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Planning the ceremony

Graduation should feel like a momentous event. Use this guide to create a special online graduation event for this pivotal moment in your students' lives, that celebrates their achievements and unites friends, families, and their communities. For more detailed information on bringing your school commencement online, check out this resource guide.

Step 1 - Create your event

Search for the official Facebook Page for your school.

If your school doesn’t have a Facebook Page, you can create one, or click “Event” under the “Create” tab on your Facebook profile.

Go to the Events bookmark on the page, and create an event

You can ask one of your school leaders to create a public event for anyone to see and search for it. You can also create a private event that is only visible to invited guests. Select “Guests can invite friends” to allow students to extend the invite.

Create a title and cover photo

Give the event a specific name like “Central University Class of 2020 Virtual Graduation Ceremony”.

Tip: Choose elements that are unique to your graduating class to make it stand out and feel personal.

Get started

Step 2 - Provide details

Select the “Online Event” box next to “Event Type”.

Be sure to mention your event is a Live Video in the details.

Set your timezone

This will ensure the event and event reminders show up at the right times.

Fill in the description box

Include all relevant details, and get some excitement going by mentioning any speakers, highlights, or other surprises that students can look forward to.

Live Stream an event

Step 3 - Start inviting

Send out invites

Share the event with students and community members to ensure they save the date and time. Be sure to include the URL.

Share the live video URL

Anyone with the URL will be able to join the event, so even those without a Facebook account can view through a desktop or mobile browser (check out the next section for more information on embedding a Facebook Live Video to a website).


Here is some more information on setting up and planning a live broadcast on Facebook.

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