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50 ways to celebrate convocation

The countdown is on!

We are officially less than FIFTY. DAYS. FROM. CONVOCATION.

What better way to celebrate your accomplishment than doing something fun every single day leading up to convocation?

We got you. Check back daily for fun ideas, links, social filters, PRIZES, and more!

Congratulations to all of this year’s grads; we are so proud of you!

50 ways to celebrate convocation

Check back each day until Oct. 2, 2020 (the big day!),  and we’ll have a new way to celebrate.

  1. Record a congratulatory video and share it for all graduands to see!
  2. Create a DIY mortarboard (graduation hat) and sport it on October 2! Here’s some inspiration.
  3. Mark October 2 in your calendar! It’s going to be a great day!
  4. Create a timeline of your educational journey from Kindergarten until now. 👀 
  5. Share your unique and inspiring story with our AU community. Write your own story here.
  6. Purchase a frame for your degree—and make sure to hang it on your wall. You’ve done something great! 
  7. Reach out to thank those who have made your education journey special. 
  8. Write a letter to your former self, telling yourself how difficult your journey will be but how you will overcome any obstacles that may stand in your way.   
  9. Order a gown or graduation hood and really get into it!
  10. Adopt a new AU learner! Join the mentorship program AU Connect.
  11. Send a grad a special graduation greeting from a celeb! Or order one for yourself, they are so fun!
  12. TAKE A BREAK—Chances are you’ve been juggling work, school, family life, and everything else for so long. Make sure to put up your feet and relax!  
  13. Plan a Drive-By Graduation Party – Just because you’re quarantined doesn’t mean you can’t celebrate. Invite your friends over for a socially distanced drive-by graduation party. 
  14. Decorating for your virtual watch party? AU’s colours are orange and blue (in case you need a place to start 😉 
  15. Treat your family to a pre-convocation celebration dinner. They deserve some credit for help you achieve your dream. 
  16. Send yourself some flowers—you deserve it!
  17. Suggest a song for our ‘Walking Across the Stage’ Convocation Playlist. 
  18. Use the #AthaU20 hashtag early and oftenyou may be surprised with a shoutout or fun AU convocation swag.  
  19. Get your favourite beverage ready for celebratory cheers’. 
  20. Create a time capsule with your favourite memories and experiences to open in a few years, to reflect on in years to come.  
  21.  Have you planned for an ice-cream sundae bar? No real reason for it… But ice cream goes hand in hand with celebrations. Don’t like ice cream? Make a candy bar instead!
  22. Clear some space for an “at home stage” to walk across (and add some music for our ‘Walking Across the Stage’ playlist)
  23. Pick an outfit that makes you feel amazing on your graduation day.
  24. Use the #AthaU20 hashtag early and oftenyou may be surprised with a shoutout or fun AU convocation swag.  
  25. Adopt a new AU learner! Join the mentorship program AU Connect.
  26. Get out into nature! Enjoy a special walk, jog, or hike in your local area in honour of all your hard work. 
  27. Order yourself some celebratory balloons – who doesn’t like to pose with a balloon tree?! 
  28. Have you been thinking about what the next step is? AU offers several graduate programs.
  29. Why not get a special plant to commemorate your special day?! It may be too cold where you live, so a tree outside might now work, but houseplants are always a nice touch of greenery. 
  30. Make use of our Instagram stickers to let everyone on social media know you’re graduating!! Simply search: ‘AthaU20’ on Instagram and you’ll find them!
  31. Get your favourite beverage ready for celebratory cheers (whether your grad party is virtual or in person).
  32. Set up an amazing Watch Party for your convocation! Need help? We’re giving away four customized Watch Party packages! 
  33. Add a unique #AthaU20 wallpaper to your Facebook page!
  34. Add an #AthaU20 overlay to your Twitter page!
  35. Add a frame to your Facebook profile picture!
  36. Grab some personalized sweet treats, you deserve it! Grad cookies, AU coloured M&Ms, a cake just for you. 
  37. Create an at-home photo-booth to take memorable pictures. Be on the lookout for your Convocation Celebration box for lots of fun props!
  38. Make use of our Instagram filters to let everyone on social media know you’re graduating!!  
  39. Connect with a classmate who’s also graduating—make a plan to virtually get together and stay connected!
  40. With your courses complete, it’s time to put your textbooks aside! Pick up a book you want to read for fun, and get lost in it. Some amazing reads from our former Writers-In-Residence could be a great start!
  41. Book a gradation portrait session – or stage a DIY portrait session at home. Serious or cheesy, we want to see it!  
  42. Make (or order in) a special meal for Convocation!  
  43. Set up a safe and socially distanced #AthaU20 watch party to celebrate graduate’s moment.  Want to take it to the next level?
  44. Enter to win a Celebration package to take that socially distanced Watch Party to the next level! 
  45. Check out our ‘#AthaU20 Grads’ series, to read profiles on some of the Class of 2020!
  46. Get yourself some #AthaU20 merchandise from the AU store to celebrate the occasion! 
  47. Get yourself some merchandise from the AU store to celebrate the occasion!
  48. We know you JUST graduated but have you heard of our amazing professional development courses? There is even a free one to keep you on that path of lifelong learning.
  49. Adopt a new AU learner! Join the mentorship program AU Connect
  50. Now you are an alum, welcome to the OneAU family. Join our AU Alumni community.


  • August 13, 2020