50 Graduation Thank You Card Sayings and Messages

After your graduation ceremony, your family and friends will shower you with gifts, love, and endless support in your next chapter of life. Once you have a nice pile of graduation messages, congratulations, and goodies, it’s important to show your appreciation for all of their kindness. What better way to do so than with personalized graduation thank you cards from Shutterfly? We’re here to help and inspire grads to write their thank yous with our simple-to-follow examples below.

Graduations are a huge milestone and are a special time to celebrate with your grad by giving them personalized graduation gifts they will love. Gifts come in all different shapes and sizes and will make nice additions to the graduation cards you plan on giving them to express how proud you are of all of their achievements.

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Why is Grad Thank You Note Wording Important?

The best way for grads to show their gratitude towards loved ones is with a heartfelt, handwritten thank you note. These days, a thank you can go a long way, so pick out graduation thank you cards set that best suits your style. It can be hard to know exactly what to say to each and everyone who made your graduation day special, but here is some guidance for what should be mentioned in each grad thank you note.

It’s completely normal to be at a loss for words when the time comes around to sitting down and writing out all of your personalized thank you notes. Especially when you are feeling so many emotions during this exciting time in your life. There are surely a handful of special people that made your graduation celebrations one-of-a-kind. The main takeaway should be to remind your grandma, cousin, or aunt how much you love and appreciate them for the thoughtful grad gifts given to you. Wording should be sincere, thoughtful, respectful and most importantly, hand done.

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A Tip Before You Start Your Graduation Thank You Note

Before you have time to fret about the thank you card wording you’ll be using, you may be asking yourself, “Who gave me what?” Here’s a tip we think you’ll find useful.

Keep track of the gifts: There is nothing quite like a heartfelt thank you message that shows your appreciation and you want to make sure you don’t forget anyone. We all love to feel appreciated and having a list to refer to, in terms of who got you what, will make your graduation thank you card writing just that much smoother.

What Do You Say In A Graduation Thank You Card?

If you are looking for wording suggestions and verses for thank you cards, let us help. Whether you want your card to have a funny flare, a genuine tone or a serious feel, we have you covered. Not to mention, we have examples for just about every graduation occasion including; high school, college, nursing and more.  Craft your very own personal and appreciative graduation thank you’s for everyone on your list with some of our favorite thank you sayings fit to suit any relationship you have with the recipient. Follow these five steps and the below guidance for the perfect thank you note.

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1. First Sentence

Say thanks right from the get go. Some examples include:

  • “Thank you for the generous gift”
  • “Thank you for joining me in celebrating my graduation.”

2. Second Sentence

Mention the Gift: If you did receive a gift, mention it and tell them what you are going to be using it for. For example, if you were gifted a locket necklace from your grandma, tell her how much you will be wearing the necklace in the future. Whether it be to special occasions or for everyday wear, your grandma will feel happy knowing she gifted you something you love and will wear all the time. You can also look to our resource on graduation gift etiquette for additional help.

3. Express Emotion

Tell them just how happy it made you to see them at your graduation ceremony or how much you missed them at your ceremony but appreciate the generous card they sent. If a family member you haven’t seen in years surprises you at your graduation, tell them how emotional it made you to see them and how it made you burst into tears of joy. They’ll surely feel special knowing their appearance was worth all the while.

4. Personalization is Key

You don’t want every thanks to seem generic and as if you didn’t put any special thought into the sentiment. Add special details and appreciation to each card by mentioning specifics and always hand write the notes. You can add specific graduation quotes or sayings within your card as well to give it a personal or unique touch.

5. Address Thank You With Care

If it’s an old friend or someone whom you’re close with, go ahead and use their first name or nickname, but if it’s someone like your parents’ friends that you don’t know particularly well use Mr. and Mrs. Last Name to show your respect.

How Long Should Your Message Be?

The message doesn’t need to be multiple paragraphs for it to feel sincere. A thoughtful message may not take more than two or three sentences. Just make sure that whatever you write comes from the heart and shows your appreciation.

When Should You Send Thank You Notes?

The key thing to remember when thinking about the timing of sending your grad thank yous is to not wait too long. Try to send your thank you messages three to four days after your celebrations end, or immediately after receiving a gift or contribution in response to your graduation announcement or college send off invitations.

High School Grad Thank You Messages

The following graduation thank you card saying are perfect for any recent high school graduate.


  • Thank you for celebrating my high school graduation with me. I am so lucky to have such wonderful family and friends like you.
  • Celebrating my high school graduation party with you was a blast. Thank you for everything.
  • Thank you for joining me on my special day. Your kindness and thoughtfulness are very much appreciated.
  • I am so glad that you were able to share in my graduation celebrations. Thank you for helping make this occasion so special!
  • Dear, (insert name) I just wanted to thank you both again for coming to my graduation ceremony. It was great to have such a loud cheering section. Thanks again.
  • I am so happy that you were able to share my day with me either by being there or remembering with your generosity. Thank you so much for being a part of my high school grad celebration.
  • I was so happy that you could attend my graduation party. And thank you so much for your thoughtful gift. I will use the corkboard to create a fun photo collage of my family and high school friends. When I hang it on the wall of my college dorm it will remind me of you and all of those special people back home who love and support me.
  • During my graduation ceremony, it was so wonderful to look up into the crowd and see you sitting there smiling and supporting me. That was such an important day for me and I am so glad you were there to share it. Thanks again.
  • Thank you so much for the wonderful card and congratulations on my high school graduation.
  • Thank you so much for my graduation gift, but the real gift was seeing you. I can’t wait to see you guys again soon. Thanks again.

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College Grad Thank You Messages

These college graduation thank you messages are as sweet as the are sincere. Pick your favorite from those below:

  • Graduation reminds me of everyone who has touched my life. The gift of your presence and acknowledgement is truly appreciated.
  • Thank you. Words can never tell you what your congratulations and generous heart has meant to me. With all my love
  • Thank you for coming to my college graduation party. It was such a lovely day to have all my friends and family there.
  • Thank you for celebrating this momentous day with me.
  • It’s been a long road of late nights and long mornings, but I made it! Thank you for joining me in celebration of my graduation.
  • Thank you! I sincerely appreciate your sharing in my special graduation day.
  • Thank you so much for taking the time to come to my graduation ceremony. Words can’t express how happy I was to see you sitting there when I walked onto the stage.
  • You brought joy to my special graduating day. Words can never tell you what your congratulations has meant to me.
  • As I graduate, a new journey begins. I thank you for your kindness, thoughtfulness and prayers.
  • These past four years have flown by so fast. Thank you for celebrating my college graduation with me, I couldn’t have done it without you.

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MBA Grad Thank You Messages

It took a lot of support from loved ones to help you make it through your MBA, and these grad thank you messages say just that.

  • I am happy that you were able to share such a milestone with me, either by being there or remembering with your generosity. Thank you so much for being part of my MBA grad celebration
  • I am so glad that you were able to join in the celebration of my graduation.
  • Thank you so much for your thoughtful gift and attending my graduation party. It really meant a lot to me to have you there for the celebrations.
  • It was a real treat having you at my graduation ceremony. Thank you so much for being there for me throughout the years and on this momentous day.
  • Thank you so much for attending my graduation ceremony. I know it was a long trip down for you and I appreciate your driving to be there on my special day. Thank you also for your thoughtful gift. I know I will be putting it to use very soon.
  • Thank you for your support and love. I couldn’t have accomplished this without your support.
  • Support and generosity of family and friends will always be remembered as I explore new goals and work toward new achievements.
  • Thank you for remembering my graduation. Your card was so sweet and I’m glad I could celebrate this with you. I’m looking forward to celebrating future accomplishments with you soon.
  • “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” Thank you so much for being a part of my graduation celebrations. I cannot express to you how much it meant to me to have you there.
  • “How beautiful a day can be when kindness touches it.” Thank you for being that kind touch on my graduation day.

Nursing Grad Thank You Messages

These nursing graduation thank you card messages help say a sincere thank you to those who made the biggest impact in your life.

  • Thank you so very much for being a part of my nursing grad ceremony. I couldn’t have made it through school without all of your kind love and support.
  • Thank you so much for thinking of me during my graduation. I really appreciate the thought and your gift. Also, thank you for your good wishes as I start a new chapter in my life. I look forward to keeping in touch.
  • Of all the skills I will ever learn, the greatest one I will ever hold, is the healing touch of a caring heart. I am so excited to be calling the shots soon. Thank you so much for celebrating my graduation from nursing school with me. Your kindness is much appreciated.
  • Nursing is a lot of heart work and I couldn’t have made it to graduation without the love and support of you. Thank you for being a part of this momentous occasion.
  • I want to say thank you for helping me survive nursing school and for your generous graduation gift.
  • Thank you for attending my graduation party, I enjoyed catching up with you over dessert. I really appreciate the money and plan to put it towards renting my first apartment. Your generosity is truly appreciated.
  • Thank you for attending my graduation ceremony. I really enjoyed having you there on my special day.
  • Thank you so much for thinking of me on my graduation day. I appreciate your thoughtful card and generous gift. You can’t see me right now, but I’m totally doing a happy dance. Hope all is well.
  • This isn’t a thank you note; it’s a hug with a fold in it. Thanks so much for my nursing grad congratulations and card.
  • Thank you so much for your thoughtful gift. I will be using it a lot as I embark on my nursing career this fall. Hope all is well and thanks again.

Grad Gift Thank You Messages

If a loved one gave you a generous graduation gift or contribution, make sure to thank them with one of the following grad thank you card messages.

  • This brings sincere thanks for the lovely graduation gift you sent, I wish to tell you just how much it meant to me.
  • Thank you so much for your very generous gift and thinking of me on my graduation day. I am so grateful.
  • Accept my warmest thankful wishes for attending and making my graduation day special and a memorable one. Your thoughtfulness is a gift I will forever treasure.
  • A simple thanks may not be enough, but I’m still sending this note to express my heartfelt gratitude. Thank you so much for being a part of my graduation day. I couldn’t have made it without you.
  • Thank you for your gift of love and for sharing in my graduation day.
  • I enjoyed the cake and the gifts too, but my favorite part of graduation day was seeing you. Thank you for helping me celebrate such a momentous day.
  • Thank you for coming to my graduation party!  I hope you enjoyed it. Thank you also for my wonderful gift, a laptop is just what I need for college. Thanks again.
  • Thank you very much for your generous gift. It was greatly appreciated and will assist me in being one of the most comfortable students on campus. As I transition into this new phase of my life, I am excited about attending (college you plan to attend,) and look forward to making everyone proud of me. Please keep me in your prayers throughout my journey, as support is instrumental to my success. Thanks again for your thoughtful gift.
  • Just a short note to thank you for everything you did for me at my graduation. I cannot wait to use (the gift you gave me) for (whatever the gift can be used for.) Thanks again.
  • Thank you for your support, love, and encouragement. I couldn’t have done it without you! Oh, and thank you for your generous gift too.

Resources Related to Graduation Thank You Card Sayings

Once the confetti has been popped, the cake is eaten and the graduation party or college send off celebration dies down, don’t forget about sending out grad thank you cards. Hopefully, you are inspired after reading these thank you card sayings and you can always edit them to your liking. Keep in mind that the best thanks are the ones that come straight from the heart and writing what you feel is exactly what you should do; your friends and family are sure to appreciate the time and effort you put into your thank you notes. For tips on making your thank you card perfect, follow our guide to personalizing cards. And if you’re looking for additional resources, make sure to look to our graduation content hub.