Preschool graduation ideas

Updated March 23, 2017

Preschool graduations focus on the fun and excitement of learning, meeting new friends, and earning new privileges and responsibilities rather than serious ceremonies. Family members, especially new parents, will still be very excited to celebrate their youngster's accomplishments, so planning a graduation ceremony can acknowledge their hand in student success. Choose a preschool graduation idea that can be enjoyed by kids and grownups alike.


Most kids love attention, and audience members will enjoy watching the preschoolers demonstrate their mastery of songs, dances, alphabet recitations or naming body parts. Now's the time to show off how your preschoolers can recite the Pledge of Allegiance in sign language or recite the days of the week in Spanish. Create oversized posters of adult men and women with cutout faces, then let each graduate step behind the poster and announce what they want to be upon "growing up." Be prepared for entertaining answers.


Video can sum up precious preschool moments more eloquently than words, in some instances. Screen a montage of activities from the prior year, whether it's kids learning the ropes of hopscotch on the playground, planting flower seeds in empty milk cartons or silently reading books on the classroom beanbags. Audience members will appreciate a peek into their children's learning experience, and kids will had a ball pointing out their friends (and themselves) as the film footage or photos roll by.

Graduation Paraphernalia

You'll probably want to skip the robes, which are costly and uncomfortable for the kids. But they'll feel grown-up wearing graduation caps, and parents keep these as mementos from the special day. Time permitting, create personalised graduation certificates for the kids to take home. Signatures from the preschool principal make these seem extra-special. Streamers, balloons, banners and confetti add to the room's festivity.


Feel free to serve some treats at this celebratory event, whether it's a cake decorated with the names of the preschool graduates or sweet fruit punch. Healthy options include sliced fruit or vegetable platters. Cut costs by asking parents to bring snacks to share, but be aware of student allergies and make sure to secure office approval before permitting food outside food consumption in the classroom.


It's a smart idea to pace through the graduation a few times with the kids, including walking in, standing in straight line, coming forward to receive their certificate and handshake, and stepping back into line. Depending on the size of the graduation class and classroom, parents can sit at their child's desk, on chairs brought in for the event or merely stand at the back of the room for shorter events. Outdoor ceremonies welcome the spring sunshine, but be prepared for more distractions and have a backup plan in case of rain. Don't make a big deal about encouraging kids to dress up; students from lower-income families may feel uncomfortable on their special day if classmates show up wearing expensive finery.

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