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Graduation Announcements or Graduation Invitations

Most schools limit the number of visitors a student may invite to commencement. Remember these are not Graduation Invitations, but Announcements. Send announcements to family, friends, and professional Acquaintances.

Announcements are intended to spread the good news of your graduation accomplishment. You may write "No gifts, please" at the bottom if you wish to dispel the notion of any obligation for gift giving.

Remember that gifts received can help you get on your feet after graduation, and help pay for expenses associated with moving to a new job.

Envelopes (It is socially correct to use an inner and outer envelope)

The outer envelope, slightly larger, is the mailing envelope. It should be hand-addressed as legibly as you can using black or blue ink. Avoid using abbreviations in the mailing address:

Mr. And Mrs. Jim Whittleberry
400 Hickory Street
Pittsburgh, PA 21742

Return Address Labels help make the outer envelope appear to be printed, they also save you the time of having to hand address all of the envelopes.

The inner envelope, slightly smaller, holds the announcement. Address it informally:

Grandmother, Aunt Cindy and Uncle Frank
Shannon and Steve Smith

Proper Announcement Insertion

Place tissue over the printed text on the inside of the announcement.

If you ordered Personal Note Cards to let people know of a special pinning ceremony or celebration, place these on top of the announcement text.

Place announcement in smaller envelope, folded edge inserted first, with the announcement front facing the flap. You may fasten the flap using an etiquette seal, or leave it un-tucked.

Insert the inner envelope into the mailing envelope with its flap facing the mailing address side.

When to Order

You should order your graduation announcements as early as possible.

You should send your announcements via first class mail two weeks prior to the ceremony.

(Although Signature can print and rush your announcement order up until Graduation, you should order as early as possible.)

If you graduate at midterm you should send your announcements then; that is, once degree requirements have been met.

Sending Thanks

Signature Announcements Optional Thank You Notes have the traditional school logo on the front flap.

A short note of thanks, written by hand, must go to everyone who has sent a gift.

This note should acknowledge the gift and should be sent as promptly as possible:

Dear Grandma Smith,

Thanks so much for the generous graduation gift you sent me. It will be so helpful in setting up my new apartment. I'll drive down to thank you in person as soon as possible.

With much love,


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