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5 Free Graduation Program Templates for MS Publisher

written by: •edited by: Michele McDonough•updated: 5/24/2011

Graduation programs not only let you follow along with a commencement ceremony, but they also make treasured keepsakes. Make yours even more special by creating it yourself using templates in Microsoft Publisher.

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    Why Make Your Own Graduation Programs?

    We're Done! There are many reasons why you might wish to create and print your own graduation programs. Perhaps you are the parent of a preschooler or kindergartener who wants to make a pint-sized graduation a little more special. Maybe your son or daughter is graduating from a small private school or you belong to a group of homeschoolers who wish to honor the graduating seniors with a simple yet meaningful ceremony. On the other hand, you might be a teacher or administrator at a school with a limited budget and are seeking ways to cut costs without diminishing the pomp and circumstance of which your students have dreamed.

    The good news is that, while you certainly can if you are so inclined, you do not have to start from scratch. If you have access to Microsoft Publisher and a decent printer, you can download and modify any of the following graduation program templates to suit your needs. Simply replace the sample text with your school's information, or change everything from the fonts to the colors to the graduation clipart images used. You are limited only by the amount of time you wish to spend on this project and your imagination.

    Each description to follow includes a screenshot of the template. Click on any image to enlarge it for a better look. When you are ready to download a template, click the Download Page link and then click on Download. Once you have downloaded the file, you can open it in Publisher and begin working on it immediately.

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    School Photo Graduation Program

    School Photo Graduation Program If elegant and understated are words that come to mind when you think about how you want your graduation programs to appear, this might be the ideal template for you. The cover of the program is bordered by simple, sleek lines on all four sides and florets in each of the four corners. The center of the cover features text boxes with sophisticated script fonts where you can enter details, such as the name of the school, the graduation year and the date, time and location of the ceremony. In addition, there is a picture placeholder with a shadowed square border. Click on this placeholder to open the Insert Picture window and add a picture of your high school, mascot or another significant photo.

    Download Page: School Photo Graduation Program

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    Graduation Program: Diploma Design

    Graduation Program - Diploma Design This template features a simple diploma design in a light blue color scheme. The front of the program features a blue border down the left side and a clipart diploma in the center. Text boxes on the front make it easy for you to type in details, such as the name of the school, the graduation year and the date, time and location of the ceremony. Inside are text boxes labeled Alma Mater, under which you can type the words to your school's song; Platform Seating, where you can list the ceremony hosts and others seated on the graduation platform; and Program, under which is a sample ceremony program. Of course, you can change or customize these text boxes as you see fit. The back of the program includes text boxes in which you can enter a special thank you note or dedication.

    Download Page: Diploma Design Program Template

     

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    Cap and Diploma Border Design

    Graduation Program: Cap and Diploma Border Design This program is a bit more modern and colorful. The front of the template features a thick, bright blue border with a black mortar board and diploma near the top. The entire center of the border is a text box, so you can easily type in the name of the school, location of the ceremony and other details. Inside are more text boxes. The left interior is bordered with a thin line in the same shade of blue while the right text box is entirely filled in with the hue. These text boxes include headings labeled Alma Mater, under which you can type the words to your school's song; Platform Seating, where you can list the ceremony hosts and others seated on the graduation platform; and Program, under which is a sample ceremony program. Modify or Delete any of the sample text to suit your needs.

    Download Page: Cap and Diploma Border Design

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    Red Bar Design

    Graduation Program Red Bar Design Seeking a more traditional graduation program template? This one features a thick red bar running vertically down the right side of the program cover. The bar, which displays the graduation year also vertical down the page, displays a sample school crest or coat of arms that you can easily replace with your school's crest or logo. You can also select a different color for the bar itself. Inside, the right and left side of the page feature perfectly aligned text boxes with sample text and the back has a gracefully decorated text box for words of thanks or a dedication.

    Download Page: Red Bar Design

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    Ornately Decorated Graduation Program

    Ornately Decorated Graduation Program The final offering in this list might just be the most eye-catching. The front of the program is elaborately decorated in shades of green with borders and boxes and a scrolling background. The interior carries the green theme on with a pale green line and embellishments bordering the left page and a shaded light green background behind the text on the right. Another border and decorations adorn the back of the program, which includes text boxes in which you can enter a special thank you note or dedication.

    Download Page: Ornately Decorated Graduation Program

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    Deciding which commencement program template is the best is strictly a matter of choice. Consider which one best speaks of your school's style and student's sensibility to select the one that is best for you.

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    References

    Source: Author’s own experience

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