How To Write Graduation Announcements: 30 Wording Ideas

IDEAS INSPIRATION 30 Graduation Announcement wording and Messages for High School and College Graduation

Graduations are significant milestones for young people completing high school or college, and the current crop of graduates earned their diplomas in the midst of a multitude of pandemic pressures. Determination. Resilience. Courage. So much to celebrate! And it starts with an announcement.

  • This is a great opportunity for a photo op. Who doesn’t want to see the graduate? Photo upload announcements offer options from cameos to full backgrounds.
  • What’s your grad’s signature style? Classic, fun, trending… An A+ announcement matches your student’s personal vibe.
  • We all understand that commencement seating is limited, so an announcement without an invitation to the graduation won’t ruffle any feathers. Do include the link to the livestream, if that’s an option, and make sure party or open house invites go to your entire announcement list.

Graduation season is exciting for all involved, and a custom announcement is the perfect messenger to spread the news. Get ready for an epidemic of proud smiles and popping buttons!

Congratulations, Graduate!  

Graduation announcements can be simple, clever, profound – whatever suits your graduate. Browse our sample messages, then copy or tweak your favorite. Or maybe one will activate your inner wordsmith.

  • Class of 1980
    Allison Jones
    Richmond High School
    June 11, 1980
    Graduating with Honors
red burgundy Graduation Announcement card
Graduating with Honors – Graduation Announcement
    to our graduate
    Rachel Newton
    Bachelor of Arts
    Florida State University
    Class of 1993
  • Congrats Grad!
    Amelia Thompson
    Class of 1922
    Stevensville High School | May 10, 1922
    Sarah will be attending Michigan State University
    in the fall with a concentration in Pharmacy.
  • GRAD
    Abigail May Johnson
    Congrats Class of 1975
    James Madison High School
    Magna Cum Laude
    Captain of the Debate Team
    Class of 1965
    Hailey Jane Williams
    James Madison High School
    Join us for a party – Saturday, June 4th – 2 pm
    1234 Magnolia Lane, New Haven – RSVP 987.654.3210
Gold and pink  Graduation Announcement card and envelope
Minimalist Cream – Graduation Announcement
    Kelly Ann Wilson
    will graduate with honors from
    Carnegie High School
    May 20, 1996
    Kelly plans to study business
    at Harvard University.
  • Class of 2000
    William Aaron St. James
    turned the tassel
    May 20, 2000
    Will plans to study biology at Stanford University.
  • Smarty pants.
    Abigail Maria Garcia
    Penn State Grad 2000 | Engineering
Gold and cream Graduation Announcement card and envelope
Smarty Pants – Graduation Announcement
  • hooray!
    Congrats to our graduate!
    Laura Jackson
    Bachelor of Arts – Florida State University
    Class of 1999
  • We are proud to announce the
    graduation of our son on
    May 6, 1981
    Terrance Alan Brooks
    Nantucket University
    Terrance will pursue graduate 
    studies in engineering at MIT.
  • Zoomed through that! 
    Maddy Reynolds is graduating!
    May 28, 1920
    North Park High School
green and white  Graduation Announcement card and envelope
Tassel Turned – Graduation Announcement
  • Join us as we congratulate
    Jordan Lee Whitake
    upon receiving the
    Bachelor of Science Degree
    in Applied Computing
    from Arizona State University.
    Class of 2001
    Text congrats to 987.654.3210
  • WooHoo!
    Brian Schmidt graduated!
    May 21, 1974
    Next step? Auburn University
  • We’re proud to applaud the courage
    and perseverance of our daughter
    Natalie Maria Garza
    as she completed virtual, in-person,
    and eLearning classes to graduate 
    with the Northview High School
    Class of 1950
  • College Grad!
    Gregory Allen Roberts
    B.A. in Political Science
    Baldwin Wallace University
    Text congrats to 987.654.3210
greenery  wreath Graduation Announcement card and envelope
Winter Wreath – Graduation Announcement
  • Congrats, Josh!
    Joshua Michael Davis
    Wilson Academy Honors Graduate
    Class of 1997
    Full scholarship to the College of Engineering 
    at Purdue University
  • Diploma Dance!
    Chris Zeller
    Class of 1975
    Lincoln High School
    Look out Penn State!
Confetti Gold and pink  Graduation Announcement card and envelope
Milestone Moment – Graduation Party Invitation
  • So proud of 
    Lauren Renee Ketola
    as she turns the tassel!
    Class of 1980 Honors Graduate
    Riverside High School
    Lauren plans to study graphic arts
    at Pratt institute.
  • Off with the hats! 
    Schyler Alexander Evans
    2022 Grad | Monroe H.S.
  • Respect.
    Success under pressure.
    Oliver James Knorr
    Class of 1983
    Liberty High School
    Ollie plans to major in pre-law at Florida State University.
Green Graduation Announcement card and envelope, custom photo graduation card
Saint etienne – Graduation Announcement
    Jillian Abigail McCurdy
    adapted to virtually every kind 
    of learning environment to earn
    her honors diploma from
    Jefferson High School.
    Jill plans to study biochemistry
    at Vanderbilt University.
  • Strong. Determined. Resilient.
    Connor Joseph Varner
    as you turn the tassel!
    June 4, 2001
    Scholarship to MIT
  • Yep, that’s a cap and gown!
    Richard William Jackson
    aced his finals to earn his
    Bachelor of Science
    in Computer Engineering
    from Virginia Tech.
    Congrats, Rich!
    Stacy Jo Dillon
    B.S. in Early Childhood Education
    Oklahoma State University
    Saturday, May 7, 1998
    Livestream begins at 6pm
    Text Congrats: 987.654.3210
  • Flat Hat Congrats!
    Lookin’ good
    Tiana Alexis Simmons
    with that diploma in your hand!
    Walker High School
    Class of 1922
    so proud of
    Evelyn Grace Farris
    Class of 1984
    Dylan High School
    Accepted to Rutgers University
Green and pink glitter Graduation Announcement card and envelope with photo
Watercolor and Gold – Graduation Announcement
    Grayson Robert Harris
    B.S. in Biology
    Western Kentucky University
    May 5, 1994
    Add your congrats@987.654.3210
    Way to go!
    Monica Anne Bell
    Master of Science in Nursing
    Emory University, 1950
  • 1960 GRADUATE
    Paul Michael Painter
    Rossville High School
    Future Jayhawk@University of Kansas
    Samuel Logan Bramwell
    Class of 1990
    Westside High School
    National Merit Scholar
    Entering Yale University in the fall