Hats off to the graduates!
Graduation is one of the most significant life milestones. Years of hard work — enduring those early morning lectures with a hangover, spending hours in the library surrounded by stacks of books and still being overwhelmed with test anxiety, or even spreading oneself too thin to afford college tuition. All culminate in this very moment. Whether the fresh grads in your life are earning a diploma, a program certificate, a university degree, or even a fancy new job title, they all deserve some warm and thoughtful words of praise and encouragement on graduation day.
Maybe you're having one of those "Class of everyone" years where you have to send out a lot of graduation cards, or perhaps you simply want some fresh ideas on what to write on a graduation card for a special person. Either way, instead of racking your brain over an appropriate graduation congratulation message, use our handy guide below for plenty of ideas to put on your graduation card this year.
If you’re one of those graduates who are showered with endless congratulations and gifts and hugs on this graduation day, you will also find below some thoughtful words to write your thank you card in the most sincere way.
#1 How to write a proud graduation message to a family member
When a family member graduates, whether it's your sibling, your child, your niece or nephew, your cousin, or even your parents, you may want to add a touch of warmth, pride, and even a bit of advice to the message. It’s no better time to tell them just how well they’ve done, how proud you are, and how exciting their next adventure will be.
“We are proud of your accomplishments, but we are much more proud of the person you have become.”
“Take pride in how far you've come. Have faith in how far you can go.”
“You've been through a lot to get here, but you're finally here, and I couldn't be more proud of you.”
“You've worked so hard to get here, and I just know you're going to go out into the world and continue to do incredible things.”
“It has been an honor to watch you grow into the person you are today. I can't wait to see where your journey takes you next.”
#2 How to write a happy, witty graduation message to a friend
Graduation, the big and joyful moment of your friend’s life, is also an ideal opportunity to crack a joke at the graduate’s expense. Especially if he or she is holding a degree certificate in one hand and a glass of champagne in the other at an epic graduation party, the funny messages below are sure to let them and everybody else has a good laugh.
“Congratulations! You are now officially one degree hotter than before.”
“We're all extremely proud of you buddy. You're going to buy the beer now that you've earned your degree, right?”
“Isn't it amazing how far people can go when they have Google and Wikipedia around to guide them? You did an amazing job, my friend!”
“Congratulations on meeting the minimum employment requirement dude!”
“Who would have imagined that you'd be a graduate in just four years? I lost a bet. That was way faster than I had anticipated.”
"You will never have more energy or enthusiasm, hair, or brain cells than you have today." - Tom & Ray Magliozzi
"If they can make penicillin out of moldy bread, they can surely make something out of you." - Muhammad Ali
“To those of you who received honors, awards, and distinctions, I say well done. And to the C students, I say you too may one day be president of the United States.” - George W. Bush
#3 How to write an inspiring graduation message to any fresh grad in your life
The luxury of having a syllabus telling you what to do and expect during your college career is something lots of students take for granted. Now, leaving that all behind, these sweet, short, and inspiring messages will help them navigate the road ahead in the next chapter of their lives.
“Life is a journey, and you are the only one holding the map. Congratulations and keep on going.”
“Graduation does not mark the end of a challenging journey. It's the start of a wonderful one. Get ready to take on the world!”
“Don’t be afraid. Be focused. Be determined. Be hopeful. Be empowered.” – Michelle Obama
“You get in life what you have the courage to ask for.” - Oprah Winfrey
“Go forth and set the world on fire.” — St. Ignatius Loyola
“Whatever you choose for a career path, remember the struggles along the way are only meant to shape you for your purpose.” - Chadwick Boseman
“Yes, there will be pitfalls, mountains, and glass ceilings, but you're going to get across it.” - Debbie Allen
“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” - Eleanor Roosevelt
Bonus: What to write in a thank-you card for family & friends
You’re on the receiving end of a graduation card this year and are still a bit surprised at how much others care about you and want to wish you well? When the confetti finally settles, you might want to compose some graduation thank-you notes for them. A text message or a social media post might work as well, but a thank-you card will go a long way and serve as a reminder of how much you value your relationship with the gift giver. Read on for some good guidance for a perfect thank-you note.
“Thank you for joining me in celebrating my college graduation. Your kindness and thoughtfulness are very much appreciated.”
“Warning: It is not a thank-you card. It’s a hug with a fold in it. Love you much.”
“Thank you so much for the graduation gift and the lovely message, but seeing you was the real treat on that day. I can’t wait to see you all again soon.”
“Words cannot express how much your graduation gift and heartfelt words meant to me. Thank you so much!”
“These four years have passed by in a blur. Thank you for celebrating the graduation with me. I couldn't have done it without you.”
“Thank you for being that kind touch on my graduation day.”
Planning a graduation surprise gift & celebration for a special one?
You know, it usually takes a lot of blood, sweat, tears, and cup noodles to get through college and make it to graduation day. With a perfect graduation card, don’t forget a thoughtful gift box to send them on their way. Head to our Graduation Gift Delivery Guide for more ideas to make the occasion extra special!
Congratulations, class of 2023! You did it!