What to Write in a High School Graduation Card

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After years of schooling, it’s finally time for graduation. It’s a ceremony signifying the end of one of life’s chapters and the beginning of a new one. The new chapter is often filled with exciting adventures and lots of growth, whether that means heading off to college, establishing a career, or embracing a new lifestyle.

Graduating from high school is a major milestone. Whatever your favorite graduate decides to do next, they need some words of encouragement and happiness to help them reach their goals. Advice is always appreciated, too. Sending them a graduation card is the perfect way to show how much you care about them and their future.

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 in the card. Instead, you can 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 start of one’s adult life. That’s a big moment. When you write a message for your favorite graduate, make sure they understand that you support them as they take these new steps and you’ll always be there if they need you.

Graduating can be a scary step for high school seniors and while it’s necessary for them to take their first steps post-high-school on their own, it will help them tremendously if they know they have support when they need it.

Motivate Them

As your friend or family member graduates from high school, they may be planning to undertake something big. That could be going off to their dream college in a new-to-them town or living in their first house without their parents. Either way, they need motivation.

With your message in their graduation card, you can motivate them by boosting their confidence. Tell them your favorite thing about them—for example, let them know if you admire their persistence or tenacity. That way, they can look back at your thoughtful message when they are in need of motivation 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, you should include a piece of advice in your graduation card. What did you learn after high school? Did you make mistakes? What helped you along the way? Answers to these questions may help your favorite graduate tremendously as they join the real world after high school.

What to Write in a Graduation Card

The message you write should not depend on your relationship with the recipient. Whether they are a family member, a friend, or a co-worker, they all deserve positive words of affirmation for this big event.
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 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 can improve your message in a graduation card significantly. Quotes 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 quote as they go through life. When you choose a quote, it’s important to be thoughtful and use one that makes sense in the situation. Also, always make sure you credit the person you are quoting.

  • ”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