What You Need to Know About College Graduation Announcements

What You Need to Know About College Graduation Announcements
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    Graduating from college is a big deal — for you, for your parents as well as for your extended family and friends.

    Many people probably know that you’re about to graduate, but without a formal announcement they may miss that information.


Sending college graduation announcements out is still important in these days of Internet communication.


Sending out graduate announcements is a time honored way to inform people about your accomplishment. Some people may feel uncomfortable with sending them, worrying that they’re doing so in order to solicit a gift.

Receiving a gift, typically money is common, but it shouldn’t be your concern. Rather, you should be an opportunity to share your good news. It can also serve as an invitation to invite people to your graduation ceremony or graduation party.


Graduation announcements are typically professionally printed and ordered several weeks before graduation to offset the flood in graduate traffic. Anticipate how may announcements you will send, ordering several extras to keep on hand just in case of mistakes and as keepsakes.

The announcement should include your full name, the name of your school, your college major and the date of your graduation. If you are receiving honors or some other special recognition, that should be mentioned too.


Graduation notices include two envelopes: a smaller one to hold the announcement and a larger one to hold the smaller envelope. You’ll also need stamps to send your notices out. You might also include stamps on the return envelope. Include a graduation photograph, if desired.

On the envelope address each person individually. Avoid using stickers — handwritten is best. Include the complete address, your return address and the stamp for mailing purposes.

Place the smaller envelope with the invitation and your photograph in the bigger envelope with the front of the envelope facing the back of the larger envelope. Close and seal each one. When you’re ready to mail the announcements, place them in your mailbox or take them to the post office.


If you absolutely do not want to receive gifts, you can state “no gifts please” on the announcement. It is understood that gifts are not required, but not everyone knows this.

Send your graduation announcements out at least two weeks before the graduation date. This gives recipients enough time to respond. You might also consider sending out announcements soon after you graduate if you prefer to tell people after the fact.

See AlsoHow to Announce Your College Graduation


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