Amidst the overnight cram sessions, thousand word papers, and umpteenth cup of coffee, you may not have had time (or extra brain power!) to think about graduation–let alone figure out what you’re going to wear.  Of course, you’ll don the classics – cap and gown.  But there’s much more to the day than the congratulatory stroll across the stage.

Lovely Yet Affordable Graduation Dresses for 2013

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A smart sheath shows you're going pro at graduation.  Choose a festive palette and always on-trend stripe for a never-ending style solution.

BB Dakota Desert Sunset Dress, $55.99 (on sale!) at Modcloth

You’re going to need a standout look that will carry you in confidence from the commencement to the after-celebrations, not to mention the myriad of photo-ops memorializing the moment.  Here is our roundup of budget-friendly graduation dresses that you’ll want to wear well into the real world.