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Posted 
Apr 18, 2020
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What’s a Rich Text element?

The rich text element allows you to create and format headings, paragraphs,

blockquotes, images, and video all in one place instead of having to add and

format them individually. Just double-click and easily create content.

Static and dynamic content editing

A rich text element can be used with static or dynamic content. For static content, just drop it into any page and begin editing. For dynamic content, add a rich text field to any collection and then connect a rich text element to that field in the settings panel. Voila!

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How to customize formatting for each rich text

Headings, paragraphs, blockquotes, figures, images, and figure captions can all be styled after a class is added to the rich text element using the "When inside of" nested selector system.

Headings, paragraphs, blockquotes, figures, images, and figure captions can all be styled after a class is added to the rich text element using the "When inside of" nested selector system.

Headings, paragraphs, blockquotes, figures, images, and figure captions can all be styled after a class is added to the rich text element using the "When inside of" nested selector system.

  • after a class is added to the rich text element using the "When inside of" nested selector system.
  • after a class is added to the rich text element using the "When inside of" nested selector system.

Headings, paragraphs, blockquotes, figures, images, and figure captions can all be styled after a class is added to the rich text element using the "When inside of" nested selector system.

Many graduation ceremonies have been cancelled for the class of 2020 across the country. The COVID-19 pandemic and social distancing have made it impossible for schools to host a traditional ceremony where families and friends of grads are welcome to attend and celebrate your big day. Although this may be disappointing, not to worry, you can still find ways to celebrate your accomplishment! It’s always good to focus on the positives in this uncertain time, and just because you can’t host the party of your dreams right now, doesn’t mean you don’t get to celebrate at all. 

We’ve put together a list of some inventive ideas that you and your family can try out at home, and keep everyone safe and sound while we ride this thing out. Remember, you worked long and hard for this degree, so take the opportunity to celebrate--no matter what!

Deck out your house in school colors and your favorite pictures!

It’s All in the Decorations

Turn your house into a celebration of you and your school

You did it class of 2020, you graduated, even amid unprecedented and difficult circumstances. Just because the COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way we interact doesn’t take away from your big accomplishment, so give yourself a pat on the back for a job well done! That being said, now that the hard part is over, it’s time to have some fun and celebrate. While you may have been dreaming of a big graduation bash when you started school, you’ll just have to put that on the backburner for now. Instead, think small and create a home-bound celebration instead. 

It seems like we can’t go outside our homes much these days, but we can still have a family party! Once you and your family agree on a day to have your party, start first with decorations. Really get into the spirit of things and decorate how you always imagined it! Almost everything is available online and can be shipped to your house with just a little planning beforehand. Get streamers and balloons in your school colors, and turn your living room into graduation central! Be sure to include favorite photos of you and your friends while at school too. If you know a local small business in your area that makes custom decor or floral centerpieces, make sure to give them a call and see what they can do. You’ll get some amazing decorations and get to support a small business as well! 

If you want to get really creative, have your folks stage an area where you can walk through and have your name called--it’ll feel like you’re really at a graduation--minus the thousands of people! Banners, table clothes, napkins, and cups with a graduation theme would also be a welcome addition. Once the “ceremony” is over, you can all head to the dining room for some delicious food and cake (bonus points if it’s from a local bakery!)

Host a Virtual E-Party

Get things rolling with a virtual chat with friends and family!

Nowadays since we can no longer get together in person, people are getting together online. Using software such as Zoom, Facetime, and Skype, we are still connecting to people, but from the safety of our homes. Just because you can’t have guests show up and celebrate doesn’t mean you can’t have an e-celebration with them on a Zoom call! Pick a couple of close friends and family and have a virtual party. This is the next best thing than being able to celebrate in person, and you’ll definitely be in for a good time. People really do want to offer you their congratulations and would be there to celebrate in person if they could. 

Use this time to discuss favorite memories of school, or thank them for their graduation gift to you. If you want to be a little extra, consider creating a setting behind you! This can consist of your graduation party decor, favorite school colors or mascot, or even just some of your favorite pictures. Show up in that graduation outfit you picked out months ago, and let your family and friends know that although these are different circumstances, you are proud of your accomplishment and want to take the time to celebrate it!

Make sure to take lots of photos for your graduation--you’ll want to always remember!

Stage a Graduation Photo Shoot

Create some memories that will last a lifetime!

If you’ve had your heart set on graduation photos to commemorate this special time, not to worry--you can make your own at home! This is the perfect time to get creative and stage all the backgrounds that you’ve always wanted. Now that we’re home more, you and your family will have lots of time to brainstorm the perfect ideas to include. Remember, there are no limits so have as many backdrops or props that you want!

Perhaps one backdrop can be traditional, for you to give to older relatives like grandma and grandpa. Wear your best outfit and take a picture outside if it’s a sunny day. Or take a picture in front of your e-graduation party decor and cake! You could also do something more lighthearted for your cousins or friends such as a scene from your favorite movie or book, complete with costumes and props! If you’re feeling up to it, you could also include a reference to what the class of 2020 is having to deal with as they graduate. Get your cap and gown on and make a sign to show your support of first responders and doctors, or let everyone know that you truly believe we will all get through this together--and be all the stronger for it!

Have fun with these pictures, you only get to graduate from college once! Make them as goofy or fun as you want. When the social distancing restrictions are eventually lifted, you can use these photos as invitations to your belated graduation party! Friends and family would love to see all the backgrounds you chose to use.

Create a Gift Wish List for Friends and Family

Friends and family want to make you feel special

Graduating from college is a big deal, and friends and family want to help you celebrate this accomplishment by showing you they care. Traditionally, guests bring gifts to graduation parties, which can range from money, gift cards, or even a new car. You’re starting another chapter of your life and gifts are definitely in order after all of your hard work. Create an online wish list of gifts that you can circulate--or have your parents--circulate to friends and family. Sometimes it’s hard to come up with ideas for gifts, so make it easy for them, and tell them exactly what you want! You might have a lot more free time now, so take some time and create a thoughtful list of meaningful items. You could choose to include practical items--such as gift cards, clothes, tech, or accessories--or ones that speak to your hobbies like books, an online class, or paint supplies. This day is really all about you, and your would-be graduation guests want to show their support with a gift you’ll love.

Have a Family-Only Party

Show them how to party like it's 2020!

Although you can’t have all your friends and family over for a bash just yet, you can celebrate your graduation with your immediate family. You can go the all-out way and decorate the house for a “ceremony” and party, or you could just have a fun, low-key get together in the kitchen over a meal, or in the living room with your favorite movie or game. If your favorite local restaurant is doing delivery or curbside pick up, have your parents order a meal in while you guys enjoy celebrating with each other.

Since this is your day, you make the call on activities too! Maybe you want to play a favorite board game or video game, and maybe you just want to catch up on some binge watching of your favorite show. Whatever your party style, it’s all about you, the real graduation party can wait a couple of months! 

In addition, you could have a Zoom chat with your besties from school and catch up with each other and see how they’re all planning to celebrate their graduation. With so much time at home now, you probably have time to party all three ways!

Plan a Future Grad Bash

Start your party planning now!

Just because you can’t have a huge party now, doesn’t mean you can’t start planning one for the future! Sit down and make a list of all the people you want to invite, what kind of food, and of course, the cake! You’ll need to get invites--and thank you cards--and decide how you want to decorate your home. If you don’t want to have your party at home, think of all the local venues in your area where you could plan a future party. Maybe it’s a park pavilion, a restaurant, or even a nearby resort. Whatever you have in mind, now is the time to plan. 

Once social restrictions are lifted, you’ll be all set to get the grad party of your dreams off the ground and running. Planning parties is always fun, and it’ll keep you excited until the time comes to celebrate in person with all your relatives and friends.

While this might not be the graduation party you’ve always dreamed about, it can still be fun! There are plenty of ways to celebrate your big accomplishment, even if they are a little unconventional! How are you celebrating graduation this year? Let us know in the comments!

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