Current times are bittersweet for the class of 2020. With students heading towards graduation, these are the days they have never imagined; there are no processions, no handing out of diplomas, no parties and no speeches.

Graduation is commencing at a time of great uncertainty. However, it should be understood that graduation is itself a tremendous achievement, and life can be paused to celebrate such a moment regardless of circumstance. That is the reason Facebook planned a special even on its app and on Instagram too.

On May 15, 2020 at 11 AM Pacific Time and 2 PM Eastern Time, Facebook broadcasted #Graduation2020: Facebook and Instagram Celebrate the Class of 2020. The address was given by celebrities like Awkwafina, Jennifer Garner, Oprah Winfrey, Lil Nas X, Simone Biles and the like. They also shared words of wisdom and Miley Cyrus performed a special performance of her hit song ‘The Climb.’

In short, Virtual Graduation Ceremony on Facebook took place in May this year.

The ceremony acknowledged high schools and colleges in the United States by name, across each state and also included photos and videos of the class of 2020 as well as messages from principals, chairpersons, deans and other senior educational personnel across the country.

The video was shared on Facebook Watch and is available on Highlights and more will be posted to Facebook’s Instagram account as well as Instagram’s own account on the medium Other than that, it will be available on social media accounts of contributors too.

Graduates can also host their own virtual graduation ceremonies and parties through Facebook. Special features included are a virtual graduation hub, custom filters, celebrations with friends and family enabled by Messenger rooms and the like.

Instagram’s programming

On Monday, May 11, 2020; Instagram initiated daily programming spotlighting senior experiences – from votes of ‘most likely’ to portrait showcases to senior skip day. Instagram also rolled out new creative tools and features including a graduation countdown sticker, celebratory sticker pack, new augmented reality effects and a custom hashtag page for #Graduation2020.

Without music, there isn’t any graduation. Facebook and Instagram stories will soon launch a graduation theme for music stickers which are basically a list of grad-related songs making it easy to find the perfect soundtrack for the graduation moments people share to their stories.

This year’s graduation will be different than other years, and no doubt memorable because of it. Everyone is proud of the graduates for what they have achieved.

Other ideas for graduation ceremonies

The following are some other great ideas that can work for graduation ceremonies really well.

A fancy virtual dinner on Facetime

For those who are fond of good dinner parties, they can always consider using a special service provider as it can send them dinner party kits, flatware, fancy plates and other needed stuff right to their doorstep. This will help them get the needed things for a fancy virtual dinner party.

For families and households having a graduate wishing to celebrate their success with; they can be given a fancy kit. Later on, a call on Zoom, Skype, Messenger or FaceTime can be set to toast such great moments. This helps a lot of graduates get the chance to celebrate their educational milestones with their loved ones with the same spirit as an actual dinner.

Making use of customized cookies

There are a lot of good service providers for customized cookie sets. They are helpful in creating cookies featuring their high school sports team mascots, sports team logos, high school logos, college logos, varsity sports team’s logos and mascots etc.

Since a lot of medical high school graduates can go in for fancy dinner parties or Zoom calls with each kind of relative; they love things they can remember for a long time. Memorable moments having fancy items being celebrated with cousins, family and friends is worth the investment.

Sending specially designed balloon-based banners

There is something special about balloons. They pop. The ones that say ‘Special Celebration’ are key to a top-notch virtual graduation party. Sending graduates, a fancy balloon banner to have them hang it up in their home or in the background of a video chat helps create the special feeling of celebrations.