6 Tips for Throwing the BEST Graduation Party in 2021 🎓

graduate wearing an academic regalia and watching her graduation ceremonies on TV
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As the class of 2021 prepares to turn their tassels, you may be wondering how to celebrate the graduate in your life without traditional in-person commencements and parties. Whether you’re the grad throwing your cap this year or the family of a proud senior, here are some graduation party ideas that no one will forget.


Graduation car parade

graduates ride on their respective cars as a substitute to graduation march
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This is a great idea when social distancing is mandatory. Share a date and time with close friends and family and prepare your lawn for the event with thematic decorations. Consider adding a personalized yard sign or balloon arch to really make it a celebration. Your friends and family will drive by, giving them a chance to congratulate you face-to-face and exchange words of gratitude.


Group activities & Zoom parties

Zoom call as an alternative post graduation party ideas
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Can’t gather IRL? No problem. Create a free Zoom or Google account to host a video room, and make it official by designing a cute invitation through Canva or Partiful and sending it to attendees to save the date! For fun activities, consider a virtual cooking class or snack tasting through Goldbelly. Go the extra mile by dressing the part and even decorating your space to match! Everyone will attend from their own homes but the graduate will feel the love.

One of the fun graduation party ideas is to download Presently’s free party kit here for themed Zoom backgrounds, group activities, and graduation-themed Playlists to help you get started planning your own zoom party!


Virtual yearbook on Presently

Instax photos for reminiscing as sentimental graduation party ideas
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Reminisce on all the sweet and wonderful memories you shared throughout college with Presently’s newest feature, the Group Memory Book! This is perfect for a group of graduating friends, seniors in a student organization, or a big family with multiple graduates this year. Invite collaborators from all over to contribute memories and photos for multiple graduates and answer prompts like “My favorite memory with you is…” and “Remember that time when…” Then, every graduate in the group will receive a personalized feed with all the memories shared!

If you’re organizing for just one graduate, you can choose to bring friends and family together to sign one group card or group gift instead!


Throwback PowerPoint parties

person gathering pictures for their throwback powerpoint presentation as graduation party ideas
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Here’s one of the most sentimental graduation party ideas. Reminisce on all the sweet and wonderful memories you shared throughout college with a digital collage presentation. Have everyone put all their favorite memories from their times together into a Powerpoint or Google Slides presentation, and just hit play to take a trip down memory lane.


Socially distant camping trip

camping and waiting for the sunrise are great graduation party ideas
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With the weather warming up, this is the perfect time to consider a camping trip for a couple of close friends. Get out into nature and celebrate the grad with spooky stories around the campfire and hikes with exceptional views. If camping isn’t your thing, try glamping! Either way, these graduation party ideas can make you enjoy the peaceful, quiet, and beautiful views of nature. What a great way to celebrate such a momentous occasion, safely.


Small at-home celebration

Congrats banner as a one of the great graduation party ideas
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Bring the celebration into your home with those you live with. Whip up a fancy dinner and put up decorations to match. Have the graduate pick a theme (or pick one yourself and make this a surprise!). Bonus points for printing out fancy menus and offering their favorite courses.


Congrats, grads!

Don’t let this milestone go uncelebrated! While you might have to get a little creative and think outside the box, it’s totally possible to spread the love and celebrate your grad’s accomplishments while staying safe. Let us know how you celebrated your graduation by tagging @getpresently on Instagram and we’ll share your post for a celebratory boost 🥳


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Jillissa Drayton & Vedant Misra