With the end of the school year approaching, you may be thinking ahead about graduation. How should we celebrate it? Should we get them an 8th-grade graduation gift? Not only are there graduation ceremonies and celebrations for high school and college but often for 8th grade and even kindergarten and preschool.
My son’s school calls it 8th Grade Graduation. Some schools use a different term:
8th Grade Commencement
Why celebrate 8th-grade graduation? At first, I wasn’t sure how much of a big deal we should make it. I mean, graduating 8th grade is something he’s expected to do. It’s his job to go to school, learn, and get good grades so he can advance to the next grade.
But once I thought about it, I realized its a huge milestone. Transitioning from elementary and middle school to high school is a new experience. You’re not just a kid anymore. It’s time to start acting more mature, being more responsible, and preparing for life after high school.
We celebrate milestones for our family and friends. College graduation may be a huge graduation party with family and friends. We host baby showers for moms to be. We celebrate a new job by going out to dinner. Gifts, cake and a party for birthdays. Companies celebrate 5 years or 10 years with the company with a card or gift. Milestone celebrations may be big or small, but they should be celebrated. I see it not just as a celebration because they passed their classes but as a celebration for moving on in their next phase of life just the same as getting married, having a child, retirement. It’s a way to show support and love.
8th Grade Graduation Celebration Ideas
- Decorate the outside of your home. This could be a graduation lawn sign or banners across the garage door. It’s fun to do something that can be seen by your neighbors so you can share your excitement. Used streams and balloons in school colors. Print out signs to hang up.
Here’s what I did: I printed 2024 in a collegiate font onto cardstock with one number on each page along with ‘class of’. Then I backed each white sheet with black cardstock and trimmed it to create a frame. I grabbed a screenshot of the school’s mascot off their website and printed that out. Then added green and purple (School colors) balloons and streamers and added a CONGRATULATIONS banner. I attached everything with clear packing tape.
- Candy leis
- Family dinner at their favorite restaurant. Want to make it a bigger celebration? Invite a few of their closest friends to join
- Professional photoshoot of your child. A few ideas for shots – in your home, doing things they love (such as holding a basketball if they played on the school team), on school grounds.
- Graduation party with friends. The end of the year is the perfect time to host a pool party, ice cream party, or back yard BBQ.
- Start graduation day with a special breakfast. Surprise them with donuts. Make them extra special by having them decorated in school colors. Or add the tinted icing glaze yourself – check out my tutorial here
- Haircut, Blowout, or Professional makeup application for their graduation ceremony. This special treatment will help them to feel grown up and excited for the years ahead. This works even for guys – get them ‘the works’ are the local barbershop.
- Graduation Cake or cupcakes – sweets are always great for any celebration
- Go out for ice cream after graduation and let them order whatever they want.
- Put together a scrapbook of school memories. Have them help or surprise them with the complete project
- Celebrate with a day at a local theme park or water park
- Take them to open a bank account and get a debit card. You could give them a little money to get started. This is a great age for them to start learning life skills of banking, budgeting, and saving. In high school, having a debit card is useful when they’re hanging out with friends and need money for food and activities.
- Graduation gifts – everyone always loves a present
What to write on an 8th-grade graduation card
Looking for some fun phrases for cards or signs? We’ve got a few ideas:
Peace Out Middle School
Out the door, Class of 2024
Congratulations Graduate, Class of 2024
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