Class of 2018: Graduation invitation card printing checklist

May 18, 2018

With 3.6 million students expected to graduate high school this year and more than 2 million expected to graduate college, late May will again be prime time for graduation parties – potentially more than 5 million nationwide! Of course, your only concern is the graduation party you’re planning, and you need guests to make your party a success. Get more guests to your graduation party with the following graduation invitation card printing checklist for 2018.

 free graduation invitation template

Free graduation card template

Graduation invitation card wording

Start by listing all the information you want to include in your graduation invitations. At a minimum, you should have:

  • Graduate name
  • School name
  • Class year
  • Party location
  • Time and date
  • RSVP instructions

In addition, your graduation party invitations might also include:

  • The names of the hosts (often, the graduate’s parents)
  • What the graduate plans to do next (enter college, seek a career, move on to graduate school, etc.)
  • The name of the degree, or a new title (such as MBA or “doctor”)
  • Gift instructions (if gifts are not requested, if there is a gift registry, or if charitable contributions are requested in lieu of gifts)
  • The time, date, and location of the ceremony (in addition to the party)
  • Directions to the location
  • Menu (if a dinner will be served at the party)
  • Special instructions, such as BYOB or bring a lawn chair, etc.

Once you’ve listed everything you’ll include on your graduation cards, you can write your text according to the theme: casual, fun, traditional, formal, etc.

 free graduation card template

Free graduation party invitation template

Graduation invitation design

The next step is to design your graduation invitations. You don’t need to be a graphic designer to make your own graduation invitation cards. All you need are PsPrint’s free graduation invitation templates and our online design tool. Here’s how it works:

  1. Browse the gallery to pick your favorite graduation card template and color scheme
  2. Use the online design tool to add your custom text and upload images – a photo of the graduate, of course, and perhaps the school logo and/or mascot
  3. Save your design and get an instant proof so you can how the printed version will look. Approve the proof and go to print!

If you are a graphic designer, or at least have enough design savvy to create your own graduation invitation cards with design software, you can upload your completed design to our blank invitation card template. It’s an easy way to ensure your artwork will look as amazing in print as it does on your screen.

NOTE: Before you start designing, be sure to decide whether your graduation cards will be folded or unfolded (postcard style).

 free graduation invitation card template

Free graduation invitation template

Graduation invitation printing

Once you’ve finished designing your graduation card, all that’s left to do is print your invitations. Choose a paper stock that meshes with the tone of your graduation party. For example, for a casual party, you might print graduation invitations on a thick 14-point C2S gloss cover stock, which lends a brilliant shine to your artwork. For a formal graduation party, you might opt for 15-point velvet with soft-touch paper stock, which has an elegant sheen and feels soft to the touch. Want to host an eco-friendly graduation party? Go with 13-point 100 percent recycled matte.

In addition to your graduation invitation cards, you might also want to print:

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About Brian Morris

Brian Morris serves in various capacities as a freelance writer, content developer and public relations specialist for growing small businesses. When he’s not writing, he can be found on the racquetball court - usually getting his tail kicked by guys 20 years older.

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