Graduation Card Ideas for High School and College: Sayings, Messages, Printables, and More
Whether you're giving a graduation gift or you're sending a card in the mail, a greeting card is a wonderful way to congratulate someone on a high school or college graduation.
Give your sentiment some extra personalization by creating a card yourself. There are a number of popular themes to choose from, including owls, caps and gowns, the graduation year, and the school colors. There are also classic "congrats" or "celebrate" cards as well as money cards. Finally, I've included some of the most popular graduation sayings and messages. Design something that will fit the graduate and the occasion perfectly. Happy creating!
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One of the easiest ways to make a greeting card is to find a free printable card or printable image to include in your own card.
People have created these for almost any occasion imaginable. Graduations are no exception. Simply download and print the images onto the paper of your choosing
A high quality cardstock usually works well. Some printable cards include an envelope template. If not, you can easily make one on your own. Just make sure to size it correctly.
I was surprised how many owl cards I found while researching graduation card ideas. The owl wearing a graduation cap is a very popular image.
You can make an owl in any size that you want and with any color combination. Give it a bright spring look for a May graduation or put him in the graduate's school colors.
You can keep your card simple or pair it with a graduation saying or message.
Use one of your owl designs to make a card with a gift card/money pocket.
- The Sky's the Limit!
- Let Your Dreams Take Flight!
- Follow or Chase Your Dreams!
There are several variations on these messages, many of which can be paired with clouds, airplanes, hot air balloons, and/or butterflies. You can customize this any way that you like, using images and colors of your choosing. Keep it fun and whimsical.
Cap and Gown
This theme is pretty self-explanatory. Some people choose to use the cap and gown for their cards while some choose one or the other.
There are also some card designs with a gown over a dress or dress shirt. As always, you can keep your cap and gown design simple, pairing it with a "congrats" message, or choose another graduation message to go with it.
The video above is a Cricut tutorial for making a graduation cap.
There are a number of options for making numbers on greeting cards including chipboard, stamps, die cuts, and hand lettering. Download a fun font that includes numbers and use a word processing program to type and then print your numbers.
If you use any type of personal cutting machine, such as Cricut, there are many ways to create the numbers of your choosing.
Popular embellishments for numbers include self-adhesive rhinestones, glitter glue, and buttons.
School Name and/or Colors
One easy way to customize a graduation card is with the school name and/or colors. Have fun picking out coordinating scrapbook papers and then hunting for embellishments such as stickers, ribbon, and buttons.
If you use stamps, look for colored ink to match. Consider including additional details about the school such as the mascot and words from the fight song.
Who doesn't enjoy getting the gift of money? Whether you are giving cash, a check, or some sort of gift certificate, consider making a card with a money pocket.
While there is nothing wrong with giving a simple card with a pocket, many of us have received really creative and/or funny money cards over the years. Think about how you can make a money card that will really touch the graduate in some way.
Above is another graduation card tutorial that includes a gift pocket.
A graduation is a perfect occasion for a simple congratulations or celebrate card. You can pair your message with common graduation imagery, such as a cap and gown or owl, or you can pair it with a neutral theme, such as something geometric or spring-related.
Other Inspirational Sayings and Messages
Some additional popular graduation sayings and messages that I found include:
- "Oh the places you'll go . . . " from the Dr. Seuss book. Quotes from this book are frequently used, too.
- "Graduation is not the end, it's the beginning."
- "You did it!"
- "Education is an ornament in prosperity and a refuge in adversity." —Aristotle.
- "Go confidently in the direction of your dreams."
If you are looking for additional card messages, consider quotes about education, general inspiration, and the future.
Pair your homemade graduation greeting card with a thoughtful, unique graduation gift.
- 10 Gift Ideas for High School Graduation
This article has 10 gift ideas for high school graduation. There are a variety of options for price points and personalization. These are great ideas for both family members and friends who are looking to give gifts.