Preparing for graduation day in preschool…

It won’t be much longer until it is time for graduation day at preschool…

This is an exciting time and milestone for young children as they are preparing to enter into their elementary school years…

Here are a few tips if you are planning your graduation ceremony…

Graduation Decorations: Decorate the doors and halls before the big day…

Graduation Diplomas: If you are going to hand out diplomas during the ceremony, practice the hand shake and receiving of the diploma ahead of time so the children will know what to do…

Graduation Hats: Make your own graduation hats or order them early so they will arrive on time. Make sure that the hats will fit too…

Graduation Songs: Choose a few songs for the children to sing for the parents. If you plan for the children to learn a new song, then start teaching it early otherwise choose old favorites that the children have learned through out the school year. Find songs with movement and choose songs that the children can master easily. If the children are not familiar with the songs you choose, the children will not enjoy it as much and you want this to be fun for them! Here is a song I found on You Tube – you can see the children have learned the song well and are having fun singing along…

Special Recognition

One idea is to give each child a certificate of recognition. This can be done in a fun way and builds off positive traits of the child’s personality. Ideas for special recognition may include, for example…

  • Child most likely to become a movie star (Likes dramatic play)
  • Child most likely to become a superhero (Likes to help others)
  • Child most likely to become an engineer  (Likes to build with blocks)
  • Child most likely to become a dentist (Child who recently has lost the most teeth)
Remember – it is important to build off the positive qualities of a child and never attempt to poke fun of a child’s not so positive qualities as this can definitely backfire.
Slide Show
A short slide show presentation of the graduating class is always fun for parents.  Make sure that you include each child equally in the slide show and that you do not make the slide show too long.  A simple presentation of the children doing a few fun things throughout the school year is plenty to entertain the audience.
Length of Graduation: Keep your ceremony short and then invite the parents to stay for punch and cookies. A long graduation ceremony doesn’t make it better, only longer:)

Final tips…

  • Make sure you have enough seating for all the parents.
  • Make sure you have enough programs to hand out to all the parents.
  • Make sure you don’t misspell a child’s name on the diploma or on the program.
  • Make sure you have a microphone or can be easily heard throughout the program.
  • Make sure the room is not too hot for lots of folks to sit together.
  • Make sure you have a plan for plenty of parking spaces.
  • Make sure you have plenty of punch and cookies for the guests.
  • Make sure you have plenty of help for set-up, clean-up, and serving during the event.

Other Links to Graduation Ideas…

How to make a felt graduation hat from Little Birdies Secrets

How to make a paper graduation hat by Sherry Osborne

Preschool Graduation Poems from the Preschool Professor

Graduation Music and Songs From Preschool Education

More Graduation Ideas from Pre-K Pages

Preschool Songs for Graduation

Available on Amazon…

The photos in this post were taken in the beautiful Learning Time Preschool campuses!

By |2017-05-23T02:25:39+00:00April 26th, 2011|

About the Author:

Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. has been working and teaching in the field of early childhood education for over 30 years. Deborah currently owns and teaches in her own part-time, private preschool called The Children’s Studio. Deborah’s deep passion for teaching and working with young children is documented and then graciously shared with millions of readers around the world through her blog and other social networking communities. Deborah believes that young children learn best through play and exploration and embraces this belief in all that she does in her own classroom so that she can effectively and passionately share rewarding, real- life, tried-and-true practices with other teachers, parents, and leaders across the field of early childhood education.


  1. JDaniel4's April 26, 2011 at 10:20 pm - Reply

    What a wonderful day to celebrate! I love the hats.

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. April 26, 2011 at 10:44 pm - Reply

      The children really do love this event – And so do the parents!!

  2. Tracey @ Don't Mess with Mama April 27, 2011 at 1:45 am - Reply

    Love your blog. I visit it all the time. I added a link to my blog about homeschool resources – I know your site isn’t just for homeschoolers. Check it out when you get a chance. Thanks!

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. April 27, 2011 at 2:00 am - Reply

      I will hop over now Tracey!

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