The COVID-19 pandemic is an unprecedented situation for the United States and the world at large. Not only are people facing a great amount of stress and uncertainty, but the closing of schools and other activities makes it difficult for high school and college graduates to properly celebrate this milestone. At Lisa Marie Kotchey Designs—a leader among Fox Chapel Jewelers—we want to help you celebrate and commemorate life’s biggest moments. While maintaining social distance presents some challenges for many people during this time, these 5 tips are a great way to make the most out of the current climate and make your graduate feel special.
A Special Gift from Lisa Marie Kotchey Designs
Choose a Piece from the Leader Among Fox Chapel Jewelers to Commemorate Graduation
Whether your graduate is finishing high school or college, graduation is a major life milestone. Typically, graduation gifts are thought of to be more extravagant and meaningful than a birthday, which is why choosing a special gift from the leader among Fox Chapel jewelers is a great choice.
Lisa Marie Kotchey Designs can help you choose or create a custom piece of jewelry that commemorates this special milestone. Not sure what you’re looking for? We recommend pieces that are great staples for someone entering the workforce, like a classic pair of pearl earrings or diamond studs, or engraved cufflinks for the special male graduate in your life.
Additionally, sentimental pieces are another great choice for your 2020 graduate. The leader among Fox Chapel jewelers is experienced in reworking heirloom pieces of jewelry—like class rings from older relatives—into a new piece that is sentimental and stylish. Additionally, we can help create necklaces, rings, and bracelets that are engraved or customized to celebrate your graduate.
Host a Socially-Distant Graduation Ceremony
Abide by Social Distancing Guidelines While Your Graduate Walks
The COVID-19 pandemic is leading to the cancellation or indefinite postponement of graduation ceremonies. However, after years of hard work, many families still want to celebrate with loved ones. The solution? Hold your own graduation ceremony. There are two different ways to do this:
The Backyard Ceremony. Tell loved ones to grab their lawn chairs and attend a backyard ceremony. Placing chairs at least six feet apart, allow your graduate to celebrate their graduation by receiving a diploma (or rolled up piece of paper), receiving praise from loved ones, and walk to the graduation march. While this may lack the ‘pomp and circumstance’ of a formal ceremony, it allows loved ones to celebrate together in an informal way.
The Window Ceremony. Many loved ones—like older grandparents—may not be able to leave their homes during this time, but it means a lot to see their graduate celebrate this milestone. Instead, bring the celebration to them. Stop by a loved one’s house in a cap and gown outside the window, allowing them to congratulate the graduate or take photos.
Use Delivery Services to Celebrate the Occasion
Special Meals and Deliveries Help Celebrate Your Graduate
Many families choose to go to a special restaurant after graduation to celebrate the graduate. However, with restaurants closed for dine-in services, this may not be a possibility. However, many restaurants are still offering take-out meals or delivery so that you can still have a graduation meal.
Additionally, you can still order delivery or special treats and flowers to celebrate your graduate. Treat services like Edible Arrangements, Sherri’s Berries, and local favorite Oakmont Bakery are offering delivery and/or curbside pickup, allowing you to still enjoy the special treats on your graduate’s big day.
Host a Virtual Graduation Party
Toast to Your Graduate Online Using a Video Platform
A graduation party is customarily hosted to celebrate the graduate in an informal setting. However, avoiding group gatherings can make this extremely difficult to do. If your graduate has plans to move to a new city or a job or furthering their education, hosting a graduation party has a time restraint — and because we don’t know how long this will last, it’s best to make alternative arrangements.
Try hosting a graduation party through Zoom, Google Hangouts, Facetime, or Houseparty. This allows you to see your guests face-to-face without coming into contact with them. Invite everyone to grab a drink and toast to your graduate over the video chat as a form of celebration.
Buy a Giftcard for Future Use
Stimulate the Economy Now By Giving Your Graduate a Giftcard
Businesses small and large are struggling in the current climate. If you’re buying birthday or graduation gifts, consider purchasing a gift card for your graduate to use in the coming months. Whether this is for a great restaurant on their college campus, a local bookstore, or Amazon, purchasing gift cards can stimulate the economy and give your graduate a worthwhile gift.