Ideas for a Kindergarten Graduation Ceremony

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Ideas for a Kindergarten Graduation Ceremony
Kindergarten graduation is a proud moment for many kids. (graduation poster image by robert mobley from

Graduating from kindergarten is quite an event for a child. Kindergarten is often a child's first year of schooling, making her graduation a big accomplishment. A fun ceremony makes graduation an enjoyable and memorable event for the children and leaves them with a positive feeling about entering grade school. There are ways to make the ceremony exciting for them as well as easy for the parents and teachers.

Future Costume Theme Ceremony

Instead of the traditional cap and gown, have the children dress up in a simple costume that is representative of what they want to be when they grow up. Although they can still wear a nice graduation outfit, have them add a simple piece of themed clothing or accessory. For example, if a child wants to be a doctor, he could wear a stethoscope around his neck; if he wants to be a cowboy, he could wear boots and a cowboy hat. Have the person who is handing out the diplomas announce the costume: "John Smith is planning to be a cowboy when he grows up."

A Song

At many kindergarten graduations, the children will sing a song. Prior to the graduation, teach the children a song that has to do with growing up or the future. At some point during the ceremony, have the children sing the song as a group. After the song, hand out the diplomas individually and ask the children clap and cheer for each other. This is also a good photo opportunity for the parents.

Set Up

Set up the graduation area so that the children can walk down an aisle while "Pomp and Circumstance" is played. Place the diplomas on a table decorated by the children and hand them out with a flower or some type of simple gift that the children will enjoy. Plan a surprise at the end of the ceremony, like a balloon or confetti drop.


Children love awards and to be rewarded because it makes them feel special. In addition to handing out diplomas, consider granting an award to each child for something she's good at, such as perfect attendance, best reader, good manners, hard worker or best drawer. This action will promote confidence, good behaviour and memories for years to come.

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