In the midst of all the changes that the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic has introduced to our collective lives, our hearts truly go out to the graduating classes of 2020 this spring! School closings around the world, social distancing measures and the banning of large gatherings have dramatically changed commencement ceremonies and all the parties that go along with such a life milestone.
So many of our beloved graduates, from high school seniors to law school soon-to-be graduates, are facing a very different storyline than they’ve been anticipating for years. Here at FYP, we’ve brainstormed some options for celebrating your 2020 graduates, even without a traditional party. We can help you mark their moment with some fun party accessories, gift ideas and memorable DIY projects, and, of course, will be here with allll the fab ideas when the big parties resume!
Celebrate Your 2020 Graduate at Home
If you have a grad in the house, find ways to party without the party. That could be a festive meal, a super fun day at home, or even a graduation processional of one, complete with the gown and tassel. While you can’t throw a big party this May, for sure, lets all cross our fingers for a college send-off celebration in August! For now, though, stock up on festive graduation party accessories like our graduation themed party pack napkins to create an atmosphere of celebration at home!
Celebrate Your 2020 Graduate from Afar
Many of us have graduates in our lives that are far away, but even if they’re just across town, we’re limited in our ability to celebrate them right now. This spring, let the graduates in your life know that they aren’t forgotten by sending them a personalized graduation gift. A custom monogrammed duffel bag or a personalized journal are great choices that are sure to be useful! For a college or law school graduate, custom engraved rocks glasses are a classic choice to mark their graduation day. (Add a bottle of their favorite adult bev for a bonus!)
Compile a Memorable Gift for Your 2020 Graduate
When your dearest friends and relatives are not able to gather to celebrate an accomplishment like graduation, there are still ways to create a gift that everyone contributes to. Ask all of your would-be graduation invitees to email (or snail mail) you photos and words of encouragement for your graduate, then compile everything your receive into a photo book or scrapbook. Creating a meaningful memento for your 2020 graduate is a great way to mark their moment, despite the limitations on larger celebrations.
Host a Virtual Graduation Party for Your 2020 Graduate
Of course, hosting a virtual party for your recent graduate is a fun option! Since large online gatherings can get a little hairy when everyone tries to talk at one time, consider giving your guests a prompt or a predetermined order to share a few thoughts. Or, better yet, establish an MC for the party to keep things in order and, ahem, exercise their muting capabilities.
Plan a Launch Party for Your 2020 Graduate
While we don’t know how the next few months will develop, we’re hoping that our 2020 graduates will be able to have college send-off celebrations in August. With a slight adjustment to the theme, it can be just as meaningful! Custom party accessories designed to celebrate their launch to the next era of life with "Adventure Awaits" napkins, "Go Get 'Em, Graduate" favor bags and "He's A Graduate" stadium cups.
Whether your favorite grad is miles away, or in your home with you, this year’s celebration is going to look very different! But, you can definitely still celebrate their accomplishment, even without the traditional commencement ceremonies!