Today I am out of the office because my boyfriend is graduating from law school. In fact, my first day of work at BookPage was just about a week after his first day of classes almost three years ago (ah, torts). I can't believe it's finally over! . . . law school, not my work at BookPage. :)

I suspect that many readers will also find themselves at commencement ceremonies of some sort in the coming days. You might realize that the grad-of-honor has already received three copies of Oh, the Places You'll Go!, and you want to buy an original gift. Luckily, the five books featured in this year's graduation roundup range from inspirational, to informative, to practical.

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  • Charles Wheelan's 10½ Things No Commencement Speaker Has Ever Said will soothe the job-hunting grad who is going to have a panic attack if a job offer doesn't appear—stat.

  • Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger's Making a Difference will give aspiring leaders plenty of good examples, not to mention a history lesson about important (but obscure) figures in our history.

  • What Do You Want to Do Before You Die? by The Buried Life (of MTV fame) features awesome and inspiring artwork that I would have totally ripped out to decorate my first apartment. That will come in handy for a grad with blank walls and no budget.

  • In the practical category, I want to give my sister Worth It... Not Worth It? by Jack Otter and Getting from College to Career by Lindsey Pollak when she graduates from college next year. The former details when it makes sense to splurge or save. Either/or scenarios are helpful—for example, buy the rental car insurance, or skip it? LinkedIn spokesperson Pollak gives truly helpful advice on networking and first-time job-hunting. As every adult knows, these are indispensable skills!


Read more in our graduation roundup. What books would you give to a new grad?

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