Students envision their personal journey from present day to graduation day.


  1. Cognitive: Students will be able to construct a vision of graduation day, offering details about reflecting on their high school years during the graduation walk.
  2. Affective: Students will feel inspired by their visions of future success.


Journals, writing utensils, script (below)

Teacher Prep

Prepare stations for students to work at.


Time Activity Notes
10 min Ask students to close their eyes if they are comfortable and then to picture their graduation day.

  • How will it feel walking across the stage on that day?
  • When they are standing there in their caps and gowns and reflecting on the years that have passed, what will they see?
  • What will they have accomplished? How will they have changed?
  • Talk through sensory experience about what happens over the course of the years building up to how it will feel on graduation day, walking across the stage.

Ask students to write about or draw what comes to mind.

Remind students there is no wrong way to do this exercise.

Encourage students to use as many sensory details as possible (sight, touch, smell, sound)

Example Prompts

  • What emotions will you feel when you receive your diploma?
  • What will your diploma feel like in your hands?
  • What kinds of thoughts might be running through your head?
  • What will you see from the stage? What sounds will you hear?
  • Who is in the audience? Describe.
10 min Wrap up the activity by highlighting how imagining yourself graduate can help you stay motivated throughout the year.

What is your next step? What do you need to do tomorrow? Who are the people will help you get there? Ask students to journal, create a collage, or discuss in small groups.

10 min Offer time for students to gather thoughts. Ask students to share observation (in pairs, small group, whole group). Highlight self-awareness and daily experiences that will lead up to graduation day.

Teacher Reflection

How did you feel after the activity? Did students participate and seem engaged? Remember to ask the students to share their feedback about the activity: What went well?

What suggestions would make the activity better? Think about what you might do differently next time.

Emotional Intelligence Tips

  • Offer students examples of sensory details (the diploma will feel light in my hands, graduation robes will sway as I walk across the stage, the tassel will swing past my eye, etc)
  • Encourage students to be patient, respectful, open, and reserve judgment
  • Approach with curiosity