15 Books to Give Recent Grads

May 10, 2023
Dimitris Passas

NOTE: This list is a republication- Source: Tertulia (by Emmanuel Hidalgo-Wohlleben).

Good-bye quad. Hello real world! With the school year winding down, millions of graduates are getting their caps and gowns ready to walk the stage and accept their diplomas. But after the pomp and circumstance wears off, they will face the brave new world of adulting. Here are the books that we recommend giving to a new college grad to navigate this exciting, but often uncertain period—plus, a few picks for the high school grad, too. Whether your graduate is launching their career, looking to change the world, feeling lost or just needs help building a better routine, we’ve got you covered.

For every graduate

Congratulations, By the Way: Some Thoughts on Kindness by George Saunders

Based on a commencement address Saunders delivered at Syracuse University, the book is a meditation on the importance of kindness. Saunders shares personal stories and insights that reflect kindness not only as a virtue in itself but also a key to success and happiness. With his signature blend of humor, empathy, and wisdom, Saunders offers a timely reminder for graduates to prioritize kindness and compassion in a world that often prioritizes achievement and "success" above all else.

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