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 Helpful Tips for Kindergarten Graduation


With the school year soon ending, many children are graduating from kindergarten and the excitement is escalating   As a parent of two children I have been on committees to create a memorable kindergarten graduation. So why not help your child graduate from kindergarten in style..  Whatever you choose to do it does take planning.  So follow our helpful hints below and get your graduation off to a good start.


You need to decide what works best for the graduation at your school.   Is it better to have it inside the school or to find a place on the grounds of the school.  If you decide to have it indoors  it is best to use a school auditorium or cafeteria.  Many times the classroom  will be too small with guests.  Remember that everyone wants to be able to see their child.  The pros of having it Indoors is  that you do not have to be concerned with the weather and it is a little easier to set up since you do not have to carry chairs, tables etc... outdoors. However there is nothing better than being outside on a bright, sunny day.


When selecting who should be invited to the graduation ceremony you must consider the number of guests that you can accommodate.  How many people will fit comfortably in the space that you will be using?   Do you need to make it an occasion for just parents or can you also accommodate grandparents and siblings? 


Give yourself a month or more to plan the graduation.   Remember that you will need to get volunteers to help with the preparations as well as donate food. Give parents ample notice so that they can adjust their schedules accordingly.  By giving yourself time you can do things at a leisurely pace.   Be sure to include the children in on the fun.  They can help to make invitations, and decorations.


Your invitations should be sent 2 - 3 weeks prior to the event.  This will give parents plenty of time to respond and will give you time to finalize preparations.  Make sure you include the date, start and end time, venue, special instructions, whether food will be served and an RSVP form to be returned to school by a specific date.  This will help you to get a head count for beverages and food.


It is important to make the graduation area look colorful and bright.  Kids love balloons and streamers and they will go a long way.  Put streamers around the tables and add bunches of balloon strategically around the room. If it is in your budget it would be nice to have a balloon for each child to take home with them.  The  kid's artwork will make terrific decorations so select some of the best drawings made by the children and hang them around the area.  Be sure to include artwork for ALL of the children.  Create or purchase a "Congratulations- Class of ???" banner.  Purchase theme related plates, napkins and table covers.  Make a fun centerpiece - a decorated cap is always fun.


Keep the food simple.  Finger food works best.  Use juice boxes for the kids.  Remember to order a cake. 

Food ideas:

Pizza cut into small pieces

Fruit tray including strawberries and grapes.

Use cookie cutters to create finger sandwiches. 

Cheese and crackers

Veggie and dip

Desserts: brownies, cookies, Rice Krispie teats, graduation caps (see recipe)

Grad Caps Recipe

Ingredients needed:

  • Miniature peanut butter cups

  • Frosting or peanut butter

  • Chocolate-covered graham crackers

  • Fruit leather

1. Place a miniature peanut butter cup, bottom up, on a plate. Top with a small dollop of frosting or peanut butter, then press on a chocolate-covered graham cracker.

2. For a tassel, tightly roll up a small square of fruit leather. Cut fringe on one end and attach the other end to the center of the graham cracker with another dab of frosting or peanut butter.


The graduation cap and gown is a very important part of the kindergarten graduation ceremony.   It is best if you arrange for the attire for all kids, rather than have parents do it individually, so that everything will match.  Rhyme University is a great site for purchasing graduation items. They supply caps, properly sized tassels, and gown sets made from high quality polycotton or polyester materials designed specifically for children between the ages of 3 and 6.

No graduation ceremony is complete without a diploma.  Check the internet for sites that have templates for free.


Sending each child home with a keepsake is something that they will enjoy and their parents will cherish.  Some ideas include:

  • Create a memory book with pictures from the events that occurred throughout the year.

  • Produce a DVD with memories from the year

  • Take a class picture and frame it.

  • Create a time capsule where you have the kids answer a set of questions like What is your favorite color?  What TV show do you like to watch?  What is your favorite food?  What do you like to do when you are not in school? What do you want to be when you grow up? Why is your mom/dad the best?  etc..
    Include their picture and the year and put it all into a decorated plastic bottle.

  • Create a "You are the greatest box/card" and include a piece of each of the candy listed below with the corresponding words attached to each.


“You make us roll with laughter”
“You’re the jolliest, sweetest kid in the world”
"You are an All-American classic”
“You worked so hard this year"


“You improve More and More each Day”





Graduation Caps by Terri Bose

This cute little graduation cap is a fabulous idea for preschool or Kindergarten graduations! Easy to put together and children are proud to wear them and move on in style. Make one or make them as a class project!

What You Need

  • Plastic or Paper Bowl

  • 8" x 8" Matching Card Stock

  • Yarn

  • Scissors

  • Glue

  • Tape

What you do

Check bowl for fit on child's head. We trimmed off the rim.  Turn the bowl upside down and glue the square of card stock on what used to be the bottom of the bowl. Adult should use a scissors to poke a small whole through the middle of the card stock and bowl.

To Make the Tassel

Wrap yarn several times around three fingers. Leave about a foot of yarn on one end. Remove from fingers and pinch together at that end.
Use another piece of yarn to wrap pinched strands together. Tie off. Cut open loops on other side. Push long piece of yarn through a hole punched in the top. Tape on the inside to hold in place.


Kids love praise and the spotlight on them so why not have an award ceremony.  You could have lots of special awards so that everyone in class receives one! 

  • Helping hands award
  • Good listener award
  • Learning numbers award
  • Learning words award
  • Reading award
  • Learning colors award
  • Writing well award
  • Learning shapes award
  • Contributing award
  • Teachers helper award
  • Good manners award
  • Awesome artist award
  • Perfect painter award
  • Works well with others award
  • Bright Idea award
  • Perfect attendance award
  • Hard worker award
  • Best story-teller award
  • Bright smile award
  • Caring award
  • Cooperation award
  • Best singer award
  • Good sportsmanship award
  • Great coloring award
  • Best athlete award
  • Sharing award


Compliments of

Sung to the tune of "New York, New York"  

Start spreading the news
We're leaving today.
We want to be a part of 
First grade, first grade

We've worked very hard
Our teacher's so proud.
So open up those doors to
First grade, first grade.

We know our... alphabet
And numbers too.
We all can write our names
And tie our shoes!

So when summer's done
And we're all done with play
Our mom's will send us to
First grade, first grade.

If we can make it there
We'll make it anywhere
So here we come 
First grade, first grade.