Ideas for Graduation Announcements

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Etiquette dictates that parents should send formal graduation announcements when their child graduates. Many people no longer follow this rule; however, it is still a well-appreciated gesture. The announcements can also be saved as a keepsake or glued in a scrapbook for sentimental purposes.

Wording

  • All graduation announcements should include the full names of the parents and graduating student, the school, the program the student has completed, the level of education the student has achieved and the date of the graduation ceremony. For example,

    Mr. Bert Martin and Mrs. Jane Martin are pleased to announce that their daughter, Amanda Martin, will be graduating from York University on June 5, 2010, with a Bachelor of Science degree.

    Following the announcement you can offer an invite to a graduation celebration or simply end it with a statement of pride or an appropriate quotation.

Style

  • A graduation announcement can be delivered in various ways. For example, postcard announcements can be made by printing on 4- by 6-inch pieces of card stock and attaching a picture to the front. Another example is a newsletter announcement. This can be made by using a newsletter template in a word-processing program and including the announcement as the cover story with smaller articles throughout showcasing the student's academic achievements. For a more traditional announcement, print on pieces of card stock about 8.5 by 5.5 inches in size, punch two holes at the top of the announcement, place a ribbon through the holes and tie the ribbon into a bow.

Decorations

  • There are plenty of ways for you to spruce up the graduation announcements. You can use school colors throughout the announcement, attach scrapbook embellishments and stickers with a graduation theme, add a picture of the graduating student or the student's school, or sprinkle confetti in school colors in the inside of the announcement or envelope.

Envelope

  • The envelope for graduation announcements should be kept very formal. The name and address on the front of each envelope --- as well as the return address at the top left corner --- should be written by hand in blue or black ink. Furthermore, the front of the announcement should be facing the envelope's flap. If you would like to add some personality to the envelope, you can choose a color that matches the colors used in the announcement or attach a decorative seal to the envelope's flap.

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