Graduation Packing List

It may be weird that I have a packing list for my college graduation, considering most people are still living near campus when they graduate. If you are a new reader, I graduated a semester early last December from Mercyhurst University, a small school in Erie, PA. And since then, I have been living back at home in North Carolina. Because Mercyhurst is a small school, we do not have a graduation ceremony for fall semester graduates. So, this weekend I am going back up to walk with all of my friends! I am so excited, I have missed my friends so much! And it will be so great to see them all before we all go off into the real world. So, here is what I plan on packing for the somewhat chilly (for May) and always unpredictable, Erie weather.

1.-4. My graduation dress is a last season Lilly Pulitzer I got from their online sale in January, but this one is pretty similar! I plan on wearing it with ankle strap heels, Mercyhurst Laker green Kendra Scott earrings, and my pearl strand.

5.-7. I plan on wearing some comfy stripe tees like this one from Madewell, and this one from J. Crew, for the 8 hour car rides, and this simple tank for going out.

8. I lived in this Factory version of the J. Crew field jacket in blue, during in the spring when I was a student in Erie, so I think it will be a perfect layer for the weekend.

9.-10. Also for the car rides and just about anything, these J. Crew skinny jeans are a little loose on me, making them really comfortable. And my favorite white jeans for a more spring feel when I'm not dressed up this weekend.

11.-12. My gold ballet flats I wear probably 4 days a week, and these wedges are pretty similar to my neutral ones I have been wearing non-stop lately.

13.-15. Some versatile accessories like a neutral mini tote, colorful Lilly Pulitzer scarf (I have several different prints, not sure which one I'm bringing yet), and some great sunglasses that go with everything like these from Stella and Dot!

I'll probably have a recap post or an outfit post with my dress sometime soon. But until then, follow along with the weekend's activities on Instagram, and snapchat: caralinastyle

Thanks for reading!


  1. Have SO much fun at graduation! One of my close friends graduated in December but came back for the ceremony with the rest of the school. I love the Lilly dress! It's the perfect LWD for graduation, but the gold detailing will help you stand out :)

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  2. Congratulations on graduating! It will be so nice to go back and see all of your friends. Have so much fun!