Graduation Announcement Wording Ideas

Graduations deserve to be celebrated. Most mark the occasion with custom graduation announcements—because when you’ve kept your nose in the books for that long, your hard work deserves to be broadcast to all your friends and family. This is a huge milestone and accomplishment 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. Sending personalized graduation announcements will let your friends and family know how hard you worked over the years to gain your high school, college, or graduate degree. Rely on Shutterfly to celebrate a graduation of any kind, with custom grad party decor, graduation gifts, and more.

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What Is Included In A Graduation Announcement?

No matter if you’re graduating with your doctorate degree or your diploma from high school, contents of graduation announcements don’t vary a lot. Just 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. Whether you’re parent of a graduating student or you’re the grad-to-be, you’ll choose if your announcement will be formal or informal, straight forward or affectionate and whether or not to include a photo. Just ensure your graduation announcement card includes:

  • Full Name
  • School Name
  • Degree Type/Focus of Study
  • Class Year
  • Honors
  • Year/Date/Time
  • Location
  • Other Details (Party Information, Dress code, Gifts, etc)

High School Graduation Announcement Wording

2024 graduation announcement cards

When personalizing your graduation announcement cards, the wording style you choose should reflect your personality, tastes, and your accomplishments all while staying informative. Depending on how you want to tell everyone about the achievements you’ve made throughout the years, you may choose to include an inspiring graduation quote that reflects this special time in your life for a cute and meaningful touch and the journey ahead. Of course, you’ll also want to include some of the best graduation photos of yourself to show off to family and friends.

1st Sample

Class of 2024
Announcing the graduation of
Madison Lee June
Westlake High School
May 24th, 2024
Two O’clock
Madison will be attending
San Diego State University in the fall
Majoring in Bioengineering


2nd Sample

With Pride and Joy
Mr. and Mrs. McGinn
Announce the Graduation of their son
Patrick McGinn from
Eagle Mountain High School, May 18, 2024
Patrick graduated with honors and plans to attend Harvard in the fall


3rd Sample

Class of 2024
We are thrilled to announce the graduation of
Laura Ayers
St. Francis High School
June 30, 2024
Laura will be taking a gap year and attending the University of Washington
In the fall of 2023 to pursue a degree in Child Development


College Graduation Announcement Wording

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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 announcements aren’t your style, then you can go with a more informal wording theme, but try to keep it from being overly casual. The major difference between a college graduation announcement and high school is the need to include the degree earned. Follow the templates below and edit if and where you see fit.

1st Sample

University of Southern California
Class of 2024
Nick Jones
Completing his degree in
Non Profit Management
Please join us for the Commencement Ceremonies
On May second, two thousand and twenty four
at 12 o’clock
Parker Stadium


2nd Sample

Justin Monroe
University of Miami
With a Bachelor’s in English Literature
Congratulate the graduate
at the Commencement Ceremony
Jones Yount Stadium


3rd Sample

2024 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 four
5 O’Clock
Clark Fisher Auditorium

Master’s Degree Announcement Wording Templates

Achieving a master’s degree is certainly an achievement worth celebrating. 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.

1st Template

We are proud to be announcing
the Graduation of
Haley Hughes
University of Alabama
with a
Master’s Degree
June 12, 2024
Join us for Commencement Exercises
Harley Stadium


2nd Template

The verdict is in
Kyle Donaldson
is finally done with his
Law Degree
Seattle University School of Law
Join us
June 12, 2024
Five O‘ Clock
Jean Smith Stadium


3rd Template

Hats off to the Graduate
Jonas H. Briggs, MBA
Class of 2024
Foster School of Business
Commencement Exercise takes place
May 20th, 2024 at 3PM




Doctorate Degree Announcement Wording Templates

Few people accomplish a doctorate degree during their lifetime. Make sure you get the achievement recognition you deserve with the following wording examples for graduation announcement cards.

1st Template

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


2nd Template

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


3rd Template

Class of 2024
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 Template

graduation announcement

It’s taken a lot to reach the graduation ceremony of your nursing degree. Celebrate the right way by telling everyone what you’ve achieved. Check out our graduation announcement wording examples below to get you started:

1st Template

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


2nd Template

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 , 2024 at 2PM
Gopher Stadium


3rd Template

I, am pleased to announce that I,
Rachel Calhoun
am receiving my
Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing from
Johns Hopkins University
Class of 2024
Join me for Commencement Exercises
May 15th, 2024 at 2PM
Hopkins Stadium

Graduation Announcement Wording From Parents

You’re so proud of everything your child has accomplished through their years, and you can’t wait to tell all of your friends and family. Help spread the joy with the following graduation announcement samples:

1st Sample

Mr. and Mrs. Meyerson
Proudly Announce the Graduation of
Oscar James Meyerson
Sunday, the Nineteenth of December
Two Thousand Twenty Four
With a
Bachelor of Arts Degree in
Sports Management
Holland Municipal Stadium


2nd Sample

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


3rd Sample

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, 2024
at 12 o’clock
Performing Arts Center

No Graduation Party Wording

Whether you’re hosting a private graduation party just for family and don’t want to send the invite to everyone, or if you’re simply going on a trip instead, you may want to keep party details off your grad announcements. If so, make sure to check out the wording examples below:

1st Sample

Announcing the graduation of
Charlie Ngo, MD
University of Washington
School of Medicine
specializing in pediatrics
Class of 2024


2nd Sample

Kelsea Jensen is graduating!
Class of 2024
San Francisco State University
B.S. in Chemistry
Magna cum Laude


3rd Sample

Michelle Murakami
Graduated from University of Colorado at Boulder
On May 7th, 2024
With a Bachelors in English Literature

Funny Graduation Wording Template

Are you known for your sense of humor, or is your graduating child a known class clown? If so, make sure to read the funny graduation wording examples below:

1st Template

Bring on the Pomp and Circumstance
Class of 2024
Annie Zuinga, MBA
University of Washington
Foster School of Business


2nd Template

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, 2024
Performing Arts Center


3rd Template

She’s passed her exams
without a frown
Now she’s the hottest
hair stylist 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, 2024
Jones Resource Center

Graduation Announcement Wording Tips

Announcing your graduation can be fun, exciting and even stressful. Just remember these tips when personalizing your big news on custom graduation announcements.

  • Designate “no gifts” someplace on the announcement if you would prefer not to receive any.
  • Be as clear as possible.
  • Indicate if there is a dress code.
  • Double check your spelling.
  • Design an announcement that is true to you.
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How To Address A Grad Announcement

Unsure of 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. This might show as:

Mr. and Mrs. Smith
1235 Clarabelle Dr.
Desoto, TX 75115

You can address people informally in the inner envelope. This holds the announcement. Informal addressing may look like:

Aunt Brenda and Uncle Troy
Lee and Kim


Resources Related to Graduation Announcement Wording

Graduation is a major life accomplishment and everyone should celebrate with proper praise and applause. However, the celebration can’t begin if everyone isn’t in on the big news. Let everyone know you’ve achieved your educational goals with style. And don’t forget to send graduation thank you cards (along with graduation-themed address labels) after all the festivities. Use our guide to reference tips for what to write on graduation thank you cards.

Once you have your graduation wording picked out, reference our comprehensive guide to graduation announcement etiquette and articles. These include when to send graduation announcements and addressing graduation invitations to make sure your good news (in the form of personalized graduation invitations) gets to where it’s going.

Finally, if your grad is looking for more inspiration, take a peek at our graduation cap ideas article.