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They may not be walking, but they still should be CELEBRATED!

Graduation Celebrations PhotoGraduation Celebrations Are Essential

Essential may not be a word commonly used for Graduation Celebrations. It is still an apt term to use for something we use to make a momentous achievement in a person’s life. Regardless of the level of education, the field of study or the current situation celebrating graduation is important. From kindergarten to college graduation, completing any level of school or training is a milestone for any of us. It is important to recognize the work, the care, and the time it took to achieve this accomplishment. Today there are many challenges in the world, but recognizing achievement is a bedrock of our society…or it should be.

How Do We Celebrate Graduations Safely Today?

In many respects, it is no different today than when our current situation began. Proper personal hygiene, limiting the size of gatherings and staying home when you don’t feel well have ALWAYS been important. Who remembers being told to “wash up before dinner”?  Mom knew that germs and nasty things were on your hands, and you were about to use those hands to feed yourself. Throughout the history of mankind, there have been periods of health emergencies, and we learn a little more from each one. We will do the same now, and life will go on. Hopefully, with some lessons learned. Graduation celebrations are no exception.

Celebrations Continue Regardless

Safety photoWe all know you can’t keep humans apart for long. It is natural to want interaction with other humans. That is how parties became a $5 billion dollar industry.

As we reopen our society and economy, people will NEED to be around people they love and care about. Regardless of risk. To help out as you begin to plan, here are a couple of suggestions for keeping your guests safe.

  1. Give out small hand sanitizer bottles as a party favor.
  2. Limit your guest list to family and close friends. Your invitation can even include a line about not attending if you feel ill.
  3. Pick a clean, private location for your graduation celebration. Better to celebrate where only your guests will be around.
  4. Have a touchless thermometer available upon entry.

You can also take other precautions like requesting masks to be worn or limiting the duration of your function. If you address the limitations and risks ahead of time, you can limit them. If you start out reminding people of proper health precautions, you can be sure most will happily pitch in.


The Beacon Center has hosted our share of Graduation Celebrations. We can help you navigate the waters and hold a safe, fun event honoring your graduate. Our facility has been upgraded with touch-free faucets and soap dispensers in our men’s and women’s restrooms, along with an updated cleaning regimen with the proper disinfectants. We even have a bonus room where food can be served from the door to your guests vs buffet style. Add in freshly cleaned chair covers & table linens to complete the scene. Are you ready to party again? If you are, simply visit our website and take a virtual tour. If you like what you see, we can arrange a contact-free personal tour. Please extend our congrats to the graduate and we look forward to meeting you.

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Becky Stonebarger

The Beacon Center is the collaborative effort of Husband and Wife team, Gil & Becky Stonebarger. Becky is the mastermind and driving force behind the Center, with Gil supporting her every step of the way. With over 50 yrs of combined experience in Hospitality, Becky & Gil finally realized their dream of an affordable, inspiring space for Businesses and Individuals alike to meet, train or just party. Becky has owned several businesses through the years and is very proud of her degree in Casino Management and is currently working on her Event Planning degree as well. Gil is a US Navy Veteran who has managed hospitality operations across the country for over 30 yrs. They have been happily married for over 30 yrs, have two daughters and two grandchildren.

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