People often say that a young person’s graduation is when they finally find out who they are. Whether or not that’s true, you certainly know who your graduate is (even if they don’t yet). To help you articulate exactly what makes them so special, we’ve pulled together some sample questions, a couple of our favorite Graduation song examples, and a few story submissions we’ve received in the past to give you an idea of what others submit.
Some Helpful Questions
• What are your favorite memories of them?
• Do you have any inside jokes or funny stories?
• What do they mean to you?
• How proud of you of their accomplishments?
• What will you miss about them if they are moving away?
• Any praise or advice you'd like to know?
“Happy Jackie” by Leo Bautista
Genre: Acoustic Pop
“We're In This Together” by Dana McKeon
Genre: Acoustic Pop
"New Beginning" by Will Duval
Story Submission Examples
I want to give MY DAUGHTER a song for HER GRADUATION that will make HER KNOW HOW PROUD I AM OF HER ACCOMPLISHMENTS.
Mood: Happy, Reflective
Kelsey is my 17 year old daughter
She will be going to Miami and is planning to become a lawyer
She is beautiful, intelligent, organized, good at time management, driven, motivated, adventurous, musically talented, interested in reading, princesses, super heros, loves animals including fish, chickens, dogs. She is crafty and a bit of a animal whisperer. She likes gardening, fruit, Zumba, singing, playing cello
She was so afraid of spiders that she wouldn't ride in my car for a week after seeing a very small spider in the car
She learned to walk at Wal-Mart
Favorite memories are taking her to nine different zoo's in her first year - some of her first words were "it's a bobcat" when looking at a lynx at the zoo
Our trip to Wisconsin Dells was also memorable, she went zip lining hanging upside down and we went to Deer Park and the deer followed her around, she is like modern day Snow White
I told her that I will be sending her "care packages" every month so that she has a piece of home with her at school.
I want to give MY SON a song for HIM MOVING AWAY TO SCHOOL that will make HIM TO HAVE A PIECE OF HOME WHEN HE'S AWAY.
Genre: Indie Pop
Mood: Happy, Reflective
Stephen was always a rambunctious kid who was surprisingly good at sports for his size (he inherited his mother’s short and squat German genes). He played baseball, football, hockey – anything where he was allowed to hit someone or something as hard as he could. He absolutely loved it.
My exwife (Karen) was a West Coast girl and I was born and raised on Long Island, so we compromised on raising Stephen and our daughters, Cori and Jordyn, in the Chicago suburbs. Turned out that Midwest suburbs made Karen and I hate each other, but the kids seemed made for it out here, so we both stayed in the area after we separated for their sake.
Stephen has always been ridiculously protective over Cori and Jordyn, his little sisters. They tease him a lot, but they look up to him so much, and I think that’s what’s kept us all together after Karen and I split up.
The kids come to my place on the weekends, but ever since Stephen turned 16, he’s driven to my house on the other side of town once or twice a week to do dinner with me after I get off work. I don’t know if I ever told him how much I appreciated that when he started doing it, but I definitely notice those weeks when he’s too busy, and I know I’m going to miss it when he’s gone.
Stephen’s been a pretty good student, and has really gotten better with his grades in his junior and senior years at high school. I think it’s a part of him maturing, finding what he likes in the classes he’s taking. He’s a hell of a lot more mature at 17 than I was at that age.
I can tell he’s a bit nervous about what’s to come for school. He’s never NOT had a duty to do, whether it’s help out his mom keeping their place up and going, protect his sisters (even when they don’t really need it), so I’m really excited for him to take this time to learn about himself.
I want him to know it’s okay to let your guard down, to learn new things, and that you can’t make everyone like you. He went through some rough breakups with girls and got into fights with close friends, so I hope he just accepts those as facts of life rather than getting too fired up after every disappointment. He’s learned to fail, but I’m excited for college to teach him that more.
His mother and sisters are thinking about moving back to the West Coast after he goes off to college – he’s going to go to a private school in Minnesota for hockey. He and I joked about me moving up there with him, and I might just surprise him, but either way I want him to know that, for me, home will always be where he is.
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