What to Say on Your Graduation Announcements
Invitations vs. AnnouncementsThe primary difference between graduation invitations and graduation announcements is that invitations are used to invite people to the actual ceremony (or to a party) and announcements are used to share the news of your accomplishment. While you may only be able to invite a handful of people to see you walk the stage, you can – and should – send announcements to as many people as you would like, especially if they live too far away to attend a party or celebration.
Because announcements are usually not as formal as invitations, you have more opportunity to showcase your personality. Many announcements also allow you to add photos.
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High School Graduation AnnouncementsThe most important information to include is your name, your school, and the year of your graduation.
You may also consider including the location of your high school, any special honors or awards you received, academic achievements, where you’ll be attending college, what you plan to study, your parents’ names, a special quote, or other details.
Class of 2016
Wilton High School • Boulder, Colorado
Headed to Brown University to study architecture
Fairview High School
Varsity Football Player of the Year
Looking forward to playing for Auburn in the fall!
Sarah Elizabeth Simpson
Proud Graduate of Westlake High School
May 31, 2016 • Austin, Texas
Class of 2016 • Walsh High School
Student Council President, Varsity Soccer, Key Club
The best is yet to come!
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College Graduation AnnouncementsOn college graduation announcements, you should always include your name, your school, the year of your graduation, and the degree you received. You shouldn’t abbreviate the title of your degree. Spell out “Bachelor of Arts” or “Bachelor of Science” instead of putting “B.A.” or “B.S.”
You also have the option of listing any special honors or awards, what you minored in, where you’ll be working after college, plans for graduate school, or other information.
Stephen A. Morrison
Johns Hopkins University • Class of 2016
Bachelor of Science in Engineering
Magna Cum Laude
Class of 2016
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Bachelor of Arts in Advertising
With a minor in Political Science
Lauren Colleen Harris
Rice University • Class of 2016
Bachelor of Arts in Economics
Lauren has been accepted to Stanford Law School.
University of Texas
Class of 2016
Bachelor of Science in Biology
With a concentration in Cell and Molecular Biology
Other Tips and Suggestions
- Depending on your chosen design, you may want to put some information on the back of your announcements.
- Unlike invitations, announcements can be sent out either before or after your graduation has taken place.