These days, graduation parties and milestones may be celebrated a little differently than pre-pandemic days. But that doesn’t mean you can’t recognize all they’ve accomplished with video, and bring people together from across the country. You can create your own graduation video in a matter of minutes, and we’re here to help.
Read on to find out how to make a video to celebrate an momentous achievement. Or if you’re ready to go right now, click on the link to be taken to the graduation template shown below.
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Before you put together your video or slideshow, take some time to collect all the photos and video clips you’ll need to tell your grad’s story. You can reach out to friends and relatives, search through social media, or hunt down old photo albums to find them all. To help your search, here’s a list of a few types of photos or video clips you might want to include:
When you add text to your video, think of it as telling a story. Talk about your grad’s journey towards their degree from the beginning through the present, and remind them of all they’ve accomplished. If you’re unsure of what to write, just speak from the heart—literally. Try talking out what you want to say and write down what you come up with.
When in doubt, visit our post on graduation quotes. We’ve got famous, funny, and heartfelt sayings to help you find the right words to say, including the ones below.
If you want to send your grad a video celebration while you're far away, here are a few suggestions you can try:
Starting with a template takes a lot of the work out of making a video. We recommend our Graduation Message and Graduation Memories templates for graduations, but you can pick and customize any template that you like.
Check out your social media accounts to find photos from your grad’s school years. If you can, add a few short video clips to add extra movement and energy to your graduation slideshow. Record a couple quick interviews with friends and family to elevate your video.
When you’ve gotten all your material together, upload them into Animoto. Then drag the photo or video clip you want into your video. If you’re using one of our graduation templates, you can also change the text to fit your grad. Check out the section on what to say in your video up above for ideas.
Since it’s graduation, show your school pride one last time! Choose your graduate’s school colors to accent your video. If those don’t work for you, just pick out your grad’s favorite colors to customize the video just for them.
Music can help amplify the mood you’re trying to create in your video. If you’re making a graduation video for your child, try a sweet instrumental track. Celebrating your own ceremony? Try a high-energy track to match the excitement of Graduation Day.
Animoto has a library of commercially licensed songs you can use in any of your videos. We’ve got a few favorites, shown below, but you can use our music filters to find one that fits your grad. You can also upload your own licensed music into your video if you have a favorite song you really want to use.
After you’ve finished your video, here are a few ways you can share it.
Let friends and family who can’t be there get in on the excitement of graduation day by sharing your video on social media. Just click on the share icon from any finished video project, and then select the social network(s) you’d like to share to!
Alternatively, you can always download your video and then upload it directly to the desired social destination.
Celebrate school memories and achievements with a vertical video you can share as a Facebook or Instagram Story. Create the video using the Animoto’s Social Video Editor app for iOS devices or try Animoto 3, which lets you create vertical videos designed for Stories. Drop graduation photos and footage into video templates, customize, and share to Instagram.
If you’re social distancing, you can share your video through a Zoom meeting or Google Hangout. Both tools let you share your screen, so you can arrange a virtual party for your grad and show your graduation slideshow then. Watch a graduation slideshow at a party
What if social distancing has been eased in your area? It’s easy to set up a TV or projector so you can share a video at a graduation party. We cover how to set up your graduation video for an audience in this blog post.
Whether you’re an educator or a parent check out our graduation video page for even more inspiration. Then get started creating your own video slideshow to help your grad relive their journey to graduation day.