Graduation Announcement Wording Ideas

Last Updated: Mar 27, 2017

Graduations are no small achievement and deserve to be known and celebrated. Most mark the occasion with an announcement, and when you’ve kept your nose in the books for that long it’s hard work that deserves to be broadcasted. This is an accomplishment to be commemorated and even if your loved ones close to you already know about the occasion, it’s a tradition to also inform those you don’t speak to on a daily basis.

There are many different styles of graduation announcements for every taste and budget. Whether you’re thinking about creating DIY graduation announcements or modern graduation announcements, you’ll still need to decide just how you want to announce the news which can be the hardest part.

If you are unfamiliar with the etiquette to use when sending out grad announcements then this should be very helpful. Along with sophistication, you’ll want to add your personal touch with wording that reflects your accomplishments and personality. You may even consider adding a few graduation quotes to show off your excitement.

Scroll on through for announcement wording ideas that will stay true to you and keep up with the 2017 trends. Or jump to a section that fits you: 

custom graduation announcement

What is Included in a Graduation Announcement?

No matter if you’re graduating with your doctorate degree or your diploma from high school, what is going to be included in the announcement will not vary by a lot. These announcement wording essentials are just that-essential. Make sure to include the following in your announcement so guests know the who, what, when, where and why of the big day. After you’ve got those details included, the rest is really up to you. You, as the grad-to-be, will choose if your announcement will be formal or informal, straight forward or affectionate and whether or not to include a photo. Like we said, the below are a must.

• Full Name
• School Name
• Year/Date/Time
• Location

College Graduation Announcement Wording

College grad announcements are definitely a place where you can take a more formal approach. The past four years or so of your life were spent devoted to your studies, which deserve to be recognized. Staying with a more formal theme means using a serious tone. Dive deep into your vocabulary bank, avoid using slang and compose sentences for a formal wording style that is perfect for spreading this exciting news. Be sure to include the information for the graduation party too. If formal isn’t quite your style, then you can go with a more informal wording theme. The major difference between a college grad announcement and high school is the need to include the degree earned; everyone will be interested to know. Follow the templates below and edit if and where you see fit.

College wording sample: 1

University of Southern California
Class of 2019
Nick Jones
Completing his degree in
Non Profit Management

Please join us for the Commencement Ceremonies
On May second, two thousand and seventeen
at 12 o’clock
Parker Stadium

College wording sample: 2

Justin Menroe
University of Miami
With a Bachelor’s in English Literature

Congratulate the graduate
at the Commencement Ceremony
Jones Yount Stadium

College wording sample: 3

2020 Grad
Maria Gonzales
Graduated from New York University
With a Bachelor of Arts in Drama

Celebrate with us at Commencement
On May third, two thousand and twenty
5’ O’ Clock
Clark Fisher Auditorium

High School Graduation Announcement Wording

When personalizing your graduation cards the wording style you choose should reflect your personality, tastes and your accomplishments all while staying informative. You may choose to include a grad quote that reflects upon this special time in your life for a cute and meaningful touch.

grad announcement

High School Sample: 1

Class of 2020
Announcing the graduation of
Madison Lee June

Westlake High School
May 24th, 2020
2 O’clock

Madison will be attending
San Diego State University in the fall
Majoring in Bioengineering

High School Sample: 2

With Pride and Joy
Mr. and Mrs. McGinn
Announce the Graduation of their son

Patrick McGinn from
Eagle Mountain High School, May 18, 2017
Patrick graduated with honors and plans to attend Harvard in the fall

High School Sample: 3

Class of 2018
We are thrilled to announce the graduation of
Laura Ayers
St. Francis High School
June 30, 2018
Laura will be taking a gap year and attending the University of Washington
In the fall of 2016 to pursue a degree in Child Development

Master’s Degree Announcement Wording

Achieving a masters’ degree is certainly a celebratory achievement. Spread the word of your milestone accomplishment with a traditional graduation announcement. It is a nice way to let your loved ones know that you’ve accomplished your goal.

Masters Sample: 1

We are proud to be announcing
the Graduation of

Haley Hughes

University of Alabama
with a
Master’s Degree
June 12, 2019

Join us for Commencement Exercises
Harley Stadium

Masters Sample: 2

The verdict is in
Kyle Donaldson
is finally done with
Law Degree
Seattle University School of Law

Join us
June 12, 2019
Jean Smith Stadium

Masters Sample: 3

Hats off to the Graduate
Jonas H. Briggs, MBA
Class of 2019
Foster School of Business

Commencement Exercise takes place
May 20th, 2015

For more specific instances, follow the proper wording style examples below. From Doctorate, to funny grad announcement wording, we’ve got you covered.

Doctorate Degree Announcement Wording

Doctorate Sample: 1

Dr. Erin Lee Shields

I am pleased to announce that I,
Erin Lee Shields
am receiving my Doctorate in Medicine
from University of Florida

Please join me at Commencement Exercises
Tuesday May 15 at 6:00PM
Phillips Center for the Performing Arts

Doctorate Sample: 2

Please join us in wishing
Timothy Stevens
Congratulations on his
Doctor of Philosophy
from Northwestern University

Commencement Ceremonies
on Saturday, June 20
at 7 o’clock in the evening
Richard Green Field

Doctorate Sample: 3

Class of 2019
the graduation of
Elizabeth Peterson, J.D.
University of Pennsylvania Law School

Join us for Commencement Ceremonies
on Sunday, June 12
at 12 o’ clock in the afternoon
Performing Arts Center

Nursing Degree Announcement Wording

Nursing Sample: 1

I am pleased to announce that I,
Kelly Ann Fisher
Am receiving my
Masters of Science Degree in Nursing
From University of Pittsburgh

Please join me at my Pinning Ceremony
May 15th at 7:00PM
John Newmann Field

Nursing Sample: 2

Mr. and Mrs. Donaldson are pleased to
announce the graduation of their daughter

Emily Louise Donaldson
from the University of Minnesota
School of Nursing

May 28th , 2017at 2PM
Gopher Stadium

Nursing Sample: 3

I, am pleased to announce that I,
Rachel Calhoun
am receiving my
Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing from
Johns Hopkins University
Class of 2019

Join me for Commencement Exercises
May 15th, 2020 at 2PM
Hopkins Stadium

From Parents Wording

From Parents Sample: 1

Mr. and Mrs. Meyerson
Proudly Announce the Graduation of

Oscar James Meyerson
Sunday, the Nineteenth of December
Two Thousand Twenty
With a
Bachelor of Arts Degree in
Sports Management

Holland Municipal Stadium

From Parents Sample: 2

Every yesterday is
a memory of dreams.
Every tomorrow is a vision of hope.
With great joy and pride

Brenda and Ken Henry
announce the graduation of their son

Hudson James Henry
from California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo
on June 12th at 2PM
Richard O’Neill Green Stadium

From Parents Sample: 3

Natalie and Doug
are proud to announce
the Graduation of Dominic L. Chance
University of California Los Angeles

They invite you to share their happiness
at Commencement Exercises
on May 15th, 2017
at 12 o’clock
Performing Arts Center

No Graduation Party Wording

personalized grad announcement

No Party Sample: 1

Announcing the graduation of
Charlie Ngo, MD
University of Washington
School of Medicine
specializing in pediatrics
Class of 2019

No Party Sample: 2

Kelsea Jensen is graduating!
Class of 2018
San Francisco State University
B.S. in Chemistry
Magna cum Laude

No Party Sample: 3

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

Funny Graduation Wording

Funny Sample: 1

Bring on the Pomp and Circumstance
Class of 2019
Annie Zuinga, MBA
University of Washington
Foster School of Business

Yay! I am finally free!

And am pleased to announce that I,
Jeremiah Dickerson,
am receiving my Bachelor’s of Science in Business
from California Polytechnic State University

June 12, 2016
Performing Arts Center

Funny Sample: 2

She’s passed her exams
without a frown
Now she’s the hottest
hairstylist in town!

She’s ready to trim, cut,
color and wax
She’s graduated
with flying colors and
is ready to the max.

Please join us for the Graduation of

Melissa Lynn Fernald

from Beauty School
June 15, 2019
Jones Resource Center

Graduation Announcement Wording Tips

Announcing your grand educational accomplishments can be fun, exciting and even stressful. Just remember these tips when personalizing your big news.

• Designate “no gifts” someplace on the announcement if you would prefer not to receive any.
• Be as clear as possible.
• Design an announcement that is true to you.

How To Address A Grad Announcement

Unsure how to address a graduation invitation or announcement? Here are a few quick tips and examples. Use the link above for more detailed instruction.

The mailing envelope of the announcement should be hand addressed and legible in blue or black ink. Avoid using abbreviations and be as formal as possible.
Mr. and Mrs. Smith
1235 Clarabelle Dr.
Desoto, TX 75115

The inner envelope, which holds the announcement, is where you can address informally.

Aunt Brenda and Uncle Troy
Lee and Kim

Graduation is a major life accomplishment and everyone should celebrate with proper praise and applause. Although, the celebration can’t begin if everyone isn’t in on the big news. Let everyone in on the fact that you have achieved your educational goals with style and be sure to send graduation thank you notes after all the festivities. Use our guide to reference tips for what to write on graduation thank you cards.

Whether you’re graduating from high school, college or nursing school, we have the proper announcement wording for you. Once you have your graduation wording picked out, reference our comprehensive guide to graduation announcement etiquette and articles including when to send graduation announcements and proper protocol for addressing graduation invitations to make sure your good news gets to where it’s going. If your grad is looking for more inspiration, take a peak at our grad cap ideas for 2017 article. Congratulations on your grads big achievement.