So the school year is coming to an end, and you are in charge of planning the graduation for the children leaving primary, or elementary, school. Coming up with a different theme each year can be challenging, but a good rule of thumb is to select themes with a message of inspiration for the kids to take with them, while still making the ceremony fun.
The Sky is the Limit
For this theme you can have a backdrop of a bright blue sky with a drawing of a small plane spelling out "The Sky is the Limit!" with the smoke from the plane. You can also have flying graduation caps and diplomas on the backdrop as well. Have one or two of the children recite poems related to the sky being the limit on their dreams and potential. Have the children sing "I Believe I can Fly" by R. Kelly.
Reach for the Stars Theme
For this theme, transform the stage into outer space. Decorate the stage, or the area where the kids will be recognised, with a black backdrop with bright yellow stars all over it. Have a moon with the American flag on it as well. If you can, hang papier-mâché planets from the ceiling. The kids can march down the aisle to the Star Wars Theme. For the class song, the kids can sing "Reach for the Stars" by S Club 7.
It's A New Day Theme
This graduation should have an upbeat, excited feel to it. This graduation should be about getting the kids excited about the next step in their lives. The children should march down the aisle to an upbeat song like "It's a New Day" by Will.i.am. Have select children speak about their future goals and aspirations. The kids can also sing "Can you Feel A Brand New Day" from the movie "The Wiz." Have balloons in the school colours or a rainbow of colours on the stage in an arc. Let the kids throw confetti when they have all received their diplomas.
Thank You and Farewell Theme
This theme is all about giving thanks to all the teachers in primary school that helped the kids reach this point as well as their parents. This is a much more sentimental theme, and you can expect parents, teachers and even some kids to tear up a bit. The backdrop of the ceremony can say something along the lines of "Farewell, Pine Woods Elementary!" or "Thanks for the Memories!" In the weeks prior to the graduation, have the children make a video of each of them saying thank you to a particular teacher who was extra special to them. The children can sing "Because You Loved Me" by Celine Dion or "The Wind Beneath my Wings" by Bette Middler.