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Classic Graduation Announcements

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January 10, 2019

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January 10, 2019

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"My daughter's graduation announcements came out lovely, just as we expected."

January 5, 2019

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Classic Graduation Announcements

Create traditional graduation announcements perfect for your student with Shutterfly. The graduation of your son, daughter or other young family member is a bittersweet time. Whether it’s a high school or college graduation, it’s a major milestone in his or her life, a great source of pride as a parent and a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the journey into adulthood. There’s no better way to announce your son or daughter’s graduation than with beautiful, classic graduation announcements. However, you may be wondering about etiquette when it comes to designing and writing formal announcements for this important occasion. To create classic graduation announcements that are stylish, sophisticated and impactful, there are two elements to consider: design and etiquette. We’ll take a look at several ideas and suggestions to help you check both boxes.

Formal and Traditional Graduation Announcement Designs

With Shutterfly, you can make personalized graduation announcements perfect for any type of celebration. First, it’s important to choose a custom graduation announcement design that celebrates the grad’s style yet offers a timeless look. If you like the formal, elegant style of traditional graduation stationery and you’re looking for custom-made designs, personalized classic announcement cards are a good choice. These graduation announcements feature a traditional design style but offer plenty of personalization options to make your cards unique and expressive. Work with your grad to choose which elements you’d like to feature on the announcements and experiment with our customization tools. Do you want to include a photo? A well-chosen professional portrait (or several photos) of the proud graduate can elevate the look of the grad announcement instantly. Don’t forget about colors; many designs can also be customized to match your grad’s school colors for a personalized touch. When your traditional graduation announcement is complete, you can hold on to it as a special keepsake you cherish for years to come.

Traditional Graduation Announcement Etiquette & Wording

Wording is a major aspect of what constitutes a classic, formal graduation announcement. Even if you customized a beautiful, traditional graduation card design, the formal effect will be lost if the announcement’s wording is overly casual or relaxed. While many of our classic announcements already include suggested wording to make the process easier for you, you may wish to customize the text or write your own from scratch. If that’s the case, begin by determining what information you want to include in the announcement. To start, you should include the following:

  • Graduate’s full name
  • School name
  • Date, time and location of party or commencement ceremony (if applicable)
  • Future education plans (such as college attending or degree pursuing, if known)
  • Degree obtained (if college graduation)

Classic Finishing Touches to Your Photo Graduation Announcement

Remember that the design of your custom graduation announcement doesn’t stop at the card itself. It is traditional to include other customized stationery elements to achieve a professional-quality, formal graduation announcement. Finish your envelopes with classic address labels and consider opting to have your envelopes addressed by us to avoid the stress of hand-writing each one. Add your monogram and favorite photo so your envelopes are instantly recognizable. Your friends and family members will be excited to receive a graduation announcement or graduation party invitation from you to celebrate your incredible achievements.

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