Congratulations, class of 2020. You have reached the light at the end of the tunnel. I hope that whichever school you are currently attending has arranged some sort of plan to celebrate all the hard work and sleepless nights you’ve endured to attain your degree.
If not, do not despair. Here are some tips and ideas to throwing your own party in quarantine:
First of all, I wanted to touch on my own grad experience. What was it like before COVID? What were my thoughts and opinions? Since my graduation (the transition made from high school to university) was not during the global virus pandemic, I had the opportunity to celebrate with all of my friends and family. I’m so sorry to all the graduates who are currently missing out on these amazing opportunities.
This is what my graduation process looked like:
Step 1. Take Artona grad photos at the beginning of the year. This was the first time we got to wear a cap and gown. It was a great way to have a photo to commemorate the journey that brought all of us there. To be completely honest, our photos were WAY too expensive–except now (three years later), I wish I had bought more.
Step 2. Spend, spend, spend. This step of graduation involves dress / pantsuit and shoe shopping for girls (or guys, no judgments here). It was a lot of fun, but definitely very costly!
Step 3. Formal grad. During this step, we had to attend rehearsals to practice walking on and off stage.
Step 4. Actual grad. This was held in the rose garden of my to be future university at the time. It was a lot of fun and we got to take pictures in our cap and gown. Plus, there was a reception.
Step 5. PARTY! This was definitely the best part. We had two formal parties with our relatives and then one after-party (we even had our own party bus).
Alright, alright, enough.
So… how can I have my own grad experience in quarantine? You’re in luck my friend, I have found some great ways to improve your grad experience and celebrate the countless hours put into attaining your diploma.
Choose your favorite photos and memories and print them using a personal bluetooth printer
This is a great way to take a trip down memory lane. I find scrolling through my photos somewhat therapeutic. You can also use Pinterest to find some great DIY ways to hang them either in your room or somewhere else in the house.
Add a movie theater screen to your backyard
This is a fun way to celebrate your graduation. You can also project a slideshow of all your pictures here. Consider watching your favorite movie, making popcorn and chilling outside with your family.
Interested in buying an outdoor movie theater screen? Click here.
Get take-out from a favorite local restaurant
Not only does this support your favorite local restaurants, but its also a great way to celebrate your graduation. Zoom call your friends and family to share a meal together.
Set Disney’s firework display as a backdrop for your walk
This is definitely a hilarious one. If your university has set up some form of graduation over Zoom, choose Disney’s firework display as your backdrop.
Purchase Some Champagne!
Buy some sort of alcoholic beverage or sweet dessert to celebrate. C’mon you deserve it.
If there’s one thing that is certain, it’s that your graduation will be memorable. Ten, twenty years down the line you will look back and think how crazy it was to have graduated during a pandemic.
Are you currently a graduate or relative of one? Leave a comment below and let me know how you are planning on celebrating this life milestone during COVID-19.
Check out my other article An Electronic Diploma: What to Expect this Upcoming Fall Semester in University if you liked this post.