It’s time to congratulate your grad! Create a video to celebrate and look back on all they've accomplished–from preschool, to middle school and high school, all the way through college.
Whether your graduation celebration will be in-person or online, recognize all that your grad has accomplished with video. We’re here to help you create your own graduation video in a matter of minutes.
Read on to find out how to make a video to celebrate their achievements, or if you’re ready to start creating right away, get started with our Graduation Message 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:
Put them all together and you’ve got a heartfelt, nostalgic video your graduate can treasure for years to come. Check out this example of a graduation video, then make your own in minutes with an easy-to-use template.
When you add text to your video, imagine you’re telling a story. Talk about your grad’s journey towards their degree from the beginning of their schooling to where they’re headed in the future, reminding them of all they’ve accomplished along the way.
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, including the ones in the video below.
Won’t be with your grad on commencement day? Send them a video celebration from anywhere in the world, here are a few ideas to kickstart your creativity:
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 got all of your content together, upload it into Animoto. Then drag and drop the photo or video clip you want right into your video. If you’re using one of our graduation templates, you can also customize the text for your grad.
In the spirit of 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 editing your video, here are a few ways you can share it with friends, family, and classmates.
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. Use the ratio tool to turn any template into a vertical video, or create your video using the Animoto iOS app.
If you’re celebrating with family all over the world, 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.
Celebrating with the whole fam? It’s easy to set up a computer, TV, or projector to 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 a student, an educator, or a parent, check out our graduation video page for even more inspiration. Then get started by creating your own video slideshow to help your grad relive their journey to graduation day.