21 Elegant and Simple Graduation Announcement Templates

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With graduation season just around the corner now is the time to start preparing your graduation announcements (and make some sweet graduation leis). 

Graduation announcements are a simple way to let people know what you've achieved. Whether it's graduating high school, college, nursing school, or a trade or vocational program, a graduation ceremony is something to celebrate and share.

Elegant Graduation Announcement Templates

Way back when I was sending these out I didn't understand why we sent out graduation announcements and graduation invitations. But now, it makes perfect sense.

Graduation announcements typically go to people who live farther away, friends and family members who won't be coming to any party but still want to know what's going on in your life.

Graduation invitations on the other hand, are sent to people who you'd like to come to any kind of graduation party or celebration you're having. You can also send out graduation ceremony invitations but these aren't as common since most schools limit the number of tickets each student receives.

Below you'll find a variety of graduation announcements along with my top three favorite picks. All of these recommendations come from Zazzle, which is one of my favorite places to shop for invitations and other templates. 

On their website it's incredibly easy to customize the templates with your information. If you've never used Zazzle before and want a quick tutorial on how to personalize designs just click the plus sign below and it will expand.

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My Favorite Grad Announcement Templates

After sifting through hundreds of graduation announcement templates, these are my top 3 all time favorites.

1. Scripted Grad Graduation Announcement 



3. Distressed Wood Grad Photo Announcement - I love the distressed wood framing on this announcement. The back is a one color with a few details about where and when they are graduating.

Script Graduation Invite Templates

4. Bold Script Class of Graduation Announcement Card - If you're looking for an incredibly simple graduation announcement this is it. The front of the card can include their name and where they're graduating from. The back of the card is a simple polka-dot pattern.

Bold Script Class of Graduation Announcement Card

5. Enchanting Grad Photo Announcement - This fun grad announcement template includes another smaller photo on the back along with space for basic details about where and when they'll be graduating.

6. Chic Typography Graduation Announcement - Big, bold typography is definitely a trend I'm loving. 


7. Free and Focused | Graduation Announcement - I really like this invitation. The framing on the front just takes it one step above a lot of the other designs I've looked at. The back of the card includes one additional picture and some details about the graduate.


8. Rose gold typography marble photo graduation announcement - Stand out in their mail box with this elegant rose gold and marble graduation announcement.

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9. Modern rose gold typography graduation photo navy announcement - Another gorgeous rose gold  script typography grad announcement. The back of this card has a simple navy pattern.


Photo Collage Grad Announcement Templates

11. 4 Photo Collage Hand Lettered Script Graduation Announcement - I like the collage aspect of this template. You could use four different pics from their senior picture photo session or, you could post 4 different pics of them as they grew up.


12. Proud Grad | Graduation Announcement | Dark - Most of the templates I share tend towards lighter colors but if you're looking for something a bit darker this two picture card is perfect.


13. Graduation Photo Collage Easy DIY Template - Get some use out of all those senior pictures you took with this three collage template. The back of the card is gold diagonal stripes.


14. Graduate Script 4 Photos Graduation Announcement - Maybe I should have put this up in my top three. I absolutely love the look. This is a fantastic college graduation announcement.



16. Monogram Seal Modern Photo Collage Graduation Announcement - I really like the seal used on this announcement. It's completely different from nearly every announcement I've seen.

Monogram Seal Modern Photo Collage Graduation Announcement
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Postcard Grad Announcements

17. Three Picture Graduation Announcement Card - I'll admit, I hadn't even thought about doing postcards as graduation announcements until I saw this.



19. Personalized Photo Graduation Save the Date Announcement Postcard - If you have people you'd like to invite to your grad party or ceremony, a save the date postcard could be a good option.

No Picture Graduation Announcement Templates



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