Graduation 2019

Why a nursery graduation ceremony is a valuable experience for children

Nursery graduation ceremonies are growing in popularity in the UK. That’s right, three and four year olds graduating from pre-school is now viewed as a normal thing.

We must say, children do look cute dressed up in mini graduation gowns and mini mortarboards and it definitely makes for some really special photographs. Nursery graduations create lovely memories for parents and grandparents and they are a great way of marking children’s transition from nursery school to junior school.


‘The nursery graduation ceremony is great for children’s confidence’

Many parents worry that a nursery graduation ceremony might be daunting for their children, aged just three or four. Children might be a little bit apprehensive, as they would be before a Christmas play or before starting a new school. But these new experiences are great for kids’ confidence and personal development.


Our nursery graduation ceremony includes a small presentation, followed by the children collecting their certificates. There is also a little party for children afterwards in their classroom. The day is intended to be both fun and memorable for children and their families. If it’s talked about as more of a party and celebration, children are less likely to become nervous about it.


Dressing up in different clothes, listening to their nursery teachers praising them, and collecting their ‘diploma’ in front of their family is a rewarding experience for children which can really help improve their self-confidence. You can frame their nursery graduation photographs and their certificates to create long-lasting memories.


‘Nursery graduation ceremonies teach children about completing different milestones in life’

Celebrating children’s achievements at nursery is excellent for their self-esteem but it also teaches them about transitions and completing different milestones in life. Leaving nursery and moving into reception is a significant milestone in a child’s life.

Nursery graduation ceremonies teach children about change as they move onto a new chapter of their life. It also teaches them that change can be a positive experience, which is really important.

Children change, grow and develop so much during these early years, so the ceremonies are a great way of celebrating this. A nursery graduation marks an important transition period in their lives. It’s a chance to reflect on their wonderful journey so far!


‘A nursery graduation ceremony gives children the mind-set that they could graduate again in the future’

Although opportunities to graduate for real from university may seem a long way off, a nursery graduation does sow the seed in the child’s mind, and indeed in the parents’ minds. Nursery graduations may happen when children are still very young but they do help to raise children’s aspirations.

In fact, the mortarboard is a global symbol of aspiration and achievement. So dressing up is a big part of the event. A nursery graduation ceremony represents the first milestone in a child’s educational journey, so celebrating it helps them to learn how important their education is.

It may not seem like they have achieved anything academically at such a young age, but actually nursery school helps them to develop many skills which will help them during the next stage of their education. Praising them for these achievements will encourage them to do their best throughout their educational journey.


Our graduation took place towards the end of July. We worked really hard with our teachers to learn the songs by heart in order to sing to our parents on the day. We really enjoyed our graduation and hope that you did too!

We look forward to our graduation next July!