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7 Virtual Graduation Ideas for the Class of 2021

Posted By Lissa Eckert

The class of 2021 may not be able to have the graduation ceremony they deserve, but you can still make graduation day special by celebrating virtually. During this unprecedented time where staying apart is necessary to keep one another safe, we’re finding new ways to celebrate life’s biggest moments. Seniors anticipate graduation day all throughout their school years, whether earning their high school diploma, bachelor’s degree, or beyond and should be celebrated for their hard work! 2021 graduations may not be held in the traditional sense, but you can make it special for this year’s seniors. Virtual graduations can’t take place of walking the stage to accept a hard-earned diploma, but this list of virtual graduation ideas aims to make grad day special in hard times.

7 Virtual Graduation Ideas for the Class of 2021

  1. Give seniors a shoutout on social media
  2. Celebrate your school’s seniors by taking advantage of social media. Thanks to platforms like Facebook and Instagram, you can easily upload images and apply your own text to shoutout seniors. To be sure you include everyone, schedule your graduation stories by going through the alphabet by last name. Depending on your number of seniors, plan for a week or two ahead of graduation and share a couple of letters a day. Check your school’s privacy settings to allow for others to share your posts—that way seniors and their families can share on their own accounts. It’s a great, free way to make every senior feel special. On graduation day, be sure to share videos and class photos of your school’s seniors throughout the 2020-2021 school year.

  3. Host a virtual graduation ceremony
  4. Hosting a virtual graduation ceremony is a great alternative to the real thing. Students and their families can join virtually as each student’s name is called to receive their diploma. Make the virtual ceremony as close to what in-person graduation would have been like as possible by allowing time for administrators, teachers, and guest speakers to give speeches. Instead of printing out programs, create one as you normally would and share by email as a PDF. Not sure what platform to host your virtual ceremony on? Zoom, Herff Jones, and more are great options for sharing live events. If you’re concerned about the size of your graduating class, break up the class by alphabet to make sure everyone has the chance to join. Give yourself plenty of practice time to work through any potential technical difficulties, and allow ample time the day of graduation so that you’ll be as confident as possible in your graduation ceremony. Looking for another special touch? When you send out the programs, along with the link to join the graduation, encourage 2021 graduates and their families to skip the comfy clothes and instead dress up just like they would in person.

  5. Create unforgettable senior t-shirts
  6. While some schools are postponing graduation for later in the summer, others are moving forward with virtual ceremonies entirely, which could mean no cap and gown. Don’t let graduation day feel like any other day, make your graduating seniors know it’s still the defining moment they imagined by sending everyone custom t-shirts. Your school’s graduating seniors will have their senior shirts long after the virtual graduation is over to remind them of their resilience during such a trying time. Create a design that speaks to your school, check out our Class of 2021 templates, or give us a call at 1-800-293-4232 for help every step of the way!

  7. Throw a graduation parade
  8. Parades are a great way to celebrate your 2021 grads while maintaining a safe distance from one another. Get your teachers and administrators in on the parade by decorating their cars with window markers, balloons, and streamers in your school colors—but don’t forget your mascot! It isn’t possible to go to every house, but your parade can visit several of the more senior-dense neighborhoods. Make sure to share a rough timeline of when you’ll be cruising through each neighborhood so grads can come out and wave to their teachers. A graduation parade is a great way for families and friends to celebrate their graduates as well, so be sure to share this idea with parents!

  9. Decorate yards/porches for seniors
  10. Encourage parents to decorate their yards, porches, or balconies in honor of their 2021 graduate. If you’re throwing a parade, this is another great way to know where to stop, honk, and shout, “Congratulations 2021 Graduate!” Looking for ideas on how to have parents decorate yards for their seniors? Suggest a theme! If a student was active in the school’s theater department, decorate the front door to look like a stage, or if they played on the baseball team, create a baseball diamond. A great way to share the big accomplishment with the world is through weather-proof yard signs. Customize a sign with your graduate’s name and year for a long-lasting way to brag on your grad. No yard? No problem! Add a sign to your street-facing windows or make a graduate wreath. Print out favorite photos of your grad throughout the years since they started their education and arrange them in a circle to hang on the front door.

  11. Send virtual graduation kits
  12. Another great way to celebrate 2021 graduates is with a virtual graduation kit. Custom Ink is proud to offer virtual graduation kits, which are a bundle of products you select, like a t-shirt, water bottle, and a drawstring bag shipped directly to each student’s home. Customize each product with your school’s design and individually ship it to each senior’s house. Graduation kits are a great option for those looking to celebrate the Class of 2021 no matter the distance. Find out more about sending products directly to graduates by sending our sales team a message, or give us a call at 855-802-9074.

  13. Keep the senior traditions going
  14. Just because the end of the school year looks different doesn’t mean the traditions need to change. Every school has a different sort of tradition, maybe it’s senior field day or a pajama day. Keep the school spirit alive leading up to graduation by finding ways to host these events virtually. Set up a virtual relay race for senior field day by getting on a video call together for the “baton pass” among teams, or have everyone snap a photo in their jammies for that day’s roll call. Let the seniors feel how special their final days in school are by finding ways to keep those senior traditions going.

    Seniors have worked a long time to get to graduation day, so we hope this list gives you some great ideas for making virtually graduating the best experience possible. It’s time to turn the tassel—congratulations to the Class of 2021!

Lissa is the Site Content Specialist at Custom Ink. She hopes to create content that engages and inspires customers. Lissa loves to see ideas of hers brought to life by customer's orders!

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