Kindergarten Graduation Ceremony Ideas for Teachers


As a kindergarten teacher, the end of the school year can be a bittersweet occasion as you watch your students prepare to leave your classroom and move on to first grade. Host a graduation ceremony the kids are sure to remember fondly that also helps to get them excited for first grade. A well-planned ceremony is a chance for your students to show off to their parents and loved ones as kindergarteners for the last time.

Diplomas and Awards

  • Present each child with a diploma showing she has graduated from kindergarten. Sign each diploma, and get the principal to sign each as well. Roll each diploma into a tube, then tie it closed with a ribbon. Along with diplomas, consider giving each child a simple award. Glue a cardboard circle to the top of a ribbon, then attach a pin backing to the circle. Write a message on each circle that applies to the student, such as “#1 Reader” or “Most Helpful.” Give an award ribbon to each graduate so no one feels left out.

Host a Presentation

  • Kindergartners rarely sit still through long presentations if they have to listen to them, but they enjoy performing in their own. Have the children recite a graduation poem or sing a graduation-themed song. If you are having trouble coming up with a song or poem, create an acrostic poem. Use the first letters of the word kindergarten, first grade or the school name as the first letter in each sentence of a graduation-inspired recital. Each child recites one line from the poem.

Graduation Gifts

  • Give each child an inexpensive gift to mark this special day. An inexpensive piggy bank to hold the beginnings of his college fund is a practical choice. Or give each child a first-grade reading-level book to help sharpen his reading skills over the summer months. Sweet treats are inexpensive and appreciated. A class photo in an inexpensive frame makes a memento that both the child and the parents appreciate. A memory book showing off some of the artwork and crafts he created during the summer offers a personalized gift he can use to show off his creations to family members.

Use a Theme

  • If you are having trouble coming up with inspiration, consider a graduation theme to help guide your choice on songs and decorations. Use a Western theme and have the kids sing “Happy Trails” after the ceremony as their goodbye to kindergarten. Use cowboy-themed decorations for the ceremony. Countdown to first grade is another simple theme. Decorate the room with number-themed items, then have the kids count down to first grade. When they reach the end of the countdown, have them throw their hats in the air and cheer.

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