How to Throw a Virtual Graduation Ceremony

Graduation season is in full swing, but unfortunately, COVID-19 has transformed how typical gatherings can safely take place. Although large, in-person graduation ceremonies are one of the many events that are no longer an option, it doesn’t mean you cannot host a meaningful celebration at home.   

When planned right, a virtual graduation can be just as fun and rewarding.

Here are a few ideas to get started:

Send out virtual invitations and video conferencing links. Even though family and friends cannot gather physically, they can still easily celebrate virtually. Send out invitations with the time and a video link so family, friends and their teachers can join in on the party! Today suggests an array of games you can play over platforms such as Zoom as well.

Plan a theme and color scheme. Pair your theme with your graduate’s school. Plan the logos, colors and decorations to show off your school spirit. Sites like Amazon, Walmart, and Target have speedy online delivery services that eliminate the need to leave your home during quarantine.

Get creative with your meal. A smaller party might mean a bigger food budget. Check out some recipes from Delish to get a little graduation inspiration.

Set up a watch party area. Set up an area for an improvised ceremony as you let your graduate walk across the ‘stage’ in their cap and gown. Have a family member waiting on the other side to hand them their diploma. Guests can cheer from a safe distance on camera.

Create a photo wall for graduation pictures. Take pictures! Set up a backdrop with balloons and streamers as you take pictures in your cap and gown.

Listen to the best 2020 commencement speeches. According to Forbes, here are some of the best virtual commencement speakers this year. Enjoy speeches from former president Barack Obama, Malala Yousafzai, Steven Spielberg, Megan Rapione, Anthony Fauci, and more.