Graduating from college or high school is a major accomplishment that deserves recognition and celebration. As a church, there is an opportunity to honor graduates in your congregation for their hard work and dedication. Here are some ideas for how to do so:
- Graduation Sunday Service. Consider dedicating a Sunday service to honoring graduates. Have graduates come forward to be recognized and give them an opportunity to share their future plans and goals. Pray for them and their futures and encourage the congregation to offer words of encouragement and support.
- Gift Presentation. Present graduates with a gift to commemorate their achievement. This could be a Bible, a devotional book, or a personalized gift with the church’s logo or emblem. Make sure to personalize the gift with the graduate’s name and graduation date to make it even more special.
- Bible Highlighting. Purchase a Bible for each graduate. The week before you honor graduates, set up a table in the lobby with the Bibles, highlighters, and pens. Set the graduate’s picture or name in front of the Bible. Allow your church congregation to highlight Bible passages and write notes of encouragement in each graduate’s Bible.
- Church Wide Graduation Party. Host a graduation party or reception for graduates and their families. Provide refreshments and snacks and decorate the space with graduation-themed décor. Encourage members of the church to attend and offer congratulations to the graduates.
- Graduation Bulletin Board. Create a bulletin board with pictures and information about the graduates. Include their name, school, degree or diploma earned, and future plans. This can be a great way to showcase the achievements of graduates and provide inspiration to younger members of the church.
- Special Sermon. Preach a special sermon on the topic of graduation and what it means to transition from one stage of life to the next. This can be an inspiring message that encourages graduates to stay true to their faith and trust in God as they embark on new adventures.
Honoring graduates is an important way to show them that their hard work and dedication are appreciated and valued. These ideas provide a starting point for churches to celebrate and honor their graduates and provide encouragement as they embark on the next stage of their lives.