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Tips for Wording and Format of Graduation Announcements

written by: •edited by: Michele McDonough•updated: 4/30/2011

You can proudly proclaim your upcoming commencement by creating your own announcements, saving money while incorporating your personal style. If the wording has you stumped, utilize any of the following examples as your own.

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    Consider the Type of Announcement

    Kindergarten Graduation The type of graduation you decide to create and send will likely depend on the person graduating. For instance, the design and wording you might use for a kindergarten graduation would vary greatly from a high school graduation, which would also differ from a law school commencement announcement.

    If you are proudly announcing your child's graduation from preschool or kindergarten, the wording should be simple, short and sweet such as this:

    Growing up goes way too fast.

    Look at how much time has passed!

    Join us for a celebration

    At Jaxson's pre-k graduation.

    A high school or university graduation announcement should be more formal. You have several options, such as using graduation announcement wording that announces a general graduation or one announced by the graduate's parents. Here is an example of a general school announcement.

    We, the Senior Class of

    North Park High School

    proudly announce our

    Commencement Exercises

    on May twenty-ninth two thousand thirteen

    at three o'clock in the afternoon

    at North Park High School’s Auditorium.

    We wish to take this opportunity to thank

    our teachers, school administrators and of course,

    our parents for their support, encouragement and love.

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    Don't Forget the Details

    It is proper graduation etiquette to include the details regarding the time and place of the graduation, particularly if you would like recipients of your announcements to attend the ceremony. Format the wording of these particulars to match the style of the announcement. For instance, if you are creating a formal announcement, use traditional formal wording spelling out the time and date, such as:

    Michael and Mary Ware

    proudly announce the graduation of their son,

    Mortar Board Anthony Christopher Ware

    from St. Joseph's High School

    on Saturday, the twenty-fifth of May, Two thousand and thirteen

    at six o'clock in the evening

    at the Appleton Community Center

    For a more casual announcement, you can write dates and times using numbers rather than spelling them all out.
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    Make It Your Own

    We're Done! Although many graduates send out formal, traditional graduation announcements, since you are creating your own announcements you can incorporate your own -- or your graduate's -- personality and sense of humor. Here are some verses you can add to your standard announcement wording to make it a little more fun or meaningful.

    Time to party and have some fun.

    Justin's homework is finally done!

    ______________________________________

    Madalyn thinks the tassle

    Was surely worth the hassle.

    ______________________________________

    It is a time

    To peer into our futures

    While fondly looking back at our past

    Your graduation announcement wording can be whatever you want it to be, within reason. Make sure that the words you choose are tasteful, positive and thoughtful. Putting all of these pieces together, you are sure to create truly custom and memorable announcements.

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    References

    Sources:

    Emily Post www.emilypost.com/social-life/celebrations-through-life/82-graduation

    Herff Jones www.herffjones.com/college/announcements/etiquette

    Image Credits:

    Kindergarten Graduation: Flickr Creative Commons/rdeetz

    Mortar Board: sxc.hu/renata jun

    Graduates: sxc.hu/KATI GARNER