How to Celebrate Graduation During a Pandemic
By: Megan Smyth, BHSc (Honours), Class of 2021
With less than four months until the Class of 2021’s spring convocation, we now have confirmation that it will be a virtual ceremony due to the ongoing Covid-19 crisis. While it’s disappointing we won’t be able to get together in person, that doesn’t mean we can’t celebrate. Here are five tips to celebrate a safe and socially distant graduation.
Host a Zoom party
Rally your friends and family for a night of celebration. The best part about this kind of party is that everyone can attend, even those living in another province or country. Bring your own snacks and drinks and play some Among Us or Kahoot trivia. Get dressed up if you want to, or stay in your pajamas!
Look through old photos and take some new ones
Take some time to look back on your favourite memories over the past four years. Then, take some new photos! Even if graduation looks different from how you imagined it, this is still a special day and one you’ll want to remember. If you can get your hands on a cap and gown, even better.
Celebrate at home
Organize a special meal with your family or housemates. Buy some balloons and streamers, order takeout from your favourite restaurant and have a fun night in. Try baking a cake or your favourite dessert together! You could also get out and enjoy the spring weather with a picnic or BBQ.
If you’re still in touch with any friends or roommates from first year, reach out to them. Nothing brings people together like reminiscing about rez life or your first Inquiry group project. This is also a great time to reach out to those who helped you through the past four years and express your gratitude—your parents and siblings, friends, or favourite professor.
Do something just for you
Read a book you’ve been saving, buy yourself something nice, pop a bottle of champagne. Take some time to reflect on your favourite memories from the past few years. Don’t let the occasion pass by unremarked; you’ve worked hard over these past years, and deserve to celebrate everything you’ve accomplished.
It can be hard to think about the moments we’re missing out on during this pandemic. But at the end of the day, we have to make the most of the situation we’re given, however unexpected. Who would have thought you could attend convocation in your pajamas? Have fun with it! Most importantly, stay safe, and hopefully, we will all be able to celebrate in person one day soon.