Graduation is a BIG celebration of new skills, new friendships, and new opportunities for behavior change. We encourage you to have special tablecloths, decorations [minimal], and anything else that will make participants feel special. Take lots of photographs! Encourage parents and friends to attend as we celebrate a new beginning.
At the beginning of class, have participants complete the post-survey, either electronically or by filling out the remainder of their paper surveys. Note that if you are using paper, make sure to use pens with blue or black ink (no pencils). Remember to bring extra surveys in case a participant was unable to attend the first class.
Graduation is a time of celebration and the recipes made should reflect that. This is the perfect time to emphasize that it’s okay to have a treat every once in a while. Trail mix, hummus, smoothies, fizzy drinks, etc. make good recipes for this celebration.
To help graduation run smoothly, certificates can be filled out prior to class. This can be done by looking at the participant attendance sheet to determine which participants will be graduating. If uncertain about whether or not a participant is graduating, bring blank diplomas and a permanent marker and fill out the graduation certificate upon arrival at the class.
An individual is considered a participant if they have attended two or more classes and a graduate if they have attended four or more classes. Any participant can receive a copy of their Cooking Matters book to take home, but an individual must fit graduate requirements in order to receive a graduation certificate and graduation incentives.
Incentives, which should be collected prior to graduation, vary by course type:
TEENS: Cutting Board
ADULTS: Cutting Board, Reusable Grocery Bag
FAMILIES: Cutting Board, Reusable Grocery Bag
PARENTS: Cutting Board, Reusable Grocery Bag
CHILD CARE PROFESSIONALS: Cutting Board, Reusable Grocery Bag
INSTRUCTORS: Reusable Grocery Bag (First Time Volunteers)
Graduation should be fun. This is a celebratory time and for some participants, it’s a big deal to be graduating from something. Call participants up to receive their certificates and incentives and encourage everyone to applaud for one another. Allow participants, volunteers, and site staff to share a few words if they would like to.