Graduation Invitation Wording Samples & Etiquette Tips

Whether you’re gathering friends and family for a high school, college, or graduate school graduation, you will need graduation invitations inscribed perfect graduation invitation wording.

Your graduation invitations should provide guests with essential details regarding commencement exercises and any parties being held after the ceremony. It will also be nice to include your major, any honors you’ll be graduating with, and any other noteworthy achievements or future plans in your graduation invitation wording too.

In all graduation invitations it’s necessary to include the whens, wheres, and whats, but how that information is displayed will vary, depending on how formal or casual the ceremony or party will be. Let these inspiring graduation invitation wording samples and tips help you find the perfect inscription for your graduation invites.

Navy Photo Collage Graduation Invitation
Navy Photo Collage Graduation Invitation

Graduation Invitation Wording: Ceremony

Your graduation ceremony invitations should definitely include when and where your ceremony will be and what you are graduating in, but the way you organize that information is entirely up to you.

If you want to relay your big news in a formal way, try spelling out all abbreviations, dates, and times. If you want your graduation ceremony invitation for be more on the informal side, feel free to abbreviate things and use colorful, fun wording.

Here are few examples of informal and formal graduation invitation wording you can use to get started. If you’re looking for graduation invitation wording specifically for high schoolcollege, or graduate school, follow the links provided for more graduation wording samples.


You’re cordially invited to the

Graduation Ceremony of Katie Page

at the University of Wisconsin

03/03/2019 5:00 p.m.

Katie will be graduating from the University of Wisconsin

with a Master of Arts in English Language and Letters

Commencement Exercises will take place in the Greenwood Auditorium

You’re also welcome to join us for an informal party afterwards at our home

Please RSVP: 999.999.999 or


Please join us for the graduation ceremony of

Kathryn Anne Jones

Commencement Exercises will be held

03.03.2019 at 3:00 p.m.

Kathryn will be graduating top of her class with a

Master of Arts in Business Administration

Please join us as she accepts her diploma and afterwards for a formal dinner at our home.

Contact (insert name) with questions or to RSVP



You’re warmly invited to

William Johnathan Smith’s

High School Graduation Ceremony

04.04.2019 at 4:00 pm

Roosevelt High School Auditorium

Let’s surround William with family, friends, and love on this special day!

We’ll be celebrating all his hard word and dedication at a

graduation party after the ceremony at our home.

Group Graduation BBQ Party Invitation
Group Graduation BBQ Party Invitation

Maria Ann Stone

will be graduating with honors with a

Masters Degree in Creative Writing


Please join us for her graduation ceremony at

Fisher Plaza at 2:00 p.m.

Come celebrate her milestone accomplishment after the ceremony with us at a

Surprise Graduation Party

Party will begin at 5:00 p.m. at

Rosemary’s house — 2nd Ave. Seattle, WA

Please come early and RSVP with Rosemary at 333.333.3333

Graduation Invitation Wording: Party

Although it’s fine to include your graduation party details on your graduation ceremony invitations, sometimes it’s appropriate to send separate invitations.

For instance when your guests list is limited and you can only invite so many family and friends to your graduation ceremony, it’s a good idea to order separate graduation party invitations that only include details about the post-ceremony celebration.

In addition to your graduation party details, it will also be nice to state your major, any honors you’ll be graduating with, and your future plans. Here are some graduation party wording samples you can use for inspiration.


Carrie Williams is finally graduating!

All of her hard work has paid off and she’s now officially a graduate school grad!

We’re holding a graduation party in her honor to celebrate her milestone achievement.

Please join us: 02.02.2019 at 7:00 p.m.

333 Second Ave., Seattle, WA


Join us as we celebrate

James William Blake’s

Graduation from Garfield High School

On Friday, April Fourth, Two Thousand Fifteen at Five in the Evening

We are holding a dinner in honor of his milestone achievement at

Fine Dining Restaurant

Please come dressed in formal attire

Green Chalkboard Booklet Graduation Invitation
Green Chalkboard Booklet Graduation Invitation


It’s time to celebrate!

Johanna Bethany Smith is now a graduate!

Join us for her graduation party

03.20.2015 at 7:00 pm at

Rosmary’s Vineyards

After four long years of hitting the books, Johanna has finally received her

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Digital Media

Let us shower her with love, best wishes, and congratulations on this special day!


Let’s Party!

We are excited to announce the graduation of

Timothy William Gates

Please join us for a graduation celebration that we’ll be holding in his honor at our home

on 01.01.2014 at 7:00 p.m.

Please RSVP with Karen at 888.888.8888 by 12.20.19

Graduation Invitation Wording: Etiquette, Tips, & FAQs

Hopefully you found the above graduation invitation wording samples helpful! Now here are some answers to graduation etiquette FAQs you can use to ensure your milestone event goes accordingly.

Who should you invite to your graduation ceremony?

The first thing you will want to do when determining the guest list for your graduation ceremony is to check with your school to see if there’s a limit on how many people you can invite, especially if you’re graduating from a  large college. Some schools will limit the amount of people you can invite, so check in before sending your invitations.

After you have a number, invite family and friends that are closest to you. If there are too many, try limiting your list further by selecting people who you think live close and will enjoy the ceremony. It’s okay if you can’t invite everyone.

You can either send loved ones you don’t invite to the ceremony a graduation announcement or you can invite them to graduation party after your ceremony so they can still share in the excitement and fun of your special day. And if you’re worried certain family and friends will be offended if they weren’t invited to the ceremony, just make a note on your announcement or party invitations that state you could only invite so many people.

When should I send my graduation invitations?

You should send your graduation ceremony invitations and graduation party invitations out 14 days prior to the event.

Should I purchase separate graduation ceremony and graduation party invitations? 

If your school is small and is allowing you to invite as many guests as you like to your graduation, then by all means include your graduation party details and graduation ceremony details on one invite. Check out to view their collection of customizable graduation party invitations. If your school is large and you can invite only so many guests, you will need to purchase separate graduation party invitations for the guests that are not invited to the graduation ceremony but are invited to the party afterwards.

Hopefully you found these graduation invitation wording samples and etiquette tips helpful! Is there anything we missed? Please let us know via the comment section below! We would love to hear your feedback! Good luck planning for your graduation ceremony and party!


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