At this point, many of us have gotten our Zoom game down. We’re no longer bumbling around trying to figure out how to set up a meeting or video chat, but now come prepared to connect with others in a virtual format. One positive that came out of the world going remote was that we explored new avenues and platforms in which we could connect.
Although not ideal compared to traditional gatherings in person, this is an opportunity to take the skills you’ve learned to your advantage and host a virtual party on Zoom, Facebook Messenger, Microsoft Teams, WhatsApp, or whatever your favorite video meeting software of choice may be.
Virtual Graduation Ideas: Not Just for Quarantine
A remote graduation party can be a great way for graduates and their loved ones to celebrate. While virtual celebrations have become the norm as of late, celebrating remotely can be a great solution for graduates who attend school far away from immediate and extended family members. Celebrating virtually offers the following benefits:
- It lets people avoid unnecessary travel.
- It ensures everyone’s comfort level with in-person interactions is being met.
- Extended family, elderly family members, and friends that live far from the graduate may not be able to make the journey to an in-person celebration, so virtual celebrations give a chance for everyone to participate in the celebration, even from afar.
- Students who attend school in a foreign country can still celebrate with their loved ones in an online format that makes them feel at home.
Whether you’re trying to follow social distancing guidelines or you can’t physically get to someone’s graduation, a virtual celebration can be a wonderful way to pay homage to the graduate, especially when you take certain steps in the planning process.
Virtual Graduation Party Ideas for Planning
You can plan an amazing virtual graduation party by implementing certain elements into the remote celebration. The following virtual graduation party ideas should get you set up for an epic time.
Picking Your Video Chat Platform
It’s important to choose a video chatting platform that you know how to use well to avoid any technical difficulties as you host. At the same time, it’s important to consider if the attendees have familiarity with the software or app, or if they may have difficulties accessing.
For example, if you want to share your screen to show a slideshow honoring the grad’s high school moments, Zoom makes it’s easy to share your screen with others. Or, if your family is in another country, WhatsApp is a popular video chatting platform in many foreign countries and allows users to connect as long as a Wi-Fi connection is available. For those family members that may only know how to use their phone, a small group Facetime call might be best to say a quick hello and congrats.
Make It Fun with Graduation Zoom Backgrounds
To make the virtual celebration feel like an actual party, add some virtual decorations. You can do this by having attendees put up different backgrounds in their video background that play to the theme of the graduation—be it school colors or premade backgrounds that you’ve created and sent for them to upload. You can also have them put up candid pictures of the graduate to make the party even more fun!
Decorate Like You Would in Person