Fifth / Sixth Grade Graduation Program Ideas

Updated on February 16, 2012
K.I. asks from Olathe, KS
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I am looking for ideas from moms who have helped with the planning for sixth grade graduation at their school. Our district is graduating 5th and 6th graders this year. Any really great ideas for our program? We have a whole book from past years, including a dvd show with kid pics from all the grades, legacy gifts to the school, etc. We have a more limited budget this year and can't ask parents for any additional money. Thought I'd check to see about any fun ideas our school has not seen before.

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answers from San Antonio on

What about candy wrappers that can be personalized with each fifth/sixth graders name? They also have diplomas that they make with lifesavers that can be personalized too.

My sister ordered some when her daughter graduated high school last can find them at


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answers from Wichita on

Good Morning K.! I agree with what K. M said. The t-Shirt idea is a good one. You can watch the ads and Michaels has some good buys on Tee's every once in a while. I buy them there for my Alzheimer's Memory Walk team members. Last year I picked up 10 for 10.00, all sizes. You might even be able to work out a deal with them to order a large amount. If some one in your planning group has some Computer know how you can make a iron on logo, mascot, kids names etc on the pc then transfer it to the T-Shirt. They have Transfer sheets for T-shirt there also.

Myself wouldn't go through the Whole shebang of graduation. Seems since Tia was little, she graduated Pre-school, Pre-K, and Kindergarten. She is in 5th gr now and I don't know if their school will do this type of thing now. Then they usually Grad. 8th gr. That's alot of Graduating in my thinking. Doesn't seem to be as special as it used to be.
We looked forward to High School Graduation and Felt pretty darn special that we made it. Of course that was 40 years ago, Times they are a Changing.

God Bless you with Awesome thoughts and idea's to make this a success for those attending.
K. Nana of 5

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answers from Kansas City on

Our school doesn't do a formal graduation ceremony, they throw a big party for the class. This year, they went bowling. They also do everything you have mentioned, (showing the video with baby pictures, legacy gift to the school, etc.) but in addition, they order shirts that list all of the kids names on the back and the school name/mascot on the front. The kids love them.

I'm sure it's not cheap, but I think if you look around, you may be able to get them at a pretty reasonable price. They even had larger sizes made for all of the teachers, including the music/pe/art/spanish teachers.

Good luck - you've taken on a pretty big project!

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answers from Kansas City on

You've had some great ideas already! I agree that the kids would love t-shirts, especially if they are given the opportunity to let their classmates sign their names on them. I also think that a graduation ceremony probably isn't necessary, and the kids might enjoy a special field trip or party instead. You might try bowling or a place like Wildwood or Adventure Woods for a day. Also remember that 5th graders are quite different developmentally from 6th graders and don't need to do everything exactly the same as them. Good luck!



answers from Washington DC on

Our school rents obstacle course/dunk tanks and has a dance in the afternoon, pizza/drinks/desserts. We need ideas for legacy gifts, can you give us some suggestions? Thanks!



answers from St. Louis on

I know you will probably hate me for this but I feel very strong about it so here goes:I hope the school has taken into consideration many kids at this age of 11/12 often don't care to continue with schooling-really! They drop out eqrly and don't have much for any future. My kids had a big blow out for their 8th grade grad-party with food/treats-pictures-limos for a ride from their dinners out on the town-formals and more---needless to say not much was left for their high school grad
-this was impossible to deal with. I think we all need to downplay all these graduations till the end of high school-they need to have something to look forward to and to take them into the college or work mode. Whatever you do please keep in mind their minds are going faster than you can imagine this includes sleep-overs (yeah they want their guy/girl sleep overs) Pay attention to you loved ones and think about what they have coming up in the future! Do your kids get a high school senior fest? Mine did and had a rec center with activities/t shirts with every name on them/ food/ presents for their next step in life/(microwaves for the college experience and more) lots of chaperones and they got to be with their whole class for one more time in the whole life of the first schooling they ever did-they earned it as they went the distance. Plus the proms, homecomings/festivals in town do they really need a big party for 5/6th grade?

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