Congratulations to all the 2020 graduates. We know this is not what they expected their last year to be like. Fortunately, families, schools, friends, and even celebrities are helping them make the best of their last year.
For instance, Dripping Springs High School’s Instagram account has been posting photos of seniors along with their post-graduation plans. Another idea is to take photos of kids wearing their prom outfit doing everyday things and a few nice poses from the back or front yard or a nearby park if it’s open.
Here are more ways to celebrate your graduate.
Join Graduation Ceremonies Online
On May 15 at 1 pm CT, Oprah Winfrey will be the commencement speaker at #Graduation2020: Facebook and Instagram Celebrate the Class of 2020 taking place in both social networks. Facebook will broadcast the event on Facebook Watch (facebook.com/facebookapp). The official @instagram account on Insta will provide more information. Joining Winfrey are Awkwafina, Lil Nas X, Simone Biles, Jennifer Garner, and Miley Cyrus.
The steaming event will recognize U.S. high schools and colleges by name. Deans and principals will share messages. The ceremony will include photos and videos of the class 2020. Graduates can hold their own ceremony and party on Facebook. Facebook plans to offer a virtual graduation hub, custom filters, and celebrations in Messenger rooms.
“Graduate Together: America Honors the High School Class of 2020” is a one-hour event that will air on Saturday, May 16 at 7 pm CT, on ABC, CBS, FOX, and NBC. #GraduateTogether special guests include LeBron James, Jonas Brothers, Ben Platt, and others.
On June 6, Michelle and Barack Obama will participate in YouTube’s “Dear Class of 2020.” It will stream live at 2 pm CT. This event will feature Lady Gaga, Alicia Keys, and Kerry Washington.
Create a Photo Collage of the Graduate
You could fill a photo album with photos of the graduate from over the years. Perhaps, design the photo album online and turn it into a book. Or you can do scrapbooking with cutouts and stickers.
Another option is to create a video montage of photos and videos. This one you can share with family and friends near and far. You could order photo strings with lights and clips to line a wall full of photos. It’s a sight to behold. And it’ll make a great backdrop for taking pictures of the graduate.
Contact the graduate’s friends and families. Ask them to send you a video or photo with a letter sharing a memory with the graduate. Combine them into a single video. You might want to contact some of the graduate’s favorite teachers to contribute a message.
Plan a Summer Party
Brainstorm ideas of a summer party. It could be held at home or a restaurant. Keep the plans flexible, so you can adapt as needed. Allow the graduate to invite a few friends and celebrate while maintaining social distancing. You can order a custom cake. If the party can’t happen, capture photos of the graduate with the cake.
Set up a Drive by
Lots of drive-bys are happening to celebrate birthdays and thank people. Why not one for graduation? Ask everyone to write a special message for the graduate. When they drive by, they can drop the message into a box or the mailbox. Collect these messages and put them into a scrapbook. Maybe rent a “Congratulations, graduate!” yard sign to post in the front yard for everyone to see.
Hold a Zoom Party
Surprise the graduate with a Zoom party of friends and family. Before the party, ask the attendees to write down a memory or inspiration. Guests can read their message to the graduate. Make a list of questions for attendees to answer.
Plan virtual games as you can find many Zoom game ideas on the internet. You can even order a custom cake to serve. If everyone lives nearby, leave the wrapped cake on attendees’ porches for them to enjoy.
Congratulations on your graduate’s accomplishments! We hope these ideas will help you celebrate this special time.