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What to write in a graduation thank you card

How to thank those who supported your studies.

What to write in a graduation thank you card

Hats off to you! All your hard work and efforts have paid off and, now the celebrations are over, it’s time to thank those who played a part in your special achievement. Friends, family, teachers – take a moment to write a personal thank you note for any guidance, gifts and loving support you’ve received. We’ve gathered some of our favorite tips and phrases to inspire your flow.

When to send graduation thank you cards

Strictly there’s no rush. After all, you might be heading off on a celebratory trip with friends, setting off on a solo adventure around the globe or starting your first, real job. Whatever you’re getting up to, still try to send your thank yous within one/two months of your ceremony so the event is fairly fresh in everyone’s mind.

Where to send a graduation thank you card to

If you’re writing to friends or family, send the card directly to their home. (We’ll handle this for you – just pop their mailing address in at checkout.) When showing gratitude to teachers, the bakery that created your graduation cake or those you don’t know so well – send to their place of work, e.g. your high school.

What about word count?

It all depends on how close you are to the person and why you’re thanking them. Keep it short and sweet for general messages to thank people for attending your celebration, but for those who’ve given you a huge amount of support or a gift you’ll treasure forever, fill the page with sincere thanks.

Messages for graduation gifts you’ve received

Thank you so much for the monogrammed notebook. It’s such a personal gift and so perfect for starting this new chapter.


Sending a big thank you for my gorgeous graduation gift. I will think of you every time I use it.


I am so touched by your graduation contribution. I’ll put it towards new clothes for my brand new job!

Messages for those who attended your ceremony/celebrations

Huge thanks for coming to my Zoom graduation party! So pleased we could celebrate together even when we’re apart.


Thank you so much for making the effort to travel all that way for my graduation celebrations. It wouldn’t have been the same without you.


You made my graduation day so fun and special. I am so lucky to have such amazing friends and family.

Messages for teacher who guided you

Thank you so much for all your support and guidance over the years. You pushed me to go the extra mile and I’m so grateful.


Just a note to let you know that you have been such an inspiration and really encouraged me to follow my dreams. Thank you for everything.


I can’t thank you enough for all your advice over the past year. You have been such an important mentor and I couldn’t have done this without you.

Messages for friends and family that supported you

Mom & Dad, thank you so much for all your love and support. You really believed in me and I’m so glad I’ve made us all proud.


Thank you so much for being such an incredible friend. I’m so proud of our achievements this past year – now it’s time to party!


You have been the best study partner/best friend anyone could ask for. Thanks a million.

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