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There are only a few occasions in life where one can wear an oversized, broad-brimmed hat, and a graduation just so happens to be one of them (see also: the Kentucky Derby, Labor Day weekend). Team yours with a sweet striped sundress and a colorful cocktail ring. Metallic wedge espadrilles will keep you from sinking down into the lawn.
A pencil skirt always looks right at a graduation, especially if it's in a tweedy fabric. A sleeveless silk top will prevent you from overheating while sitting out in the sun, and a single statement cuff won't jingle and jangle as you applaud the graduating class. Stacked-heel loafer pumps provide a scholastic-feeling (and walkable!) finishing touch.
Yes, you can wear your favorite LBD to a graduation. Just be sure to spring-ify it with a lightweight jacket (white's always a smart pick), cool metallic flats and a bold bag to keep the look from feeling too, well, dark.
If the graduation in question is being held at a slightly more formal, indoor venue, try a (subtly!) patterned midi skirt paired with a bright short-sleeved knit. You'll likely spend much of the event on your feet, making polished kitten heels a smarter choice than stilettos. A sparkling statement necklace adds just a touch more color to the equation.