While the colleges have all graduated by now there’s still some public schools who have not yet let out, so you may only have a few more days (or weeks) to rent a suit for graduation!
Eighth grade graduation often gets left out in the celebrations. Kingergarten is a big deal with a lot of families and sometimes elementary school graduation is celebrated because the graduate is about to enter an entirely new realm of school. The jump from middle school to high school isn’t often seen as a big deal, but it is! You’re going from a mid-level school to a school that will be directly preparing you for adulthood! Puberty is in full swing (or nearing completion) and it’s time to start thinking about sports, colleges, careers, and maybe even a job by the end of high school! Graduating from 8th grade is a big deal and your graduate should look his best for this great day.
Not all middle schools have a graduation with a cap and gown, so either way, your young men should look their best. Some schools require a sense of uniformity for graduates (like black pants with shite shirts or school colors) so get in touch with your school before purchasing or renting the proper attire.
If the ceremony is indoors maybe consider forgoing the suit jacket until dinner that night or the after-party. Indoor ceremonies should include a jacket, or at least consider it as a viable option. Dress slacks and a nice shirt should be worn, especially to prepare these young men for the school formal dances they’ll encounter in high school!
Not everyone makes these graduations up to be a big deal and that’s ok. But if your child’s school is having a ceremony it wouldn’t hurt to rent a suit (or suit sans jacket) so he can blend in. There’s nothing worse than sticking out and it could serve him well to teach him that sometimes it’s better to be over-dressed than under-dressed. If your graduate doesn’t want a big party (or you don’t want to, or can’t, throw one) it’s not a big deal, but don’t let him graduate wearing jeans and a t-shirt!
Middle school and elementary school graduation parties might be a good idea if you have an older graduate who either just graduated or is about to around the same time. Celebrating the achievements of high school and above but not the graduations of the stepping stones that came before can make a younger child feel left out of unimportant. This isn’t to say you need to throw two (or more) huge parties, but make your young man feel special by renting a suit, giving him a small gift, or having some of his fellow-graduates come over for a celebratory party.