How to Word a Funny Graduation Invitation


Graduating from anything is important and meaningful, but announcing it can be fun. The road to any graduation is filled with hilarious, anxiety-ridden and serious moments. When figuring out wording on your graduation invitation, draw upon those moments and make light of them in hindsight. Keep in mind that invitation wording can be playful and creative, even for a deeply special event, if careful attention is paid not to blur the line between funny and obnoxious.

  • Think of the situations you were in at school. Some are funny, some may have been scary and others were upsetting. Take a situation, or something generally known about your personality, and set the invitation wording around it. If you relaxed more than studied, consider an invitation that says: "Cover to cover are the books he read, many a night he did not go to bed...or so he said." For the honor student, write "We thought we would never see the day when Ava stopped studying and began to play."

  • Use a childhood picture from school on the invitation. Did you receive a diploma as a kindergartner? Was your parent the one who took snap shots of you napping in first grade? Relate these kinds of photos to your graduation now by implying that somehow you made it through finger painting and napping to arrive at your graduation. A humorous introduction to this invitation could read: "I must have learned something along the way!"

  • Paste an unflattering picture of you on the invitation. The goal is to get your guests to laugh from the moment they open the envelope. Poke fun at yourself physically by writing: "Who is letting this person graduate? We don't know either but they did, and now we are celebrating!"

  • Announce the fact that you have made no after-graduation plans. Think of traditional conversation at a graduation, such as a secured job, new apartment or great opportunities. Put a fun twist on this kind of conversation by letting your guests know you do not yet have it all figured out. For example, "Come to my graduation party and welcome me back home!" or "I think they wanted me out of there after six years." You can be irreverent, but still funny, if you word it right.

  • Borrow a funny quote about education from someone famous and write it at the top of the invitation. For example, Theodore Roosevelt once said, "A man who has never gone to school may steal from a freight car; but if he has a university education, he may steal the whole railroad."

  • Acknowledge your less-than-stellar grades. If you are the person who struggled through school or did just enough to get by (and everyone knew it), write that you consider yourself lucky for graduating. Announce your graduation by stating "An honor student is having a graduation party on June 20, 2011, but you won't be there because you'll be celebrating me at my house!"

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  • Research quotes and graduation saying on the Internet.

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  • Photo Credit enveloppe jaune image by Gautier Willaume from sleeping man image by Natalia Pavlova from the girl sleeps image by Arkady Chubykin from back to school image by Kurhan from graduation poster image by robert mobley from Surprised businessman reading report isolated image by Laser from
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