The class of 2020 is facing a lot of adversity as this school year comes to an end. As frustrating and sad as it is to not experience the commencement ceremony they had always imagined, we cannot forget that these seniors deserve to be celebrated for all of their hard work and accomplishments.
So how do we celebrate in such a strange time in our lives?
We get creative and throw the best parking lot party ever!
Let’s get started:
Create a clear entrance and exit. There should be one way in and one way out. The path should be clearly marked. Set up a central area for the principal with a microphone and a loud speaker to announce each senior as their car passes by. Decorate as many places as possible with giant balloons, banners, signs, and anything creative you can think of. Have someone responsible for recording the event so seniors can go back and watch it all later.
These are your cheerleaders for the senior class. Standing six feet apart, they can ring cowbells, wave pom-poms, spray silly string, hold up signs and express their excitement. The seniors will love getting to say goodbye to their teachers one last time.
Make sure you give them plenty of notice so they can organize themselves and plan for the big event. Send fun invites home to each senior and follow-up with emails to seniors and their parents. Advertise the event on social media and have seniors post their preparations for the party. #parkinglotparty2020
Generate excitement about the once-in-a-lifetime parking lot party! Seniors can decorate their cars with balloons, signs, streamers, and window displays. Family members can ride along (and drive) so the seniors can enjoy the moment. They can put on their favorite spirit wear, crank up their favorite tunes, pack some graduation party cake, and make the most of this ride!
Safety first, of course! Only people from each senior’s house are allowed to be in the car. And everyone must remain inside the car throughout the party. The only standing spectators should be teachers, administrators, and staff. These spectators should be standing at least six feet apart. No sharing of any foods or beverages or passing things from car to car.