Roll out the red carpet, and get ready to celebrate your students with an Oscar-worthy end of the year awards ceremony that is super simple to plan… because we all know how crazy it is at the end of the school year! These end of the year awards are the perfect way to recognize your students’ talents, characteristics and growth. Just follow these four easy steps for an end of the year celebration that is fit for a superstar!
STEP 1: SEND AN INVITATION
End of the Year Award Ceremony Invitations
To help create excitement and build anticipation for the big event, send an invitation to your students prior to the end of the year awards ceremony. Simply add the date, time and location of the event, as well as any other important information. You might even ask your students to come dressed in their Hollywood best.
To send the invitation digitally, save it as a JPEG or PNG. Then, attach it to an email, upload it to Google Classroom or Seesaw, or insert it on any other learning platform.
You can also print the invitation, and send it home inside your students’ take home folders or supply pick-up bags.
STEP 2: WELCOME YOUR SUPERSTARS
Before the end of the year awards ceremony begins, set the stage with a red carpet entrance. Use a digital backdrop, or literally roll out the red carpet, to welcome your students. Google your favorite Oscars background, or insert one of these digital backgrounds, to use during a virtual end of the year awards ceremony.
Celebrating in-person? Project these same backgrounds onto your board. For an added touch, roll out some red bulletin board paper, creating a walkway up to the digital stage.
STEP 3: BEGIN THE AWARDS CEREMONY
Virtual End of the Year Awards Ceremony
Now, it’s time for the end of the year awards ceremony! Choose the awards that match your students’ unique characteristics. Edit the awards with their name, date and teacher name. Simply share your screen during virtual instruction, or project the presentation during in-person learning, to present each award.
Before each award, give a brief description of the award. During this time, you can have the students guess who they think may receive the award. Then, build anticipation with a drumroll sound effect. Falling confetti on each award will help create a truly magical and exciting end of the year celebration!
At an in-person end of the year awards ceremony, the students can walk down the red carpet runway to receive a printed copy of their award.
STEP 4: DISTRIBUTE THE AWARDS
Digital End of the Year Awards
Edit the digital end of the year awards and/or crowns in PowerPoint or Google Slides.
To distribute these awards digitally:
- Download a PNG or JPEG of each award and email the image to the student.
- Share the awards via Google Classroom.
- Save an image of each award and post them on Seesaw or any other learning platform.
Printable End of the Year Awards
Use the editable PDF to print the end of the year awards and/or crowns for your students. Tuck the printed awards and/or crowns inside your students’ take home folders or supply pick-up bags.
You could also mail the printed awards home to your students.
The end of the school year is such a special, yet bittersweet, time for you and your students. Hopefully, this simple end of the year awards ceremony will add to the nostalgia and create a truly unforgettable end of the year!
MORE END OF THE YEAR CELEBRATION IDEAS
Commemorate the year with these other memorable end of the year celebration ideas that will work for virtual or in-person learning!
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