Graduation ceremonies are integral to the student experience whether a student is graduating from college, high school or even kindergarten. These major milestones deserve to be celebrated, even if the school doesn’t offer a graduation ceremony. For example, online programs or traditional colleges that offer online learning are not required to hold a graduation ceremony. All that is required is a real, physical diploma.
Now with the novel coronavirus closing our nation’s schools for the remainder of the year, thousands of graduations have been postponed or cancelled. Rather than taking away this milestone from students, schools do have another option: a virtual graduation ceremony.
What is a Virtual Graduation?
A virtual graduation is a graduation ceremony held online. These events can take on various forms, such as a pre-recorded video, a live webinar, a slideshow presentation or a live-streamed event.
To host a successful virtual graduation, all your school needs is basic technology like an internet connection and video camera. Choose your format and virtually gather students and families to celebrate. You can play an audio of each student’s name, share clips from the event on social media and provide each student with a memorable item.
What Types of Swag are Best for an Online Graduation Ceremony?
Branded swag is a great way to commend students for a job well done. This small token shows students that your school cares about them and wants to celebrate their achievements. Here are some examples of how you can use swag to support your e-graduation:
- Yard signs. Place personalized yard signs in front of your students’ homes. This is an easy way to call attention to your graduating class. Plus, yard signs are inexpensive and easy to personalize.
- Graduation hats. Join the #MoveTheTassel movement by gifting each of your students a graduation cap. During the live ceremony, students can move their tassels together.
- From cozy sweatshirts to lightweight tees, branded apparel is always a favorite. By working with a company like Inkwell, you can have each item personalized with the student’s name and graduation year.
Plan a Successful Virtual Graduation with Inkwell
The pandemic doesn’t have to stop your school from recognizing graduating students. By hosting an e-ceremony, you can honor students, celebrate their achievements in a timely manner and reinforce the ties they have with your school. And, it doesn’t have to cost much at all!
To help your students remember their special day, be sure to give them something memorable. For example, a college graduate swag box can contain items that prepare graduates for working in an office like a coffee mug, reusable water bottle and personalized backpack. Younger kids in elementary or middle school value stress balls, drawstring bags and stuffed animals dressed in graduation attire.
Inkwell will take care of everything for you – the design, production and fulfillment. We’ll even deliver the swag boxes directly to your students’ homes! What a great way to show that you care about your students and are not just “pushing off” graduation until an unforeseen date.
To discuss the right branded merchandise for your virtual graduation, contact Inkwell today. Together, we can put something together that will be memorable for your students for all the right reasons.