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If opportunity doesn't knock, build a door. - Milton Berle

It is that time of the year again when the Graduation becomes an integral part of every discussion held at IPD. From where to host the event to ensuring our timing for verification is correct, are common during this period. We feel a deep sense of pride in counting how many have completed their qualifications and share in the sense of excitement voiced in the RSVPs. For us the arrangements are secondary to the sense of achievement we have that IPD has for another year, assisted our learners to be able to "build a door!"

A graduation signals a person's first step into the "real world" - a world where the true strength of character, skills as well as knowledge are put to the test. This is why if you know someone who's graduating soon, we tend to congratulate them but include a reminder of how that person should act, think and survive in the real world.

Actually, that's the reason why graduations are called "commencement exercises."

Orrin Hatch was even quoted as starting graduation saying "graduation is not the end; it's the beginning." If you really think about it, that's one of the greatest graduation messages one can ever share. Indeed, a graduation is a beginning, a fresh new start.

Many of us have forgotten the huge sense of "moment" we experience when realizing that we have finished with something hard to do. This is in essence why we celebrate, and definitely a good reason for a graduation!

Donning a cape and weird looking hat may seem odd when out of context, but when it symbolizes the beginning of a brighter future, the end of sacrificing a huge amount of personal time and the ability to build doors where there are none; my vote goes to having the ceremony!

Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world. - Nelson Mandela


Thanks to google and various sites, keeping to the theme here are some Graduation Games!

Graduation Party Games Icebreakers. Please find below a selection of my favourite free graduation party games that are real ice breakers. Icebreakers are a great way for everyone to meet, it also allows a calm start to the party until everyone arrives. Guests do not need to stand around waiting for the graduation party games to start.

Guess Who (Suitable for all ages)

Place the name of a teacher on a sticky label. When a guest comes in, stick it on their back. They have to ask other guests yes or no questions about the teacher and guess who it is by the end of the night.

Musical Partners (Suitable for all ages)

This is one of the best graduation party games you can do to get everyone up dancing. Start with one couple on the dance floor. Stop the music and the couple have to split and select someone else to dance with. Simply repeat this until the dance floor is full.

Match of the Year (Suitable for all ages)

This is one of the more appropriate free graduation party games. What you do is try arranging lots of pictures of the grad at various periods throughout their school years on a table. You could turn this into a competition by asking guests to specify which photo belongs to which year.

Rogue's Gallery (Suitable for all ages)

Set up a table with paper, crayons, pencils and pens. Everyone has to draw a picture of themselves and write their name at the bottom. When they are finished they are pinned on a board. Everyone gets a prize. I can still remember my granny's self-portrait - it was a real hoot.

Famous Person

Each person must act like a famous person and the other guests must guess who they are.

Pass The Hat (suitable for all ages)

Form a circle and place the hat on one players head. The player should pass the hat going around the circle without using their hands. If a player drops the hat he/she is out. The winner is the last one in the circle with the hat on their head.

I Remember When (suitable for all ages)

You'll need lunch bags, one per guest plus paper and pens to write on How to play: This one of the graduation party games is great for graduation parties. Set up the bags and the paper so that each guest can write something they remember about the other guests and places it in their bag. Be sure to stress to the guests that only nice things should be shared.


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