have a Senior this year (DS) and shocked us by wanting a ring. He doesn't do any of the Senior stuff... so I was happy to get him the ring, although we don't have it yet. We have not received anything yet regarding announcements, or graduation stuff yet. I think I am going to use his senior picture as the announcement through Snapfish (or similar)...
Peaing under the Radar
Loc: In the Middle
|Posted: 10/9/2012 4:49:08 PM|
My D graduated from HS last year. We didn't buy any of the Jostens-type stuff. No invitations, no class ring, no announcements. She did buy high school t-shirts over the years, and I think there was a Senior t-shirt that they all wore to school one day and she did get that. D didn't want any of the other stuff, and from my own high school experience, I didn't think she'd regret not getting it. I had a class ring - I gave it to my sister, who was 5 years behind me at the same HS because I didn't wear it much beyond graduation. I had a tassel - couldn't tell you where it is; I haven't seen it since 1978. We didn't save an announcement or invitation, and I certainly don't care.
|Posted: 10/9/2012 5:08:06 PM|
I bought the minimum of announcements, cap/gown/tassel. I printed my own name cards. DS was already into his college frame of mind, and wasn't into saving HS stuff that I felt it was a waste of $$ for him.
Loc: Humble, TX
|Posted: 10/9/2012 6:07:52 PM|
Both dh and I got commemorative tassels and they faded quickly in the car. I'm glad I got my ring and still like it but dh doesn't care. We both got memory books but never finished filling them out.
|Posted: 10/9/2012 6:28:23 PM|
Both of my kids were easy.
They didn't want HS class rings. We gave them the $ that would have been spent on them as extra Xmas and graduation money.
Neither one wanted the announcements offered by the school. We shopped around online, and they ended up picking out a subway art type design. I ended up doing them myself in their school colors. Had them printed and they looked great.
We did the cap and gown. I got them each an extra tassel, but they didn't really want them. I doubt they'll save them.
They didn't want all the commemorative covers, folders, keychains and crap. I gave them their choice, but was secretly relieved when they said they weren't interested. I got the folders, diploma covers, etc, and they're just shoved in storage somewhere. They really don't mean much of anything now.
Pride of the Peas
Loc: Stuck in the Middle With You
Loc: Salt Lake
|Posted: 10/10/2012 12:43:05 PM|
We just went with the cap and gown and the tassel that comes with it. Then we have tentatively ordered 5 announcements. There is a $10 processing fee, but I'm not sure if this fee is on the cap and gown or if it is only for extra things ordered. I told DS that if he has to pay the processing fee no matter what to go ahead and get the announcements. If not, then we may order from someone else or just not send them.
|Posted: 10/10/2012 1:00:14 PM|
My son just graduated in June. We just ordered the cap and gown and tassel. My husband just made our own announcements, so we didn't even order those.
When my daughter graduated several years ago, we did order the announcements, but regretted it as soon as we started receiving other announcements. It seems the trend here is to make your own or have them made somewhere. It is cheaper, too, to make your own and have them printed at Costco.
Old Dogs are Best!
Loc: With my dogs
|Posted: 10/10/2012 4:28:30 PM|
DD, DS, DH all have their full HS stuff, (robe, cap, tassel, honor cords). I only did tassel and class ring. DD is the only one that did not do class ring.
For college grad, it was CHEAPER to get the "you keep it" gown and hat than the rental ones.
For the announcements and other paper stuff, the smallest amount possible, and sent to relatives.
DH's stuff is in our closet, mine ???, DD has hers and DS has his boxed up somewhere (either our basement or his grandmother's basement)
Loc: Walla Walla
|Posted: 10/10/2012 5:46:53 PM|
We just bought the tassel (for DD in 2012 and DS in 2011.) The gown and cap were required, but that was it. We had a senior portrait photographer who, in her package deal, designed the announcements and we had those printed at Costco.
We did think briefly about a class ring, but honestly, DD prefers wearing her CTR ring and DS knew he'd be going on a mission and probably wouldn't wear it after that anyway.