Krispy Kreme, Chipotle and More Honor 2020 Graduates With Food Freebies

Updated: Sep 11, 2020

KRISPY KREME wants to give graduates a reason to celebrate since they won’t get a traditional graduation ceremony due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Since many graduates won’t get to walk the stage, Krispy Kreme is offering up something sweet for both high school and college seniors: On May 19, seniors can get a 2020 “Graduate Dozen” free by wearing their cap and gown, or other Class of 2020 swag to prove their senior status, to a participating shop. Any of the items, below, will do:

  • Cap and gown with 2020 tassel

  • Class of 2020 apparel (t-shirt, sweatshirt, etc.)

  • 2020 letterman jacket featuring senior status

  • 2020 class ring

  • Graduation announcement featuring name with matching ID

  • Student photo ID featuring senior status

  • Other Class of 2020 senior swag

Krispy Kreme says the high school or college senior must be physically present to redeem the free doughnuts on May 19. Also, participating locations may require ID. This offer is not valid for online ordering.

The “2020 Graduate Dozen,” which spells out “2020” in three rows of deliciousness, will also be available for purchase from May 18 to May 24.

The doughnuts include an assortment from these classic varieties: Chocolate Iced Kreme Filled, Strawberry Iced Kreme Filled, Cake Batter Filled, Chocolate Iced with Sprinkles, Strawberry Iced with Sprinkles, and Yellow Iced Original Glazed Doughnuts.


The first 5,000 customers who purchase a graduation-themed gift card from the burrito chain between May 21 and June 30 will receive a coupon code for a free entree (with the purchase of any entree). In addition, the chain is holding a contest on Instagram where students may enter to win a $25,000 scholarship.


Graduates may not be able to receive big bouquets from all of their relatives in person, but Edible Arrangements is giving away free Celebration Dipped Fruit Delights to 2,020 graduates this year. All they have to do is post a video on social media using the hashtag #EdibleMoments with their name and explain how they're planning to celebrate graduating. For non grads, the fruit bouquet site is offering 20% off all graduation-themed gifts purchased between May 14 and June 5.


Here’s something to “taco” about: This fast-food chain is giving away two free tacos in honor of the class of 2020. Score the deal with any purchase made through Jack in the Box's mobile app from May 20 through May 26.


This upscale steak chain that got some major backlash after receiving $20 million through the Paycheck Protection Program (the company has since given the money back) is celebrating graduates with a hearty freebie: steak! From now through June 28, any grad is eligible to receive a complimentary Ruth’s filet (the restaurant's 11-ounce filet mignon) with the purchase of any two entrées. This offer is available at participating restaurant locations and customers may be asked to show proof that they are graduating this year.

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