Graduation is a time for celebration, reflection, and reunion with the most important people. It is a special day to commemorate past achievements, share memories with friends, and relax oneself.
In this spirit, we share some tips for planning graduation ceremonies to help students prepare for the next important step in their lives. This article is designed for school staff and administrators who participate in the process. We know that planning a graduation ceremony is not easy, these suggestions will help the graduation ceremony stand out.
1. Plan a safe and convenient activity
The graduation ceremony should be safe for everyone (including the elderly and the disabled), which is of utmost importance. We recommend planning logistics in a meticulous manner so that a schedule can be made for every possible situation or emergency. The venue should have adequate entrances and exits, be large enough to comfortably accommodate the maximum number of participants, and provide barrier-free seats for the disabled. Safety comes first.
2. Decorate and fill the space with inspiring decorations
Next, the venue should be decorated with delicate and unique decorations to make participants excited when they arrive. The decorations can match the color of the graduating class, but they should also have a personalized style so that the audience would have interests. Even some colorful banners, balloons and student works can decorate an ordinary gymnasium or sports field.
3. Keep the audience involved
Please remember, plans are underway to hold a graduation ceremony and prepare degree for diploma holders, family and close friends. Their memory is far more important than making the school look better or raising more funds for the alumni fund. For this reason, every stage of the ceremony should meet the needs of the audience. For example, when attendees find a seat, they can see a welcome slide on the large projector screen. And students are allowed to share personal photos and favorite quotes so that the audience can watch carefully before the main event.
4. Display real-time video source
After the ceremony begins, the slide can be switched to the live camera footage so that everyone can watch the whole process up close. This will ensure that latecomers can still watch their children graduating without carrying binoculars. It also enhances the emotional impact of the event, as the camera operator can capture students as they enter the venue and speak at the graduation ceremony.
5. Hire professional photographers
It is crucial to film the ceremony by experienced photographers and videographers. If attendees want to relax and enjoy the ceremony, this allows them to pay for professional photos. It also minimizes the number of people who take out their smartphones and try to take close-up shots of their children. Many parents prefer to pay extra for high-quality photos of their children.
6. Create a new tradition
Finally, you can throw away the script and start your own tradition. It can be a special song, dance or random activity that can attract students and make the process more interesting. If you have difficulty in coming up with ideas, please try to survey students and alumni within a few months before graduation. So you can see what makes them smile, and set an event that recognizes their achievements.