What to Write in a High School Graduation Card

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If you're celebrating a favorite high school senior's milestone, between planning or attending a graduation party and searching for the right gift, you might be looking for advice for graduation cards. Whatever your grad decides to do next, words of encouragement and happiness are always appreciated. A graduation card with the right message is the perfect way to show how much you care about the next chapter in your grad's life.

Picking Out a Card

When you shop for a graduation card, you don’t necessarily need to find a pre-printed one with the exact message you want to write already printed on the card. Instead, it's perfectly fine graduation etiquette to find a blank one, make one yourself, or simply find a pre-printed card and write your own message. It’s important to personalize the card to make it feel more like the message is from you, not a card company. Writing a personal note makes a big difference.

Show Support

Some say graduation is the big moment when adult life begins. Graduating can be a scary step for high school seniors and while it’s necessary for them to take those first steps post-high-school on their own, it will help them tremendously if they know they have support when they need it. When you write a message for your grad, make sure they understand that you support them as they take these new steps and you’ll always be there if they need you.

Motivate Them

As your friend or family member graduates from high school, they may be planning to undertake something big in the next phase of their life and motivation can be key. You can motivate them by boosting their confidence, even in a card. Tell them your favorite thing about them, what you admire them for, and what you see as their biggest strengths. They'll look back at your thoughtful message when they are in need of encouragement anytime they may struggle while on this journey. The more detailed, the more motivational your message will be.

Offer Advice

If you have graduated high school yourself, include a piece of guiding advice in your graduation card. Here are three questions that may generate some meaningful answers that can help your favorite graduate tremendously as they join the real world after high school:

  • What did you learn after high school that you can relay to your grad?
  • Did you make mistakes right after graduation that you wish you knew how to handle better back then?
  • What or who helped you after graduation and in what way that may inspire your grad's path?

What to Write in a Graduation Card

Whether the grad is a family member, friend, or co-worker, make sure your message is positive. Here are a few inspirational sentences and ideas to start off a graduation card:

  • I am so proud of you for reaching this goal! I wish you well in all of your future endeavors.
  • Congratulations, graduate! This is just the beginning. I truly admire how driven you are and I know you will be successful in whatever you put your mind to.
  • Happy graduation! Remember to always stay true to yourself in trying times.
  • Congratulations! As you face the real world, know that I am always a phone call or text away if you ever need support.
  • Pride doesn’t do it justice. Congrats, grad! Now it’s time for you to show the world what you can do. Always keep your eye on the prize.
  • Here we go! I can’t wait to see what you do with your life.
  • I’m so happy for you for reaching this milestone. Now go get ‘em!
  • Congratulations. Whatever you decide to do next, I will be here for you.

Quotes About Graduation

Pertinent quotes in a graduation card can help you put advice into words and make your words of support even more meaningful. The quote you write in your graduation card might even become the recipient’s favorite and most memorable quote. Here are some ideal quotes for graduation cards:

  • ”Your education is a dress rehearsal for a life that is yours to lead.” - Nora Ephron
  • “Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.” - Henry David Thorough
  • “She believed she could, so she did.” - R.S. Grey
  • “Sometimes you find out what you are supposed to be doing by doing the things you are not supposed to do.” - Oprah Winfrey
  • “Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life.” - Steve Jobs