Graduation Announcement Wording

“Find the graduation announcement wording that is right for you. Here are some ideas on what to write in your graduation announcements & invitations.”

Example of wording for graduation announcements

Dual-purpose, cards can serve as both announcement and invitation.

Graduating from high school or college is a special event! All that hard work at school is quite an achievement, and one to be proud of. Paper graduation announcements are an elegant way to announce and share this achievement with friends & family. Not sure what to write? When creating your grad announcement cards, while the wording is entirely up to you, there are a few essential pieces of information you should include.

Basic Announcements

Announcements don’t have to be fancy or overly complicated. If your belief is “less is more” and you would prefer a simple look, just three pieces of information are needed.

  • Graduate’s Name
  • School’s Name
  • Graduating Year

An example wording for your basic announcement text:

Kate Monahan
East High School
Class of 2012

Formal Announcements

Reading more like a wedding invitation, a formal announcement has a sophisticated look and is a good choice for proud parents wishing to send out the announcements to their relatives & friends.

  • Names of Parents or Guardians
  • Graduate’s Full Name
  • School’s Name
  • Graduating Year
  • Graduate’s Major (optional)
  • Honors & Awards (optional)

A sample of a formal graduation announcement text:

Mr. & Mrs. Paul Monahan
Announce the graduation of their daughter
Katherine Anne Monahan
from East High School
On Saturday June 3rd 2012

Story Announcements

Sometimes graduates want to share more than just their name, school & class year. Feel free to add additional information that you would like to share with everyone. Include a short paragraph on future plans after college, favorite school memory, or even an inspirational quote. Sharing these details creates a more personal card and lets family & friends know what you are up to after graduation.

  • Names of Parents or Guardians (optional)
  • Graduate’s Name (full name optional)
  • School’s Name
  • Graduating Year
  • Graduate’s Major (optional)
  • Honors & Awards (optional)
  • Future Plans
  • Quote

Mr. & Mrs. Paul Monahan
Are proud to announce the graduation of
Katherine Anne Monahan
from East High School
Class of 2012

Kate is attending Columbia College in Chicago this fall where she will study journalism.

“What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Invitation Announcements

Popular with high school graduations, announcements can also double as party invitations. Use this opportunity to invite people to an open house or celebration in honor of the grad.

  • Graduate’s Name (full name optional)
  • School’s Name
  • Graduating Year
  • Graduation Date
  • Party Address
  • RSVP Details (optional)

Suggestion for grad party invitation wording:

Class of 2012
Celebrate Kate Monahan’s Graduation
from East High School
May 12th @ 4pm at the
Monahan’s Home
1200 West Palm Court
Sarosta, FL 60615

Sending grad announcements is appropriate for ALL graduations including kindergarten, montessori, junior high/middle school, high school, community college, state university & nursing school. All the hard work and time pursuing your education is a reason to share your accomplishment with others by sending an announcement.

Have you written a unique graduation announcement that you’d like to share? Tell us your idea in the comments below.

Additional Resources: Photo Graduation Announcements & Graduation Quote Ideas.