Like a majority of development directors at small independent schools, I wear many hats. In addition to the annual fund and major gifts solicitations, I manage alumni relations and marketing initiatives, partnering with our director of admission on the institutional advancement team at Learning Prep School (MA), which provides individualized learning opportunities to students with complex language-based learning profiles.
Given the dramatic shift in how we gather, celebrate, and commemorate (coupled with rising expectations...), it’s hard to imagine going back to just purely in-person events, especially your school’s 2021 graduation.
Last year, most spring school events were held entirely online. This spring as gathering restrictions loosen, there will be both virtual and hybrid celebrations (each with its own challenges) as we head into graduation season.
Zoom fatigue (it's a real thing) will be a huge consideration, as well as involving your community and your graduates in the planning process and celebration. The goal for your 2021 graduation should be to make a meaningful and memorable event while ensuring all audiences are connected and engaged.