College Graduation Party Themes

by Kyra Sheahan
Throw a graduation party after your commencement.

Throw a graduation party after your commencement.

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At last, you've made it through finals week and are on the heels of your college graduation. While you may have thought this day could not come soon enough, it is now time to think about ways to celebrate your official commencement. Hosting a college graduation party is an exciting way to share your accomplishments with peers, family, friends and significant others. Add a theme to your graduation party to make it a unique and festive occasion.

Pool Party

Since most graduations take place in early summer, a pool party is an effective way to keep things cool at your graduation party. Find an available pool, such as your apartment complex's pool or the pool at your parents' house, if you do not have one in your backyard and set up appropriately for the festivities. Decorate with tiki torches, fill the pool with over-sized beach balls and inner tubes, play tropical music, serve refreshing beverages and have plenty of ice cream, ice pops and snack foods on hand. You can serve a pineapple upside down cake with a "Happy Graduation" note written on the top and even get the grill working so you can fire up hotdogs and burgers. Play pool games or just kick back and have a good time.

Casino Party

Now that you are an official college graduate, you might be feeling pretty lucky. You can complement this sensation by hosting a casino-themed graduation party. Require your guests to dress up -- guys in tuxedos and girls in cocktail dresses or long evening gowns -- and set up your party space with tables for card games, food and beverages. If your venue space and budget permits, consider hiring a live band to play quintessential Las Vegas music, such as Frank Sinatra, Neil Diamond and Elvis, or get a DJ to play these tunes. Set up a space for a dance floor, along with lounge seating where guests can mosey and listen to music. For this type of party, full entrees may not be necessary but rather you can offer appetizers and snack foods.

Time Capsule Party

Graduating college is a memorable time in your life, so it is appropriate to give your graduation party a theme around memories and time. Request your guests to bring a small memorable object that they kept from college. It could be that guests bring the ticket to the first college football game they attended, the map of the college campus or their student library card. Together, make a time capsule by filling the capsule with the objects. As each person places their object into the capsule, the individual must state the significant of the object and the memory it brings back. Then, the capsule gets sealed and buried. Finish your graduation party with other activities around memories, such as a scrapbooking project or a game where people talk about their favorite and worst memories of college.

Costume Party

Now that you are college graduates, you are probably getting a lot of questions about what you want to do for a career. In light of this infamous inquiry, throw a costume-themed party where your fellow college graduates must dress up in the costume of what they want to be when they grow up. For instance, someone who is going on to medical school might wear a doctor's coat and stethoscope, whereas someone who wants to go into business might wear a formal suit. Encourage guests to get creative. One idea is for the person who wants to go into business to tape blank business cards all over the suit as a joke, while someone else might have a resume taped on his back.

Spirit Party

A spirit-themed party is an effective way to show your loyalty and pride to your university or college. Decorate for a spirit party by using your school colors to create banners or put up balloons, hang school jerseys on the walls and come up with special snack and drink names that are named after college athletes. You can also play trivia games to see who out of your guests is the most knowledgeable when it comes to college sports.

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