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Author Topic: What do you take to a student's graduation party?  (Read 8482 times)
arizona
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« Reply #15 on: May 02, 2012, 8:19:33 PM »

If you don't want to bring alcohol, bottles of gourmet Italian soda or a box of fancy bakery cookies might be a nice substitute.
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traductio
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« Reply #16 on: May 02, 2012, 11:18:31 PM »

Last year a few of my graduating students (undergrad) invited me to their parties, and I wrote them cards with descriptions of the talents they had for which I admired them. One was a perspicacious young woman who was curious, engaging, and generous, and I told her as much. Another was a young man whose political views were very different from mine, but whose presence in class I always appreciated because he kept me honest. I hope the cards meant something to them because they certainly meant something to me -- it's rare that I get to tell my students that I admire them, at least in such a direct fashion.
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« Reply #17 on: October 13, 2012, 12:08:28 PM »

I went with the book option and the gifts were gratefully received.  I'm doubtful that they were read, but at least I contributed to university presses.
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« Reply #18 on: October 13, 2012, 8:28:16 PM »

How bout a gift basket of these:

http://www.charlestoncandycompany.com/pralines/

Pralines.  My mouth just watered (a lot) at the thought of them! 

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« Reply #19 on: October 13, 2012, 8:38:08 PM »

You can never go wrong with scotch.
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Could you grow the foot into another patient? I mean, you are a scientist.
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« Reply #20 on: March 29, 2013, 1:03:40 PM »

One of the students went into rehab after graduating.  So I suspect that scotch would have been wrong.
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« Reply #21 on: March 30, 2013, 11:38:49 PM »

One of my favorite mementos from undergrad is a book from my favorite professor; when he died, his widow brought all of the books from his office to the on-campus memorial service and said that his students should take one to remember him by. I was pleased to see that one we had worked with extensively in his class was still there.

I vote book.

What a nice gesture.

I've given my students the following, depending on their interests:

Books. Giant Microbes for those interested in microbiology; related to their research. To a student that went on to teach: a carved onyx apple. A carved Buda from our fair trade co-op to a student who was double majoring in science and philosophy and had recently discovered Eastern religions. But these are students I knew well, so it was easy to give them something personal.
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