The class of 2020 has worked so hard to reach this pivotal moment in their lives—graduation. With circumstances for traditional graduation celebrations being less than optimal right now, families and communities are looking for ways to celebrate the senior class and to let them know that they are proud of them and all of their accomplishments.
Here are a few ideas to show the class of 2020 some love:
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1. Senior Yard Signs
Put celebratory yard signs in front of every senior’s home. Many printers have a template ready to go for local communities that include the school name, colors, mascot, and “Congratulations!” Families can write in the senior’s name. This is a great way to show the community all of the many seniors have worked hard to reach this milestone.
Some communities have even gotten a sponsor or two to pay for the entire senior class to have signs. This is a great option that ensures that all seniors have signs. Teachers, staff, coaches, and parent volunteers can distribute the signs to yards of students they know.
2. A Senior Concert
All of the talented musicians who didn’t have a chance to put on one last show for family and friends can create an online concert. Each senior who wants to share their talent can record a performance for family, friends, and community members to enjoy on the school’s Instagram page (#seniorconcert2020) or other school district social media outlet.
3. A Senior “Prom”
A virtual prom is something that allows students the chance to dance their way through these weird times. It can be hosted through a social media site or through a Zoom-type meeting. An administrator, teacher, or coach (with a fun personality) would be the DJ and play songs for a few hours for the class of 2020. Seniors can post requests for songs to be played. The seniors and their families can decorate their homes and dance in their finest at-home gear. Recordings of seniors dancing can also be posted so people can share their memories simultaneously.
4. Senior Spotlights
Using a district website or social media site, post pictures and a short bio of a few different seniors each day. This way, every senior gets a moment to shine at the end of this journey.
5. Parking Lot Party
While staying safely socially distanced in their cars, seniors and their families parade through the high school parking lot for a festive, fun celebration. Teachers cheer the students on with signs, balloons, and cowbells. Students can decorate their cars. The principal can read each student’s name on a microphone so everyone can cheer from their cars. It’s an experience everyone will remember.
6. “Adopt” a Senior
Create a Facebook group for the community. Senior parents post pics and a short bio of their senior. Other community members post that they will “adopt” or honor this senior. The community member then does something kind in honor of this senior. They can send a card, decorate their car or house, put balloons on the mailbox, get them a gift, bake them a cake, or whatever they feel is an appropriate way to honor this senior. Someone manages the site to ensure that all seniors get honored in some way.
These 2020 seniors deserve to be recognized for this great accomplishment. It takes a little extra creativity in this strange time, but a fun and joyous celebration is possible. Community members, families, and school district staff can come together to boost the spirits of the students of this graduating class.