We want to do something. Our graduates have worked hard. To not be able to celebrate the incredible accomplishment of 13 years of schooling is hard on a graduate’s heart and their parents’ too. They’ve spent somewhere around 2,340 hours doing schooling, and you want to honor them for the accomplishment of making it to the finish line.
But how do we celebrate with shelter in place orders, social distancing, or self-quarantine?
It might not be anywhere near the same, but it is possible.
Before you begin planning, ask your graduate what would bless them and what would make them cringe. Know your child: do they hate public attention, but crave it on a smaller scale? Would they want to include others, or just celebrate as a family? Do they need an encouraging boost? Or, are they over it and ready to move on?
Next, consider making sure you have talked with them about how they feel. Acknowledge that not having baccalaureate services, team banquets, prom, and graduations is incredibly hard and disappointing. Let them know that you hear and see them in that before planning lots of alternatives. Also, be certain that they know that alternatives don’t come close to the real things.
Lastly, pray for them. Honor your graduates with your prayers. Write them down for them or pray with them. What better gift could you give them than surrendering them, their hurts, and future plans to the Lord? They’ll be blessed by the intimacy, encouraged in their faith, and inspired by the example that you’ll set.
If some fun, reflection, celebrating, and honoring is needed, here are 20 alternatives:
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