Somehow amid all the papers, projects, and studying, graduation has crept up on us. And with graduation comes an abundance of celebrations, which ultimately means food. Whether you’re a graduating senior or just celebrating that you made it through another semester, this list of appetizers is for you. You deserve it.


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1. Cream Cheese Penguins


Photo by Stephanie Schoenster

Nothing says “Mom, I’m an adult now,” more than turning food in to an animal.

2. Chinese Dumplings


Photo by Lily Allen

Dumplings are universal and can be stuffed with a variety of different foods.

3. Baked Buffalo Chicken Dip


Photo by Hana Ezaldein

Uncle and cousin approved.

4. Avocado Eggrolls


Photo by Sarah Silbiger

These are even better than the ones at the Cheesecake Factory.

5. Cranberry, Brie and Caramelized Onion Tartlets


Photo by Luna Zhang

These little appetizers are sure to be a crowd pleaser.

6. Prosciutto and Goat Cheese Crostini With a Balsamic Glaze


Photo by Carlile Willett

Show your sophisticated side with these crostinis.

7. Stuffed Mexican Bell Peppers


Photo by Kai Phillips-Lustick

If you’re looking for something a little more filling, try these stuffed bell peppers.

8. Baked Cauliflower with Parmesan


Photo by Kai Huang

Veggie platters are so high school, try making this cauliflower instead.

9. Mushrooms Stuffed With Spinach and Artichoke Dip


Photo by Julia Benson

Two traditional appetizers, formed in to one.

10. Pull-Apart Pizza Muffins


Photo by Kristi Cook

Give a shoutout to your college diet with these muffins.

11. Deviled Eggs


Photo by Stephanie Cozza

Eggs are perfect anytime of the day. Don’t let anyone tell you different.

12. Cannellini Bean Dip


Photo by Andrea Leelike

Who knew beans could make a delicious appetizer?

13. Guac-Hummus Hybrid Dip


Photo by Benj Shapiro

Spice up your traditional guac by mixing in some hummus.

14. Citrus Edamame


Photo by Kristine Mahan

Wow the family by serving a vegetable. You’ll gain major creds for this.

15. Star-Shaped Pigs In A Blanket


Photo by Mira Nguyen

Pigs in a blanket make for the perfect appetizer.

Now go forth, and conquer the adult world.