Everyone will remember 2020 as the year we were all quarantined. The high school graduating class of 2020, will remember it as the year they lost out on the last year of their high school career. As an adult, you likely look back fondly on the formative moments from your senior year, such as your last day of class, your prom, your graduation ceremony, and your graduation party. With the need to social distance and stay safer at home, seniors have been trading in final classes for homeschooling and experiencing once-in-a-lifetime rites of passage in virtual settings.
We think your high school senior deserves to be celebrated, even if you can’t gather with friends, family, and peers in person. Here are six ways to celebrate your 2020 high school graduate during the COVID-19 crisis.
Decorate Your Door
Families in communities like Fresno, California, are showcasing all the reasons they are proud of their graduate for friends and neighbors to see—from a safe distance. They are decorating their front doors and porches with letter jackets, instruments, awards, and signage. The decorations are a small, but powerful way to recognize all that this year’s seniors have accomplished throughout their high school careers, even if they are unable to celebrate in end-of-year award ceremonies and other pivotal events.
Host a Virtual Graduation Party
It doesn’t replace bringing together family and friends for an in-person celebration; however, it will still give your graduate a chance to be recognized for their accomplishments. A virtual event will also allow your graduate to hear words of advice and guidance from mentors and influencers who want to share well wishes.
Create physical graduation announcements and mail them to friends and family. A custom announcement is not only a way to honor your senior, but it will become a tangible memento from a year in which so much of their final high school moments were experienced virtually.
Lean into sharing and experiencing life’s most impactful moments virtually by creating a video tribute to your son or daughter. Share it on social media and email it to friends and family. Collect your favorite photos of your child from the past 18 years, set them to music, and then let the tears fall.
Celebrate with Your Immediate Family
At the time of this writing, the social distancing recommendations in most states still allow for small private gatherings of up to ten people. Invite your closest friends and family over for an intimate, but hugely celebratory graduation party. To minimize the chance of anyone getting sick, have candid conversations with your guests, and encourage them only to attend if they have stringently reduced interactions with others outside of their home over the past few months.
Plan a Year One High School Reunion
Commit now to throwing a reunion party for your child and their peers next summer. Bring the group back together and throw them the party they deserve.
Hearts across America are going out to seniors in the class of 2020 who are doing more than their part to help minimize the spread of COVID-19 and keep us safe. If we can help you honor your graduate with custom t-shirts like the ones below, visit our sister company, Periwinkle Designs.