High school graduation parties are not a nationwide tradition. When I graduated from high school five years ago, I remember chatting about my party to our family friends in Arizona. I was astounded to learn that their son’s friends did not celebrate the occasion with a large gathering the year before—they hailed from Bloomington so they understood. Money is surely appreciated come graduation. Yet, the most memorable gifts I received were those that didn’t simply come in an envelope, but had a little thought put into them. I appreciated the thoughtfulness of the gesture.