A Guide to College Graduation Announcements

Learn the Who, What, When, Where, Why - and How

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College graduation announcements can seem so simple but also be so complicated. And, of course, while you're trying to figure out the ins-and-outs of the announcements, you still have to focus on finishing your classes and planning for life after college. Use this guide to help you through the planning, organizing, and sending of graduation announcements.

The Logistics

Coordinating the logistics behind announcements can be a serious pain in the brain. With a little help, however, it can also be taken care of with a few quick steps.

The What: The Announcements Themselves

Wording announcements can seem so easy. That is, of course, until you actually sit down and try to write them. To get you started, below are a variety of announcement styles you can use -- or change a bit -- to create your own, personalized graduation announcement.

No matter which type of announcement you send, the following information is vital:

  • Your name
  • The college or university
  • The degree you earned (e.g., B.A. in Political Science)
  • The commencement ceremony (or party) date and time
  • The location of the ceremony or party

Do you really have to invite people? Unlike high school graduation, not everyone is going to attend the commencement ceremony or expect a party. It is very common for college graduates to skip the date and location information and use their announcements as, just that, an announcement of your achievement.

Announcements with Formal, Traditional Language

Traditionally, a college graduation announcement uses formal language such as "The President, Faculty, and Graduating Class..." in the opening lines before giving the details in equally formal terms. Spelling out the dates and avoiding abbreviations for degrees are just some of the features you'll find in formal announcements.

If you would like to stick with tradition, here are two examples to explore:

Casual and Informal Announcements

Maybe you're more of a casual graduate who wants to drop all formality and enjoy the celebration. If so, there are endless ways to begin your announcement and you can have as much fun as you like.

Here are a few examples and don't forget to include the details.

  • Education, Dedication, Jubilation, Graduation!
  • Call the neighbors around, Raise a glass of Chablis,
    [Tasha] has earned [her] college degree!
  • [She's] Graduating!

Announcements Mentioning Family or Friends

Yet another approach to the announcement is to include the support of your family and friends. This is a nice way for the people who care about you most and helped you through school to acknowledge how proud they are of you.

Announcements with a Religious Theme

Whether you are graduating from a faith-based college or simply hope to acknowledge how your faith helped you in this great achievement, adding an inspirational verse is a great idea. It also doesn't matter which religion you follow, there's inspiration in all of them.

Look for a verse or inscription that pertains to learning and knowledge and quote this at the top of your announcement. Again, don't forget the details!