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Graduation Ceremony Ideas 2021

by Martin Lewis
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The covid-19 pandemic and its subsequent lockdowns and restrictions have thrown a spanner in the works of, well, pretty much everything — graduations included. Thankfully, we are now at a point where restrictions have been lifted, and social environments are much safer than before. Meaning that graduation ceremonies have the green light to go ahead, and there’s no time like the present to think of some awesome graduation ceremony ideas.

For students who completed their studies in 2020, graduation was pencilled in for July but has been delayed until September. For those of you who completed your studies this year, your graduation ceremony will be next year. Yes, the delays are frustrating, but it does mean you have plenty of time to plan!

In this post, we’ll list a few graduation ideas to make sure that the conclusion of your studies is one to remember and allow you to make up for lost time, and then some.

Your official graduation (fingers crossed)

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As we mentioned above, official graduations will be going ahead in a few months and next year. This is fantastic news for the students who will have completely missed such an iconic and memorable event and provides a much-needed sense of hope that things are finally going back to normal.

While students, schools and universities have done a fantastic job by providing a graduation experience via small-scale and virtual graduations, there’s nothing like the real thing. Here’s to hoping that you and your classmates can celebrate your graduation properly. The entire team here at Evess have their fingers crossed for you!


Open-air graduation party

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Although restrictions have been lifted, it’s still crucial for everyone to consider the safety of others and do their bit to prevent an increase of covid-19 cases. For this reason, outdoor parties are one of the best graduation ceremony ideas, as it not only offers a brilliant way to celebrate but also means you’ll be in a much safer environment. Also, you’ll avoid the complications of trying to book indoor venues that suit your needs, the scale of the party and the potential for covid-19 related issues.

By being outside, you can be more creative with space and themes, but it also means attendees will have peace of mind knowing that they’re safe. And let’s be honest, planning an outdoor party such as a garden party is a lot of fun because the options are endless. You can implement games and other activities, a barbecue, cocktails and much more. Is it conventional graduation? No. But we are living in far from conventional times, so why not make the most of it?


Virtual graduation

It’s safe to say covid-19 had a significant impact on pretty much every aspect of our day-to-day lives. But thanks to technology, we can communicate efficiently, which proved to be a game-changer for both professional and personal use. Although restrictions have been lifted, virtual graduation still offers a unique, memorable and safe way to celebrate. Especially when you consider that not everyone feels comfortable in larger crowds at the moment.

There is a wide range of virtual graduation ideas to explore, and it gives you the freedom to create something that everyone will embrace. You could even adopt some hybrid graduation ceremony ideas, where you’ll have small-scale individual parties but link up using video calls. This is very much like businesses that use video conferencing to celebrate the new year or other special occasions if they are in offices throughout the country or abroad. 

This way, you can have fun and see the people you love the most while being able to interact with everyone you spent time with throughout your education.


Create a digital yearbook

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While it may not specifically be in the graduation ceremony ideas category, it will undoubtedly be the cherry on top of a wonderful experience. Yearbooks are an age-old tradition that allows you to look back on your time at school, college, or university fondly and also cringe at the pictures in years to come. 

A digital yearbook is a much simpler and cost-effective way to compile images and other content that perfectly reflect you and your classmate’s educational experience. Also, it’s a nice thing to do for people who have likely found it difficult during recent times and ensures that the memories will last a lifetime.

If you would prefer a physical yearbook, this is also an option, as many different companies provide this type of service. You can customise yearbooks to suit your content and image needs, as well as a design everyone will love.

Dress for the occasion

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Regardless of the type of graduation you choose, one thing that you shouldn’t miss out on is the famous cap and gown attire. It’s a tradition that dates back to 12th century Europe, and it shows no signs of stopping any time soon. Academic attire and the classic throwing of the cap are cornerstones of the graduation experience. So whether you’re planning your own graduation ceremony, attending your official one or putting together a virtual graduation for the ages — one must dress for the occasion!

At Evess, we have everything you need to dress the part and ensure that all graduation boxes are ticked. Caps, gowns, accessories, fun gifts and even sets for home graduations — we strive to ensure that every graduation is as special and memorable as possible, regardless of the circumstances.

Do you have an upcoming graduation ceremony? Check out our online store for all of your graduation needs. Graduation is a special occasion, and it’s our job to make sure it’s an event that lives long in your memory. If you have any questions or need more information about our products, don’t hesitate to get in touch!

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