Preparing for College

Best and Worst Graduation Gifts

It's that time of year. Your high school- or college-senior offspring may be graduating this year. In fact, they already may have graduated. It seems to me that graduation has crept earlier and earlier over the past decade or so. When I was in high school, our senior prom was in early June. These days, I start seeing prom pictures in the newspaper in later May.

Colleges, especially state-system universities, seem to end the school year in early to mid-May. Back in the day, my academic college years ended in early-to-mid June. I guess it's like product packaging. I've always said that I wouldn't mind paying a little more for a candy bar if they would just keep the darn things the same size. But, they seem intent on not only raising the price but also shrinking the product.

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