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What to Write: 55 Graduation Messages for Cards

greetings card inspiration Published Jul 08, 2024

They've studied hard for the last few years and finally their big day is here. It can be tricky to know what to write in a graduation card, so that's where we come in. We hear you asking, "What is a nice message for a graduation card?" That's why we've gathered a list of graduation messages, well wishes and quotes, from funny to sentimental.

Whether you're looking for inspirational quotes to add to your son or daughter's graduation card, or it's a message for a brother, sister or grandchild when you cannot be at their graduation, we've got you covered. Perhaps you need a sweet message for a friend's graduation, or a funny graduation message to make your bestie chuckle. It's so important to get the tone right when writing in a graduation card, so read on for our top tips. 

 A laser cut congratulations card, personalised with a name. Card has the words "Well Done!" in a script font

Short and Sweet Graduation Messages

  • Happy Graduation Day!
  • With love and pride today and always.
  • The tassel was worth the hassle!
  • Adventure awaits!
  • Congratulations, you smashed it!
  • You did it! Congrats!
  • Nothing can stop you now.
  • Dream big, Name! You can achieve anything you put your mind to. 
  • Well done! Such a brilliant achievement. 
  • Oh, the places you’ll go! Congrats on your graduation
  • So proud of you! 
  • Congratulations! No one deserves this more.
  • Here's to your next adventure.
  • Enjoy your special day because you’ve earned it!
  • This calls for a celebration! Congratulations!
  • As you exit this period of hard work, remember to take the time to relax!
  • It means so much to be a part of your graduation day!

A cut out graduation card personalised with a name in a banner

Sentimental Graduation Wishes

  • Your graduation is a testament to your hard work and dedication. Congratulations to the hardest-working person I know.
  • Be proud of this moment, and know you deserve all the successes you work toward.
  • The greatest gift you can give someone is believing in them. And you have a whole team of people who believe in you.
  • Take pictures. Take your time celebrating. Take it easy for a while. Then get ready to take on the world!
  • You will never know what you're capable of unless you try.
  • I'm so happy to share in the joy and excitement of your big day.
  • This milestone is just a steppingstone for more successes to come!
  • Graduation isn’t the end of a tough journey. It is the beginning of a beautiful one. Enjoy every moment. 
  • My dear friend, you can achieve anything you want in life. Believe in yourself the same way we believe in you.

Inspirational Graduation Quotes

  •  "Don't be afraid. Be focused. Be determined. Be hopeful. Be empowered." —Michelle Obama
  • "You’re braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think."  Carter Crocker, Pooh's Grand Adventure: The Search for Christopher Robin
  • "It is in your hands to create a better world for all who live in it.” —Nelson Mandela
  • “The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.”   Eleanor Roosevelt
  • “Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life.”  Steve Jobs
  • “Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.”  Henry David Thoreau
  • "Follow your passion. It will lead you to your purpose."  Oprah Winfrey
  • “Education is our passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to the people who prepare for it today.”  Malcolm X
  • “I encourage you to live with life. Be courageous, adventurous. Give us a tomorrow, more than we deserve.” — Maya Angelou
  • Your imagination is your preview of life’s coming attractions.”  Albert Einstein

A paper cut celebration card that is personalised with a name and reads "So very proud of you"

Funny Graduation Messages

  • All that work for a piece of paper? Congratulations on your graduation!
  • What now? That is the question.
  • I can’t wait to hear your name horribly mispronounced at the graduation ceremony.
  • Now that you've got to start repaying your student loan, do you wish you'd chosen a more useful subject? Seriously though, super happy for you! Congrats!
  • Did you ever think this day would come? Neither did we!
  • My deepest condolences on the end of your college life.
  • Happy Graduation, now go get a job
  • Congrats on a new super expensive piece of paper. 
  • Despite losing my bet, congratulations on your graduation.
  • Let the adulting begin!
  • As you graduate, let's just take a moment to express gratitude for those that helped you on this journey- Google, Wikipedia, coffee and energy drinks. 
  • You did it! Now go walk across that stage, in your weird hat and wizard robe, into your future. 
  • Welcome to the real world. Trust me, it’s not what you think.

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Sweet Graduation Wishes for Friends

  • It’s a beautiful thing, watching my friend grow up and get one step closer to her dreams. Congratulations. 
  • To my friend, you are an inspiration and example to me and everyone else alike. Well done and congratulations on this amazing achievement.  
  • I am so proud of you on your journey so far, and so excited for your future! May we face it together with laughter and joy.
  • I’m beyond proud to be friends with someone so smart. Congratulations on your graduation.
  • It's been an honour to be with you on this rollercoaster of a journey. Thanks for an unforgettable three years at university together. Now it's on to the next chapter and I can't wait to see what comes next for us both!
  • You've come so far! It feels like only yesterday that we were at school, but look at you now! Congratulations to my incredible friend. 

 Our Top Tips for Graduation Cards

1- Make it personal. Include specific achievements or special memories. 

2- Add a quote or short, meaningful saying.

3- Base your choices on what sort of person they are. It sounds obvious, but think about whether they will appreciate a funny card, or is something more sentimental appropriate? Are they into bright, bold colours or are they more of a pastels person? 

4- If you're not able to make it to their special day and they invited you, acknowledge this with a little "I'm so sorry I can't be with you to celebrate. Have a drink for me!" or "Wishing I could be there, we'll celebrate next time I see you"


And if you're after a unique, special graduation card, made in the UK by excellent humans, look no further! Here is the link to our collection of graduation cards.

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