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Five Ways to Avoid Scorn and Embarrassment at Your Graduation

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The months of May and June are filled with pomp and circumstance. An estimated 3.3 million high school students and 3.7 million undergraduate and graduate students will receive their diplomas at the end of this school year.

Although graduations are considered celebrations, they should still be approached with basic mobile device etiquette. Whether your loved one is graduating kindergarten, high school or college, follow these tips to help make graduation a memorable experience that everyone can enjoy.

Silence Your Phone

Remember to turn off your phone or put it on silent mode to lower the chances that you will be the source of interruptions and distractions during the ceremony. There are even apps that will automatically silence your phone when you enter a specific area.

Excuse Yourself

If there is a call you have to answer, politely excuse yourself before answering it to avoid disrupting the ceremony for others. It’s also a great idea to check the school’s cellphone behavior requests on its website or in the commencement program.

Photos are OK, but be Considerate

It’s appropriate to pull out your phone or tablet to capture photo opportunities, but remember that holding up your device might obstruct the view of those behind you. Try to limit your photo taking to specific moments during the ceremony. A few great picture opportunities include the processional, remarks, diploma presentations and the tradition of turning of the tassel.

Cap and Gown Selfie?

If you’re the one at graduation, some academic institutions may ask that you leave your belongings and mobile devices with family members. But in case you’re able to bring it with you, be considerate and capture your best graduation selfie with you and your friends either before or after the ceremony to avoid disrupting the experience of your fellow graduates.

Be Respectful of Others

The foundation of mobile device manners is based on being considerate of others. Before you stand up to take photos, answer a call, or snap a selfie with the dean while accepting your diploma, think about how your actions might impact those around you, and practice proper mobile etiquette.

Congratulations to the extended class of 2014, and for tech tips on adjusting to life after graduation, check out these helpful mobile apps.