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What to Write in a Graduation Card

What to write in a graduation card

Graduation time is always an exciting time. Years of hard work, sacrifice, and commitment has gone into making the day a reality. And as friends or family of the graduand, we always want to express our pride and joy by sending a congratulatory message. So let’s go through a few tips and examples that would help you know what to write in your graduation card.

I hope you find the ideas helpful regardless of whether it is a high school graduation, diploma, program certificate, or professional designation.

Tips on what to write in a graduation card

• Congratulate them for their hard work over the years. Talk about how proud you are of them and their success.
• If you know something about the graduate that calls for some extra celebration (a job offer on the table, graduating top of the class, a scholarship for further study, being the family’s first graduate), this is a perfect time to call that out.
• Share some inspiration and advice to help them as they begin the new phase of life. Try to keep it simple. Inspirational quotes can come in handy here.
• Wish them well as they embark on their next adventure. This could be a general wish or something more specific that speaks to what they would be pursuing next. For example: job search, further study, or if they would be traveling abroad.


What to Write in a Graduation Card: Say Congratulations

Let’s dive into how to use these tips by looking at some congratulatory messages:

  • You deserve all the success coming your way, Dave. Bravo!
  • What you’ve achieved is incredible and I’m so grateful to have a smart, successful friend like you.
  • Congratulations on completing your degree in flying colors, Alex!
  • You believed you could. And you did. Congratulations!
Graduation card message
  • Betty, your hard work, dedication, and sacrifice brought you this huge success. So, enjoy all the plaudits coming your way today. You deserve it!
  • What you’ve achieved is no mere feat. So, take pride in how far you have come. Congratulations Sam!
  • You came, you saw, and you conquered. A big congratulations to you, John!
  • Today is all about celebrating the genius that you are. Congratulations!
  • Abbey, it’s taken you four years to arrive at this day. For all the years of hard work, you finally get a payoff. So enjoy the celebration & a big congratulations to you!
  • The harder the fight, the sweeter the victory. I hope you savor all the sweetness that comes with this victory of yours. Congratulations on graduating summa cum Claude, Justin!
  • You deserve more than a day of celebration for the hard work you’ve put in over the last few years. So, keep celebrating for as long as you desire. You have earned it!
  • I cannot begin to imagine all that you’ve had to endure to make it to the finish line. You are a champion! Enjoy your success. Congratulations!
  • Against all odds, you have achieved this great success. So, don’t ever let anyone tell you that you cannot do great things. Neither you nor anyone else can imagine what you can accomplish once you set your mind to it. Congratulations!

What to Write in a Graduation Card: Send Well Wishes for The Future

  • Congrats, Dave! I wish you an exciting future!
  • You made it Spencer! Congrats and best wishes on your next adventure.
  • Your graduation is a perfect opportunity to celebrate your growth in the last few years. Today is the result of your commitment to becoming a better person each year. I can only see you excelling in the days ahead. Kudos, Sam!
graduation message that says "congrats"
  • Congratulations on receiving your high school diploma. This is just the beginning. There is so much more in store for you. Way to go!
  • Flipped the tassel! Congratulations on this landmark achievement. Cheers to many more successes in life!
  • A hearty congratulations as you draw the curtain on this phase of your life. I’m excited to see what the new chapter holds for you.
  • I hope your heart is filled with gratitude for all you have been able to accomplish and hope for all that the future holds. Congratulations Sam!
  • Congratulations on this outstanding success. I just cannot wait to see how you would set the world on fire. Cheers to many more achievements to come!

Graduation Greetings for Family

Whether the graduate is your brother, sister, son, daughter, or some other close relative, you probably know some inside story about their life or academic journey. Inject some of that into your congratulatory message to add an extra layer of personality into your greetings. Here are a few ideas:

  • Very few people know how much you have put into getting your degree – the hard work, sleepless nights, and hours in the library. You deserve this accolade. I’m so proud of you bro!
  • Dear [son/daughter], your mom and I are so proud of the [man/woman] you have become. We gave you so little and yet you have made so much out of your life. We are genuinely proud of you. Congratulations!
graduation family pictures
  • Isaac, I can hardly think of a lot of things I truly enjoy as much as I love celebrating you. Congratulations on this milestone!
  • Felix, your dad and I are so proud of your achievement today. Congratulations!”
  • What you’ve achieved is incredible and I’m so grateful to have a smart, successful [brother/sister] like you.”
  • Franklin, I feel so privileged to have been there to watch you grow into the woman you are today. You are bold, strong, kind, brilliant, and beautiful. And now, you’ve added a degree to that. You’re just a star!
  • Your journey to today hasn’t been without challenges. But you have always found a way to climb over, tunnel under, or work around whatever obstacle comes your way. And for that reason, I feel so proud to celebrate your success. Congrats Dave!
  • We feel so privileged to have taken the front seat as we’ve watched you evolve into the brilliant person that you are today. We have always been proud of you but today, we feel especially proud. Bravo!
  • Coleen, I loved celebrating this milestone achievement and I look forward to celebrating many more successes. Keep going!

What to Write in a Graduation Card: Inspiring Messages/Quotes/Advice

  • “Don’t just get involved. Fight for your seat at the table. Better yet, fight for a seat at the head of the table.” – Barack Obama
  • “Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.” – Henry David Thoreau
college graduation quotes
  • “The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” – Eleanor Roosevelt
  • “I wish you the strength to face challenges with confidence along with the wisdom to choose your battles carefully. I wish you adventure on your journey and may you always stop to help someone along the way. Listen to your heart and take risks carefully. Remember how much you are loved. I am so proud of you!” -Patsy Gaut
  • Today marks the end of college life as you knew it. But regardless of what the new phase brings, remember that everything in your life including your time in college has prepared you for your future. Let your success today inspire you to go for more. You are born to win!
  • “Good things come to people who wait, but better things come to those who go out and get them.” – Anonymous
  • It’s not just the degree that you’re getting today. College has prepared you to be independent, resourceful, work with others, motivate yourself to pursue your dreams, and most importantly to never give up on your goals. So, go into the future knowing that you are prepared to take life on. Wishing you success.
university graduation quotes

Funny Graduation Wishes

  • “You can either have a life, grades, or sleep. I’m so glad you picked no. 2. Congratulations!”
  • In case you did not know, the last few years of school was just the appetizer. Now comes the main meal. Enjoy!
  • Guard that certificate with your life. It’s the only thing you have to prove for what you’ve been doing with your life the last [four/five] years.
  • Congratulations on getting through the easier part of life!
  • I just want to wish you all the best with paying off your college loan. You’ll definitely need it. Lol. On a more serious note, congratulations!

Warm Closings

  • Congratulations!
  • With love and pride
  • With love
  • Your sister, brother, dad, mom
  • Best wishes for your future
  • Super proud of you
  • I love you
  • Bravo!
  • You did it!

Here’s a Pinterest friendly photo that you can save to your board…so you can quickly pull out this post when it’s time to write to your favorite new grad.

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