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Popular Graduation Invitation and Announcement Wording Ideas

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Sleek yet simple is the most popular choice for graduation announcements. The most common graduation announcement wording is simply 'Class of 2016' with all the details about the event and the graduate.

Make It Personal

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You can add a personal touch to graduation announcements with ease by selecting a 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 the graduate's childhood that inspired them throughout high school is a great way to make the announcement personal. If you would rather find a quote that expresses how they feel about the future then going with a famous quote may be a more suited choice. Find our list of best graduation quotes here.

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Graduation announcements are the perfect opportunity to celebrate a great educational achievement. Friends and family will be thrilled to participate in this milestone, and high quality announcements are more than just correspondence; they become keepsakes. Graduation announcements are an important beginning to a long tradition of personal correspondence. Not to be confused with graduation party invitations, graduation announcements present a unique opportunity to celebrate and publicize this significant personal accomplishment.

What to Include on Graduation Announcements

The most important details to include on your graduation announcements are the full name, the name of the high school or college, and the year of 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. See the list below for a list of what to include on graduation announcements.

  1. Full name.
  2. Name of high school/college/university
  3. Graduation year (i.e. "Class of 2016")
  4. Optional: the college that will be attended (for high school grads), degree or job prospect information, parents' names
  5. Optional: the college that will be attended (for high school grads), degree or job prospect information, academic achievements, parents' names, a thank you to friends and family, a meaningful quote, grad party information
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It is optional to include information about the college or university the grad will be attending on high school graduation announcements, as well as any career or job details on college grad announcements.

Including parents' names or thanking a special supporter are also optional, although 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 the 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 graduation festivities.

What To Include on Graduation Invitations

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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 the full name, the name of the high school and college, and the 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 the 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

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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.

Cathy Irene Ferguson
Proud Graduate of Emerald Valley High School
Class of 2016
St. Louis, Missouri | May 28th

Class of 2016
Announcing the graduation of Ashley Madison Tyler
Westview High School
May 24th, 2016
Ashley will be attending Gonzaga University in the fall
Majoring in Bioengineering

2016 Graduate!
David Anderson is graduating from Hoover High School
June 10th 2016
Captain of the debate team and bassist in the Hoover Jazz Band

Eli Gunn
Grand Harbor High School / May 23rd, 2016
Eli will attend the University of Ohio in the Fall
He would like to thank his parents for their love and support

College Graduation Announcement Examples

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

Class of 2016
Henry James Wellington
Boston College School of Law – May 21, 2016
Henry will be working at Ropes and Gray
in Boston as an Associate Attorney

Mark Fisher is graduating!
Class of 2016
San Francisco State University
B.S. in Chemistry
Magna cum Laude

Maria Simpson
Graduated from University of Colorado at Boulder
On May 7th, 2016
With a Bachelors in English Literature

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

Graduation Invitation Wording Examples

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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.

Let's Celebrate
Courtney Miller
2016 Graduate
Saturday May 21 | 5:00pm
The Miller Residence 3407 Raintree Road, Enfield MN
RSVP to:
By May 11th

Please join us for a graduation party honoring
Manuel Sanchez
May 22nd, 2016 at 3pm at the Sanchez residence
445 Montview Avenue
Please RSVP to Manuel by May 20th 415.555.2365

Help us celebrate our 2016 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 2016
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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