Wear Sunscreen
by Mary Schmich
Andrews McMeel Publishing

You've heard this one before on the radio and in advertisements, but this classic mock graduation speech by Chicago Tribune columnist Mary Schmich is the perfect gift for the graduate who could use a little inspiration.

Oh, the Places You'll Go!
by Dr. Seuss
Random House

Give this doctor to your budding doctor! Perfect for any age, Dr. Seuss's inimitable illustrations and exhilarating rhymes will convince your grad that success is imminent. "Oh, the Places You'll Go!" is a commencement classic.

A Short Guide to a Happy Life
by Anna Quindlen
Random House

How to keep life, love, and work in balance: "There will be thousands of people doing what you want to do for a living. But you will be the only person alive who has sole custody of your life. Your particular life. Not just your bank account, but your soul."

The Survival Guide for Christians on Campus
by by Tony Campolo and William Willimon
Howard Publishing Company

Tony Campolo, founder of Evangelical Association for the Promotion of Education and William Willimon, dean and chaplain at Duke University, explain how to keep religious faith a central priority, even at secular schools.

Staying Jewish and Surviving College
by Paul A. Silverman
Judaic Renewal Press

College poses many challenges...only one of which is pursuing your faith. But this book on keeping your Jewish identity and traditions makes the path easier.

Chicken Soup for the College Soul: Inspiring and Humorous Stories About College
by Jack Canfield, ed.
Health Communications

Can't always be there to make your chicken soup? Send this one instead! This book deals with the myriad issues of college life, from homesickness to partying to GPAs and everything in between.

365 Zen
by Jean Smith
Harper San Francisco

This collection of Zen koans, stories, and sayings in the popular meditation-a-day format comes complete with a directory of Zen centers, a glossary of terms, and an index of topics and authors--and provides the perfect mindful study break.

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