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Celebrating Your College-Bound Graduate by Cindy Hopper for Alphamom.com #backtocollege

Celebrating the College-Bound Graduate!

By Cindy Hopper

This post is sponsored by Target Back to College

It’s graduation season and we are enjoying celebrating our high school grad at events filled with friends, food, fun and gifts. Our son has worked hard and now is ready for a new adventure. It is hard to let him go, but I am focusing on getting him ready, rewarding his hard work and sending him off in style.

Celebrating Your College-Bound Graduate by Cindy Hopper for Alphamom.com #backtocollege

Celebrating Your College-Bound Graduate by Cindy Hopper for Alphamom.com #backtocollege

 

Back to the Future

What an amazing journey it has been. How much we have loved watching my son and his friends grow. From little kids eating cupcakes…
Celebrating Your College-Bound Graduate by Cindy Hopper for Alphamom.com

and now off to college! These children of ours have so much potential and are blessed with so many gifts. I am so excited to see what life has in store for them.

Celebrating Your College-Bound Graduate by Cindy Hopper for Alphamom.com

These boys are still enjoying cupcakes, and I made sure to have cute graduation-themed ones served at our party this past weekend for my son and his fellow grads to enjoy.

College Prep 101

Celebrating Your College-Bound Graduate by Cindy Hopper for Alphamom.com #backtocollege

My son will be going out of state to Arkansas for college to study business (he’s an entrepreneur at heart) and needs a few items to keep him comfortable at school. We registered with Target’s Back to College registry so he had a hand in choosing some of the graduation gifts he might receive. The Target College Registry is ensuring he is getting the items he wants… and useful things my husband and I think he really needs.  We hope it will make moving-in day easier, so we don’t have to run errands al day and can spend time exploring his campus together instead.

Words of Wisdom

Celebrating Your College-Bound Graduate by Cindy Hopper for Alphamom.com #backtocollege

The part that made these gifts extra special was we asked guests to share advice in the greeting cards accompanying the wrapped gifts.

Celebrating Your College-Bound Graduate by Cindy Hopper for Alphamom.com

This mini fridge was a generous group gift from a few family friends and the card read “Make sure to fill your fridge with healthy snacks to keep you growing and going!”  Nice and practical advice.

Celebrating Your College-Bound Graduate by Cindy Hopper for Alphamom.com

I can only hope this is what I will see in this refrigerator when I visit him at college!

Celebrating Your College-Bound Graduate by Cindy Hopper for Alphamom.com

Another dear family friend gifted him a Keurig from his registry and recommended that he make his own coffee since it’s less expensive per cup than to buy one at the coffee shop every day.  I found this great Graduation Party card box at Target and left note cards out for other party attendees to share additional words of wisdom for our graduate.  Coming from me, these words could sound like nagging, but this is practical everyday advice he actually needs to hear.  I’m hoping these helpful words are being imprinted on his brain, so every time he uses these items while at college he’ll remember what he read in his graduation cards from the other caring adults in his life.

Celebrating Your College-Bound Graduate by Cindy Hopper for Alphamom.com #backtocollege

Guests who didn’t include cards or didn’t buy anything off the registry also shared words of wisdom and advice for my son’s new life at college. While my boy may say that he does not want advice from his mom and dad… he might listen to his more experienced family friends. I found this great Graduation Party card box at Target and left note cards out for party attendees to share their thoughts.  I loved reading notes from my dearest friends where they tell my son “to be authentic,” “to follow his dreams,” “to be fearless.” It was also comforting to hear them reminding him to use college as an opportunity, not waste it.

These boys have had a great time and I know they are ready to go…

Celebrating Your College-Bound Graduate by Cindy Hopper for Alphamom.com #backtocollege

One thing I’ve learned in raising this graduate… it sure does take a village of family and friends. I hope the one thing he will feel more than anything is that he is loved to the moon and back by his family…always!

Celebrating Your College-Bound Graduate by Cindy Hopper for Alphamom.com

Congratulations, son.  We’re very proud of you!

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Get their dorm room ready. Create a registry at Target for your college-bound grad.

About the Author

Cindy Hopper

Cindy Hopper was fortunate to be raised in a family who appreciated the arts. This background led to a Bachelor’s Degree in Art Education. With a keen eye for design and color, Cindy has cont...

Cindy Hopper was fortunate to be raised in a family who appreciated the arts. This background led to a Bachelor’s Degree in Art Education. With a keen eye for design and color, Cindy has continued her love of art and is now passing her creative skills on to her three children. Cindy’s family and friends are the beneficiaries of her passion for fun and meaningful creative projects.

Cindy’s personal blog, Skip to My Lou, has taken her love of a project to new levels. Postings keep the family busy -– from testing new recipes for holiday treats to designing and building floats for a neighborhood parade to making fabric rolls to hold crayons to creating themed parties. Cindy seems to have an unending supply of ideas for gifts, parties and rainy days.

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