If you’re one of the roughly 9 million high school and college students graduating this year, then you should be extremely proud of yourself.
Graduating is an accomplishment that takes great dedication and planning and the graduation ceremony is often a validating experience for both yourself and your loved ones.
With virtually every large event being cancelled across the country, this experience has been taken away. But that doesn’t mean that you still can’t celebrate in a meaningful way.
Here are 3 ways that you can still celebrate this impressive milestone.
1. Drive Thru Celebration
If you’re the parent or guardian of a recent graduate, a drive thru graduation is a great way to surprise them and let them know that their loved ones are still thinking of them even though they have to be distant.
A drive-by graduation consists of guests driving past the graduate’s home while cheering the graduate from the safety of their vehicles. Passengers can also make graduation banners that express what a great job they’ve done.
A drive thru ceremony is an ingenious way for the recent graduate to be celebrated by those most important to them without risking anyone’s health.
2. Online Meeting
If you’re missing your college and high school buddies, an online meeting is a great way to get in touch and celebrate together.
Even if you’re miles apart, you can schedule a time that works for all of you, throw on your caps and gowns and commemorate the moment.
Play games, drink, talk for hours about your fears and hopes for the future. You can even listen to one of the many commencement speeches by prominent figures such as Oprah Winfrey and Barack Obama.
Having a video-chat with other recent graduates is great because you can talk about how meaningful and unique this experience has been with people that would best understand.
It’s also a great way to get in touch with your close friends and let them know how much they mean to you during these tough times.
3. Photo Shoot
A lot of you upcoming graduates have probably already bought your cap and gown before well before graduation was officially cancelled. This is actually quite fortunate because taking graduation photos in your cap and gown is one of the most essential steps in making this milestone feel official.
Graduation photos are a wonderful way to immortalize your accomplishment. This is a moment that you’ll want to relive for years to come and what better way to do so than through photos.
They also allow you to share the moment with your friends and family so that they may also take part in the joyous occasion, no matter how far you might be from them.
Graduation is an event that every student works diligently towards and to have the celebration of that achievement taken away can be quite dispiriting.
The positive thing about celebrating graduation at home is that it ensures that you’re celebrating with the people who you value most. The people who have helped you to make this great achievement possible.
We hope you can incorporate these ideas, and enjoy the small slivers of light that have revealed themselves despite these murky times.