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Popular Graduation Invitation and Announcement Wording Ideas

Sleek yet simple is the most popular choice for graduation announcements. The most common graduation announcement wording is simply 'Class of 2014' with all the details about the event and the high school graduate.

You can add a personal touch to your graduation announcements with ease by selecting your favorite quote to place towards the bottom of the card. The best placement for the quote on a single sheet announcement is under the event details or on the front of the card if it's a folded announcement.

When choosing graduation announcement quotes you have a few routes you can take. Selecting a favorite quote from your childhood that inspired you throughout high school is a great way to make your announcement personal. If you would rather find a quote that expresses how you feel about the future then going with a famous quote may be a more suited choice.

Graduation announcements are the perfect opportunity to celebrate your great educational achievement. Your friends and family will be thrilled to participate in this milestone, and you'll find that quality announcements are more than just correspondence; they become keepsakes. Graduation announcements are an important beginning to a long tradition of personal correspondence. Save the dates, bridal shower invitations, moving notifications and even birth announcements maintain the tradition of marking your personal milestones with stylish announcements. Not to be confused with graduation party invitations, graduation announcements present a unique opportunity to celebrate and publicize this significant accomplishment.

When you've decided on sending personalized graduation announcements and worked on developing your mailing list, it's time to decide what to include on your custom announcements. There are several details customarily included on graduation announcements, although outside of the basics, it's entirely up to you. Read on for plenty of graduation announcement wording ideas and ensure your announcements are the best they can be!

What to Include on Graduation Announcements

The most important details to include on your graduation announcements are your full name, the name of your high school or college, and the year of your graduation. Even if you're sending your announcements only to very close friends and family, these details are essential. Graduation announcements don't have to be formal, but you should adhere to conventionality and avoid nicknames and omitting important information. Just because a recipient knows these details now doesn't mean they will forever! See the list below for a list of what to include on graduation announcements.

  1. Your full name.
  2. The name of your high school/college/university
  3. Graduation year (i.e. "Class of 2015")
  4. Optional: the college you're attending, degree or job prospect information, your parents'
  5. Optional: the college you're attending, degree or job prospect information, your parents' names, a thank you to friends and family, a meaningful quote, your grad party information.

It is optional to include information about the college or university you'll be attending on your high school graduation announcements, as well as any career or job details on your college grad announcements. You may also choose to include your parents' names or a shout-out to a special supporter, although that's by no means necessary. A significant quote or a meaningful thank you are also optional inclusions. Finally, you may choose to mention a little something about your graduation party. As there probably won't be a lot of room leftover on your announcement, a simple "please join us for a celebration on May 17th at 5pm" at the bottom or on the back of your announcement could be a great way to get the ball rolling for your graduation festivities.

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What to Include on Graduation Invitations

Depending on whether you’re inviting guests to attend the actual ceremony or the celebration afterwards, there are a few crucial details to include on graduation invitations. Similar to announcements, it’s essential to include your full name, the name of your high school and college, and your graduation year. Your invite will most likely not be the only graduation correspondence your loved ones receive, so it’s important to be as clear as possible. Additionally, it’s vital to include the time, date, and location of your ceremony or grad party, as well as clear instructions for RSVP’s. If you prefer, it’s important to designate “no gifts please” on your graduation invitations. Gift giving is a time honored graduation tradition, so make your wishes clear if you’re choosing not to participate. Find the full list of what to include on graduation invitations below!

  1. Full name
  2. Name of high school/college/university
  3. Graduation year
  4. Time, date, location of ceremony or grad party
  5. RSVP date and instructions
  6. No gifts clarification (if applicable)

High School Graduation Announcement Examples

If you’re searching for the perfect high school graduation announcement wording, look no further! See below for several examples suitable for every high school graduate.

Class of 2015
Announcing the graduation of
Ashley Madison Tyler
Westview High School
May 24th, 2015
Ashley will be attending Gonzaga University in the fall
Majoring in Bioengineering

2015 Graduate!
David Anderson is graduating from Hoover High School
June 10th 2015
Captain of the debate team and bassist in the Hoover Jazz Band

Eli Gunn
Grand Harbor High School / May 23rd, 2015
Eli will attend the University of Ohio in the Fall
He would like to thank his parents for their love and support/

Class of 2015
We are thrilled to announce the graduation of
Laura Nguyen
St. Francis High School
May 20th, 2015
Laura will be taking a gap year and attending the University of Washington
In the fall of 2016 to pursue a degree in Political Science


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College Graduation Announcement Examples

An important distinction between high school and college graduation announcements is the necessary inclusion of the degree earned. Be sure to include your major, degree, and any additional accolades!

2015 Grad
Ana Gonzales
Graduated from New York University
On May second, two thousand and fifteen
With a Bachelor of Arts in Drama

Mark Fisher is graduating!
Class of 2015
San Francisco State University
B.S. in Chemistry
Magna cum Laude

Maria Simpson
Graduated from University of Colorado at Boulder
On May 7th, 2015
With a Bachelors in English Literature

Justin Waters
University of Miami
05.02.15
Masters of Education
Justin will be teaching 6th Grade Algebra in Miami Unified School District next year


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Graduation Invitation Wording Examples

Not to be confused with graduation announcements, grad party invites should include the date, time, location, and RSVP information for your graduation celebrations. Read on for plenty of grad party invitation wording examples!

Class of 2015 graduation celebration
Honoring new grad
Becca Davidson
Saturday June 6th 2015 at 5pm
Firefly Bistro in South Pasadena
Please RSVP to Diane at dianedavidson@email.com

Please join us for a graduation party honoring
Manuel Sanchez
May 22nd, 2015 at 3pm at the Sanchez residence
445 Montview Avenue
Please RSVP to Manuel by May 20th 415.555.2365
Help us celebrate our 2015 graduate!
You’re invited to a party honoring
Sarah Huntington’s graduation
Saturday June fifteenth at three o’clock in the afternoon
The San Jose Municipal Rose Garden
Please RSVP to 408.915.7789 by June 1st

Class of 2015
Please join us for a graduation open house in honor of
Jason Harper Benedict
Saturday May 2nd at 6pm
2204 South Forest Street
Please RSVP to Debbie at 303.224.4895 by April 19th


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