It’s that time of year again. The end of the school year is nearing and for many students, it is the end of one chapter and the beginning of another as they prepare to graduate. It can be an exciting and stressful time. There are plenty of things to do: make sure all of the classes are completed, take those senior pictures, order the cap and gown, and don’t forget to invite all the friends and family to the traditional and ever-so-important commencements.
Those announcements can take a long time. If you are crafty you might consider making homemade graduation announcements, but most people need a quick, easy, and cheap option as well. Making homemade announcements sounds like a lot of work, but it really isn’t in the digital age. Make your computer work for you, and save on both time and money using various graphics you can find online.
The best answer is to spend less than twenty minutes and make a custom graduation announcement. Most photo websites offer thousands of templates to choose from to make the announcement as unique as the soon-to-be graduate, with schemes appropriate for every personality!
Example of basic templates:
- plain colored
- school colors
- sports themes
- bright and bold
It is simple and easy. Just pick a template and then fill out the information, add a couple of pictures and then place the order. Most websites can have them delivered to your door in less than a week and most come with envelopes too. Save time and money? Check!
Here are some things to be sure to include on the graduation announcement:
- Name of Grad
- Graduation Year
- School They are Graduating From
- Any High Honors or Special Awards
- Time and Place of Graduation
- Future Plans (i.e. trade school, service abroad, college etc.)
- Pictures! Everyone loves pictures and of course, mom loves them too
Something else to think about if you seem to constantly be on the go is to have the envelopes come with pre-printed addresses, return address, or even both. This is a great option if you want to keep things really simple.
One last detail most people do not think about is the quality or type of finish to put on the graduation announcement. Different types of cardstock and material can make a big difference in the presentation of the announcement.
- Satin finish- card stock with a slight satin shine
- Matte- card stock with a smooth matte finish (no shine)
- Pearl Finish- pearlescent finish to add some luster
- Premium matte- a thicker type of cardstock with the higher quality matte finish
- Cotton Texture – made from 100% white cotton (eco-friendly), has a slightly textured finish
- Luxe Board – thickest paper for an announcement with a premium matte finish
So, enjoy saving some time, money, and sparing a few grey hairs by simply ordering a customized graduation announcement to celebrate this special occasion for your graduate and invite others to celebrate with you.