celebrating graduating grandkids in Phoenix

As spring continues to paint Arizona’s desert landscapes with vibrant colors, graduation season also signals the blooming of fresh possibilities for high school and college seniors.

It marks the culmination of years of hard work, dedication and growth for students. For grandparents, it’s a time of pride and joy for their achievements and nostalgia for memories you’ve shared.

Advice from grandparents can profoundly influence and help shape the paths of new graduates as they navigate these transitions to adulthood. Before watching your loved one cross the stage, diploma in hand, you can celebrate their accomplishments, shower them with support and offer valuable life lessons in a heartfelt letter.

“I sat down at my desk last year and wrote everything I was thinking and feeling in a letter of encouragement to my granddaughter when she finished high school,” said Joan, a Beatitudes Campus resident. “Later that month, I wrote another letter of encouragement to my grandson, who graduated from college and landed his first job.”

Love Letters and Life Lessons

When writing a letter to a grandchild going to college or pursuing another post-high school path, start by sharing special memories, milestones and inside jokes you’ve shared. Boost their confidence by expressing belief in their abilities and telling them how proud you are. Let them know you’re always there for them to offer unwavering love, support and a listening ear. Encourage them to dream big and pursue their passions.

The best advice from grandparents comes from the heart. Here are 10 wisdom nuggets worth passing on as a road map for their future success:

  1. Treasure education: Encourage them to stay on a continued learning path as the key to endless opportunities.
  2. Welcome change: Teach them to embrace life’s twists and turns fearlessly.
  3. Pursue passions: Fuel their drive to chase dreams — it’s what makes life fulfilling.
  4. Stay true: Remind them to stay authentic and never compromise their values.
  5. Hustle hard: Instill the value of persistence and a strong work ethic.
  6. Foster relationships: Guide them in building meaningful connections with loved ones.
  7. Practice self-care: Stress the importance of caring for their mind, body and soul.
  8. Money matters: Teach them about financial responsibility and its importance for a secure future.
  9. Embrace failure: Show them that setbacks are growth opportunities.
  10. Enjoy the ride: Remind them that life is the ultimate adventure, to savor every moment and to create lasting memories.

Gifts for Grand Times Ahead

In addition to getting advice from grandparents, graduation season also marks a time for gift-giving. The most meaningful high school graduation gifts from grandparents are those that foster connection and allow loved ones to share cherished memories.

Here is some inspiration for granddaughter graduation gifts or grandson graduation gifts to make their big day even more unforgettable:

  1. Personalized keepsakes: Engraved jewelry, customized photo frames, artwork, quilts, ornaments or recipe books filled with family favorites.
  2. Tech gadgets: Laptop, tablet, e-reader, smartphone, noise-canceling headphones, portable Bluetooth speaker, smartwatch or fitness tracker.
  3. Travel experiences: Weekend getaways, road trips with friends or family, study abroad programs, guided tours of historical sites, outdoor adventures like hiking or camping, volunteer travel experiences, culinary tours, music festivals, wellness retreats or cruise vacations.
  4. Education and entertainment: Online course or streaming service subscriptions, educational software or apps, or gift cards for online bookstores or digital content platforms.
  5. Fitness and wellness: Gym or exercise studio memberships, meal delivery service, personal training sessions, massage or spa gift certificates, outdoor gear for activities like hiking or biking.
  6. Gift cards: Visa, Mastercard, Amazon, Target, Walmart, Starbucks, DoorDash, Uber Eats, iTunes, Google Play, grocery stores or gas stations.

These ideas also apply if you’re wondering, what is an appropriate college graduation gift from grandparents. Other graduation gift ideas for a grandchild are a well-tailored suit or business casual essentials to help them confidently step into the working world.

For a more practical college grad gift, consider arranging a session with a financial planner or contributing to their retirement fund. You can also help them transition to living independently with gifts like cookware or subscriptions for meal delivery kits and services.

Cracking the Code on Monetary Gift Giving

Money is one of the most common gifts for graduating seniors, offering flexibility for different needs like college costs, travel or essential purchases. You may wonder how much money to give a grandchild for college graduation or how much do you give a grandchild for high school graduation.

While the amount varies depending on geographical location, cultural norms, financial means and personal relationships, grandparents typically give between $50 and $500 to high school graduates and $100 to $1,000 or more to college graduates.

Here are some tips to help you decide on the amount:

  • Consider your own financial situation and give within your means.
  • Gift with purpose and decide if you’re offering financial support or celebrating their achievement.
  • Ask other family members if they’re giving money and adjust your amount accordingly.
  • Think about how they’ll use the money — loans, living expenses or future plans.
  • Let your bond shine and consider giving a little extra if you have a close relationship.
  • Bonus tip: Make the most of holiday breaks with your college-bound grandkids by preparing meals, sharing recipes and cooking together. It’s a rewarding way to share knowledge, create memories and strengthen your relationship.

Seniors Connecting With Seniors

Beatitudes Campus residents recognize the importance of education and connecting with younger generations not just during cap and gown season, but throughout the year. For more than 20 years, our Community Outreach Committee has fostered meaningful connections between students at Washington High School through our Beatitudes Scholars Program.

Beatitudes residents actively mentor students, nurturing their academic growth, community involvement and leadership skills. Each month, we recognize exceptional high school seniors as Beatitudes Campus Students of the Month for their academic, service and leadership achievements. These students can apply for college scholarships supported by the Community Outreach Committee.

The partnership between WHS and Beatitudes Campus exemplifies the transformative power of education, service and collaboration. Together, we empower students to excel and celebrate bright and bold futures ahead.

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