Although geared toward 7th and 8th-grade students, the suggestions provided by Diane McMillan are excellent to use with both middle and elementary school students. Alternative terms for 'graduation' are provided along with great activities for celebrating and commemorating academic transitions are included, making this a great resource for classroom and school-wide celebrations.
This infographic created by Children's Hospital Colorado does a great job of listing concrete ways that parents can support their student(s) in the transition from elementary to middle school. I recommend giving this useful, yet easy to understand resource to parents as part of the "graduation ceremony" program. A link for a similar infographic addressing the transition from middle to high school is also included!
K6Educator.com provides outstanding ideas for celebrating academic transitions. Although geared towards elementary graduation/promotion celebrations, the suggestions included in this article (for example, a Moving Up Day Dance or "graduation" journal) can definitely be used with middle school students as well.
This blog post offers some great suggestions for planning grade-school graduation celebrations. The ideas are creative, concrete, and best of all, low cost! One of my favorite ideas is having students wear ribbons in the school years rather than more costly commencement robes.
I love that this article takes a complete different perspective on grade-school graduations. In this humorous article, Shannan Younger presents several valid reasons why grade school academic promotions are not cause for celebration in the way that high school or college graduations are. The best part of the article, however, are the insightful questions to pose to "grade school graduates" as they finish one part of their academic career and begin another.
The tips and ideas included in this EducationWorld article are excellent! From traditional whole-school graduation ceremony ideas to ways to celebrate within the classroom, the ideas provided here help make planning graduation/promotion celebrations both meaningful and memorable.