Whether your child is a high school senior or moving on from preschool or kindergarten, graduation is a major milestone. But with schools in most of the country in various stages of closure and starting opening arrangements, the big day will now likely be celebrated at home. Kids of all ages may struggle with disappointment over canceled plans. As for finding a way to properly celebrate your graduate during social distancing – here are ideas:
Create a virtual “kudos board”: This is a great idea for graduates of all ages. Create an online “group card” filled with messages, GIFs, videos and photos. Kudoboard.com is a popular website just for this purpose, or you can create a shared virtual document another way – Trello, Google Drive, Slack, Zoho, Microsoft OneNote or something else. Whatever platform you use, invite family, friends, teachers and others to write special messages, share fond memories and celebrate your graduate.
Organize a photo shoot: Get together with friends to hire a professional photographer and organize a socially distant photo shoot for graduates in their caps and gowns. If your school district is not providing the graduation gear, you can order it online or be creative and make your own
Organize a car parade: On what should have been their graduation day, have your child and their friends decorate cars and slowly drive around the neighborhood honking and celebrating. Or invite friends and family to drive (and honk!) by your house in honor of your graduate
Decorate your front door with photos:Create a large collage of photos of your graduate through the years, and use it to wallpaper the front door of your house. If a full-door collage is a bit too ambitious, try displaying a smaller photo frame, a photo wreath or even a balloon arch
Display a yard sign or Decor:Your school district may coordinate a yard sign distribution for graduates if not, we can help with our huge selection of graduation theme and decor signage.
Plan a graduation-themed dinner: Prepare your graduate’s favorite meal and have the whole family dress up for the occasion – with your graduate in full cap and gown attire, of course. Have each family member present your graduate with a “diploma” filled with favorite memories.