Attending Scholarship Celebration? Here are some resources that may help you prepare
for the event.
Frequently Asked Questions
The 2020 Scholarship Celebration scheduled for Thursday, March 26, 2020 has been canceled.
Helpful Things to Keep in Mind
Being able to make a proper introduction is one of the least-practiced tasks of etiquette. There are two aspects of introductions: one for social settings and one for business settings.
- Both men and women should stand when introduced.
- In social settings, when introducing an older person to a younger person, say the older person's name first.
- In social settings, when introducing a man to a woman, use the woman's name first.
- When you meet someone for the first time, use their title and last name until invited to use their first name.
It is hardly ever considered inappropriate in the business setting to extend a handshake.
- A strong handshake can make or break someone's positive impression of you. Be firm but not crushing.
- Do not use your other hand to cup over the handshake. This indicates a position of authority over the other person.
- In a reception setting, keep your drink in your left hand in order to keep your right hand free to shake. If your hands are full in any situation, briefly apologize and simply nod your head, smile, and continue the greeting.
Don't sweat over forks and glasses! These simple tips will help you navigate dinner.
- Place the napkin in your lap immediately upon sitting. If you need to leave the table, place the napkin on your chair. Only at the completion of the meal should the napkin be placed on the table.
- Utensils are used from the outside of the place setting in towards the plate. Typical place settings include a salad fork and a dinner fork on the left and a knife and teaspoon on the right.
- Your drink will be to the right of your dinner plate, and your bread plate will be to the left of your dinner plate.
- Wait until the entire table is served before picking up your fork.
- When starting to pass a bread basket, the person who first grabs the basket should offer the first piece to the person on their left. After taking a piece, pass the basket to the right.
- It is considered an insult to the chef to season food with salt or pepper before trying it.
- Always pass the salt and pepper together.
- When finished with a utensil, place it on the plate, never back on the table.
- You may rest your wrists on the edge of the table, but never your elbows.