A milestone achieved! Hard work rewarded! Graduation marks the end of one goal, and the beginning of another! Hats off to you all!
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On Vacation Get-Away
Open House/Drop In
3-4 WEEKS PRIOR TO PARTY, INVITE:
Combo Family Party/Reunion
Combo Friends w/Graduates
Combo Family w/ Graduates
Consider Out of town Guests:
Invite Online, by phone, by mail
Customized Photo Invitations
1-2 WEEKS FOLLOWING EVENT:
Send Personal Thank You Cards
Preordered for pick up
Preplanned for Delivery
Favorite Meal at Home
Incorporate School Colors
Plates, Cups, Napkins
Class Photos- Then/Now
Mason Jars with Mortar Board Caps
Custom Photo Hand Fans
Incorporate School Colors
When circumstances prevent the gathering, there are always ways to celebrate with the guest of honor by letting them know you are thinking of them! Graduation gift ideas can help to please your graduate! Mailing and social media open the doors to communication and sharing. While it is not a good substitute for a good "old fashioned" party, the purpose is served, and memories are still being made! There are no rules for creating a unique way to celebrate any occasion, nor are there any rules for the timeline to do so. All of the graduation party ideas listed above for creating a party may not be feasible during this time of Covid-19, but I hope you are inspired by some of the thoughts and traditions to make your party fly!
When I think about GRADUATION, getting out of High School seems to be the biggest celebration of all, due to the fact that kids are released into the world to make their own decisions as whether to join the workforce or to continue on in education for specialized job opportunities, (or neither for a few). Most every American will reach the goal of gaining that High School Diploma or GED. It is a milestone of both age and that defining moment of time where critical life decisions are made! The yearbook, the last 4 years of childhood, the friendships, the structured education system, the life skills and tough growing years are banked in the mindset where they will be recalled, even as adults as the best and the worst times of their lives. For some, high school reunions will let them relive their peak life moments, and for others, the journey only just begin, and high school memories will fade into the stepping stones to bring them to higher places. A new beginning, fledgling adults can strip their labels and reinvent themselves. Yes, getting out is a really big deal, and a goal that took 13+ years to achieve! This party is usually most enjoyed with classmates! The sad truth is, some may never see each other again.
Graduation from college is huge! The smarts to compete for college admission is a hurdle. The funding for college is a challenge that most likely will drive the need to succeed, in order to secure a job in the field of study to pay those college debts, another hurdle. Juggling life, families, and jobs while taking classes in any field of study is another hurdle that requires much personal sacrifice. Gaining knowledge passing oodles of tests and grades is an ongoing series of hurdles that makes for a long race. Graduation from college at any age, is an adult achievement, a personal achievement, and an empowering achievement! This type of graduation is the finish line of a marathon! The adults that have crossed paths and shared memories may continue to influence a graduate at this level, but the defining degree of success is literally, the degree in hand! It would be most likely celebrated with loved ones who applaud their level of achievement!
Don't forget the kids! This generation has adopted graduation celebrations from one grade to another and one school to another. In the past, these smaller milestones were acknowledged by immediate family, but with little fanfare. Today, classrooms and elementary schools acknowledge the movement from one grade to the next with ceremonies during school hours, and perhaps an evening in the school auditorium to bid a farewell to the grades moving on to another building, to another level of learning. Many families choose to celebrate at home with a small party with immediate family and friends as a fun way to acknowledge the child's growth! Positive reinforcement has a way of boosting a child's self esteem, and THAT is a key to success!
"May you find success in life, more important than riches, happiness in living your dreams!" - Sandy
"Follow your passion, stay true to yourself. Never follow someone else's path; unless you're in the woods and you're lost and you see a path, then by all means, you should follow that." - Ellen DeGeneres