Category: Graduation Ideas

These graduation ideas help you plan a memorable graduation party from the graduation announcements to the graduation party decorations!

Congratulations on your nursing degree; what a wonderful profession you have chosen! Now it’s time to celebrate you and your future career so check out these nursing graduation party ideas for making the celebration fun and special!

Up First: Announcements

Every celebration starts with an invitation! Of course, an occasion as special as graduating with a nursing degree deserves professionally printed announcements that reflect such a significant accomplishment. The Nursing Degree Graduation Announcements feature a traditional design in faux gold foil on the front and four different layout choices on the back. You can even choose to have one or more photos featured on the back.

Next: Decorations

We chose a black and gold theme with some gold glitter accents like the table confetti from Etsy. Sprinkle this confetti on your party tables and maybe add a few photos, and guests will have something to browse as they mingle. We also LOVE the Mylar balloons with nursing designs from Amazon because they’re affordable and they add flair to any nursing graduation party.

And Finally! A Sweet Finish

Dessert is really the best part of any party, right? Whether you choose a classic but affordable sheet cake from your local grocery store or something fancy from your local master baker, make sure whatever you get celebrates your accomplishment. The layered cake shown has an awesome cake topper in gold glitter personalized with the graduate’s first name. What a great way to celebrate this very special occasion!


Photo Credits: Nursing Balloons: Amazon, Cake Topper: Etsy, Graduate Photo: Aubrie Annmarie Photography, Confetti: Etsy

Choosing thank you notes can be tough with SO MANY choices out there, but we can help make it easier through simple process of elimination! You know you want photo thank you cards, so the real question is…

How many of the Senior photos are can’t-live-without favorites?

Answer #1: Multiple! Choosing one or two favorites has been killer!

You need a photo collage, for sure. Did you know you can fit eight photos on one thank you card? That’s a lot and it still looks AMAZING. The Photo Squares Graduation Thank You Cards give you the personalization you want along with room for multiple photos so you don’t have to drop any of your favorites.

Answer #2: A couple shots I really want to share!

You’ve got style, and your Senior photos show it so make sure your thank you cards do too. The Photo Booth Graduation Thank You Cards are super cute with a film-strip design that gives them unique flair. You get to showcase three photos next to your personalization and you get to choose a background from more than 80 colors. Your personal style is bound to shine.

Answer #3: One basically model shot I’d put on the side of a bus if I could!

Sometimes keeping it simple is simply the best choice. Pear Tree has lots of one-photo graduation thank yous but the Classic Scholar Graduation Thank You Cards is an office favorite for sure. The “Class of [year]” is printed in your choice of five colors including very trendy faux foil colors such as gold, rose gold and silver. The full photo front is perfect for giving your favorite Senior photo the spotlight!


Three cheers for a graduation party that’s all about school spirit! We’ve gathered some ideas that shout school pride in a big way, and we’re positive the graduate will love them all.

Up First: Announcements
Some graduates simply have to have announcements that rise to their level of school spirit, and School Logo Graduation Announcements from Pear Tree do that and more! You get to choose design and background colors to coordinate with your school colors for a look that’s spot-on perfect. We’ve chosen the School Pride Graduation Announcement to go with this graduation party because of its large photo on the front with room for a school logo or mascot. The back features multiple photos with plenty of room for graduation details.

Next: School Colors
Go all out with the party decorations and make sure the grad’s school colors are there to represent! We LOVE the dessert and punch table shown with circle garland as the backdrop, matching tablecloth and even food and beverages that match! Throw in some extra flair like the cheerleader centerpiece and plenty of balloons because nothing screams graduation party like balloons in school colors.

And Finally! Personalized Touches
The thing that every graduation party needs to step up its game is more personalization! Your grad is a unique individual and the party should be a representation of who they are after this incredible journey. We always suggest Custom Party Napkins for graduation parties because they’re useful, affordable and they look amazing! We also suggest Graduation Bunting Banners because they’re incredibly easy to use no matter the party space and they will really kick up the décor.


Photo Credits: Cake: Cake Central, Decorations/Table: Catch My Party Balloons: Tokyo Saturday, Table Centerpieces: Designs by Ginny

Napkins are essential at any gathering where food is involved, so why not turn those napkins into personalized decorations for the party? We’ve got stylish, full-color graduation napkins you’ll love setting out and guests will surely notice. Here are a few of our favorites!

When you were brainstorming ideas for graduation party decorations, napkins probably didn’t come to mind. So what makes them great décor?

Here Are the 3 Ps of Custom Party Napkins

  1. Personal – custom graduation napkins can be personalized with photos, school logos, mascots, names, graduation dates and more. They add a truly personal touch to the graduation decorations.
  2. Practical – Napkins are already needed! You will surely be setting napkins out on all the tables and wherever the food is being served so they might as well look awesome!
  3. Priced Right – Custom party napkins are an affordable way to add a very personalized touch to the party. Visually they are easily noticed and you get a lot of napkins for the price.

The signature poster is a unique alternative to the traditional guest book. It’s different, it’s stylish and it makes a great piece of décor the grad can hang in a dorm room or apartment. Here some favorite signature posters your grad will love!

  1. Snapshot of a Year – Large Signature Poster

The must-know details…a polaroid-style photo personalized with choice of wording is placed at the center of this large, 28 x 30 signature poster.

The grad will love…getting to choose from more than 80 background colors to complement his/her photo. Plus all the room for signatures means they’ll be clear and readable.

  1. Sequin Look Frame – Large Signature Poster

The must-know details…faux gold sequins wrap around the grad’s photo, which features a bold frame in faux gold foil, faux silver foil, faux gold glitter or kraft. Choose from more than 80 colors to for the background of this large, 28 x 30 poster.

The grad will love…having a little bit of glam as a part of this keepsake. The faux gold sequins add a little personality which makes it all the more special.

  1. Vintage Year – Large Signature Poster

The must-know details…one large photo with the grad’s graduation year in big bold print! Choose from faux gold foil, faux silver foil, white, black and chalkboard for the year.

The grad will love…the full photo design on this 28 x 30 poster with the graduation year in their choice of stylish color. This poster makes a statement and is sure to be a wow factor at the graduation party!

  1. Fave Photo – Small Signature Poster

The must-know details…this full photo poster is 11 x 14, which is large enough to hold plenty of signatures but small enough to be easily displayed. “Grad Class of [year]” and grad’s name appear in the lower left corner in your choice of more than 80 colors.

The grad will love…the stylized nod to the graduate in the lower left corner. The design is simple yet strong and adds a nice finish to the photo.

  1. Glowing Year – Small Signature Poster

The must-know details…the graduation year is printed big and bold on this small, 11 x 14 signature poster, and the grad gets to choose from gold, rose gold and silver faux foil. Plus they get to choose between chalkboard and kraft for the background.

The grad will love…the classic design that is not centered around a photo because not every grad wants their senior photos on everything!


Check out the bottom of our Graduation Signature Posters page for five things to remember when it comes time to order.

Want to include a photo or multiple photos with your announcement?

There are so many photo graduation announcements available these days, it’s tough to narrow down the options. We suggest identifying a particular style you like because more than likely you’ll find photo announcements that celebrate it! For example, the Gold Swirls Graduation Announcements feature an on-trend and glamorous faux gold foil design below your photo. Plus, this is one of many designs at Pear Tree where you can choose the layout on the back with one photo, multiple photos or no photo. Want real foil? We’ve got lots of real foil graduation announcements as well!

Prefer no photos on your graduation announcements?

When you shop our vast collection, check out the left hand side of your screen and look at how you can refine your search. At the very top, you’ll see that you can click “Non Photo” so only designs without photos will appear. You’ll find plenty of trendy designs and styles! You certainly don’t need to feature photos to find something modern or contemporary.

Is being on trend top-priority for you?

We’re all about on-trend stationery so you’ve come to the right place for your graduation announcements. Some trends to watch for in this collection are real foil stamping, photo collages, faux gold foil for an affordable yet glamorous touch and, of course, the luxurious look of marble like these Marble Trend Graduation Announcements.

Looking to show off your alma mater?

School pride is an important part of every college graduation ceremony, and if you want to showcase your school logo or mascot, we have got some great options for you! Check out the entire collection of School Logo Graduation Announcements but we especially love this design with the mascot front and center.

Are you graduating with a medical degree?

Take extra pride in your many years of long hours and hard work with Nursing Degree Graduation Announcements and Medical Degree Graduation Announcements. The design of these announcements is symbolic of the study of medicine, and you’ll love the sophisticated elements of both announcements.

As you and the grad shop for graduation announcements or party invitations, here are a few helpful things you can do (at the same time) to pre-plan for the party.

Favorite Photos

Most grads these days want photo announcements or invitations to showcase those amazing senior photos they’ve had taken, and for good reason! As you’re choosing photos for the announcements, be sure to flag the photos your grad definitely wants displayed at the party. Create a folder on your device and start dragging those prized photos in there so when it comes time to print photos or order decorations, you’ve got grad-approved photos on hand!


The Decorations

You may not have the party location quite worked out yet or maybe you need to put some thought into table placement so you might not feel ready to order decorations. However, there are some decorations that will make a big visual impact and you’re guaranteed to find a great spot for them. A few of our favorites are Bunting Banners and Table Decorations. Since you’re already working with photos for the announcements, you might as well add some photo decorations to the order!


Party Supplies

Start scouting out sales early. We have sales going on rather often so you can score pretty much whatever you want for cheaper prices. The nice thing about party supplies is that it doesn’t matter how early you buy them, they’ll just hang out until you’re ready to use them. A huge customer favorite here at Pear Tree is Party Napkins. Personalized napkins are always a big hit with the guest of honor and all the guests.



We suggest always having one or two signs to help direct your party guests. Yard signs are great for indicating where the party is and they can be helpful for indicating things like where to park. Whether you make your own signs or order custom yard signs, we recommend thinking about the party signage early. That way you have plenty of time to make the signs if you’re going a DIY route or to get them ordered if you’re getting custom signs. Ordering them with your announcements is great timing.

Now graduates with serious school pride can create seriously awesome announcements to show it! Pear Tree just added brand new graduation announcements designed to highlight the grad’s school logo or mascot.

You can add a logo to any invitation or announcement when you start personalizing but this collection incorporates it perfectly and stylishly into the design. Not to mention you get to customize the design to match your school colors.

Not only do these invitations and announcements give a shout out to your school, they also display your favorite senior photos with the utmost class and style. You’ll find the always-impressive trifold, the classic two-sided flat card and even mini graduation invitations for handing out to friends and classmates.

Find your favorite today!

Rose gold is white hot. Just take a peek in your teenager’s closet. Rose gold sunglasses. Rose gold shoes. Rose gold prom dress. Maybe they’re even sporting sweet rose gold hair? We love this shining new metallic so much we’ve added rose gold foil to our Foil Graduation Announcement Collection. Move over gold and silver, there’s a new trend in town. Let’s show off four of our faves…

Gilded Frame – Foil Graduation Announcement
Their graduation is a frame-worthy achievement, right? Choose this classic design that will never go out of style. It’s available in gold and silver foil as well, but we adore the look in rose gold! Simply add your favorite senior photo and party details for a look she’ll love.

A Shining Star – Foil Graduation Announcement
This rose gold graduation announcement has serious star power. We love the look of the shining metallic on the bold black background but you can choose from over 80 colors for a totally custom look. Bonus: show off six more photos on the backside too!

Diamonds – Foil Graduation Announcement
Her style is on-point and her graduation announcement should be too! This design is totally sleek, modern and when it’s printed in rose gold foil, it literally shines. Change the background colors to your school colors or her fave (rose gold on soft purple hue is to die for!), customize your text and you’re done!

Grad Snaps – Foil Graduation Announcement
Raise your hand if your high school senior’s favorite activity is snapping selfies. Is that a yes? This selfie-inspired graduation announcement just may be the perfect one for them. Choose eight photos then choose your foil color for the washi tape detail. Of course, our top pick is rose gold.

Your graduation day is on the horizon and it’s time to tell the world – you did it!

Wondering how to word your graduation announcements? We’ve gathered wording ideas for both high school and college graduations. We’ve even included some tips on how to properly write out your college degree.

Remember – your graduation is a huge deal, so even you’re choosing a less-formal looking announcement, you should still make sure your wording is spot-on. Write out every word fully, double-check your spelling and grammar and don’t leave off key pieces of information.

Party invitation wording is more casual, but the same rules hold true. Enlist someone to check your wording before ordering your grad party invitations to make sure you’ve covered all the basics.

Now, let’s take look at the best ways to word your announcement or invitation, given the circumstance.

Classic High School Graduation Announcement Wording
Class of 2022 Graduate
Sean Alan Patterson
East Fork High School
May twentieth, two thousand twenty-two
at two o’clock in the afternoon
Sean will be attending
University of Maryland in the fall
Majoring in Political Science

Parents Announcing High School Graduation
Mr. and Mrs. McGinn
Announce the Graduation of their son
Sean Patterson from
East Fork High School
on May twentieth, two thousand twenty-two
Patrick graduated with honors and plans to attend University of Maryland.

Formal High School Commencement Invitation Wording
You’re warmly invited to
Sean Alan Patterson’s
High School Graduation Ceremony
on May twentieth, two thousand twenty-two
at four o’clock in the afternoon
in the auditorium of
East Fork High School
103 Education Lane
East Fork, Illinois 62231

Open House Wording
Join us at an Open House
to celebrate the Graduation of
Sean Patterson
May 20, 2022
6-9 p.m.
Home of Patrick and Ellen Patterson
165 Leary Street
Carlsberg, NC

Casual Grad Party Invite Wording
The tassel was worth the hassle!
Join us to celebrate
the graduation of
Sean Patterson
from East Fork High School
May 20th from 6-9 p.m.
165 Leary Street
Carlsberg, NC

Announcement and Party Combination Wording
You’re warmly invited to
Sean Alan Patterson’s
High School Graduation Ceremony
on May twentieth, two thousand twenty-two
at four o’clock in the afternoon
East Fork High School
103 Education Lane
East Fork, Illinois 62231
Join us for an Open House following the ceremony
at the home of Patrick and Ellen Patterson
165 Leary Street
East Fork, IL

College Graduation Announcement Wording from the Graduate
I, Sara Beth Pritchett
am proud to announce
my graduation from the
University of Pennsylvania
with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business
I am planning a year of traveling abroad
before joining the world of business!

College Graduation Announcement Wording from Parents
Mr. and Mrs. David Pritchett
are pleased to announce the
Graduation of their daughter
Sara Beth
from the University of Pennsylvania
on May sixth, two thousand twenty-two
at eleven o’clock in the morning 

Formal Wording to Invite to a College Graduation Commencement
University of Pennsylvania
Class of 2022
Sara Pritchett
on the completion
of her Bachelor’s Degree in
Business Management
Please join us for the
Commencement Ceremonies
on May sixth, two thousand twenty-two
1 College Hall
Philadelphia, PA 19104

College Grad Party Wording from Parents
Let’s celebrate the graduation of
Sara Pritchett
from the University of Pennsylvania
on May 7, 2022
at 1 p.m.
Monk’s Café
264 South 16th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102

Mr. and Mrs. Pritchett

College Graduation Announcement and Invitation Combination Wording
With great pride, I
Sara Pritchett
am proud to announce
my graduation from
University of Pennsylvania
with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business
Come celebrate my achievement with me
on May 7, 2022
at 1 p.m.
Monk’s Café
264 South 16th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102

If you’re struggling with out to write out your college degree, we can help. There are several ways you can write out your college degree on your graduation announcements and commencement invitations. Here are examples based on the type of degree you’re getting.

Bachelor of Science
Bachelor of Science Degree in Business
Bachelor’s Degree in Business
Bachelors in Business
B.S. in Business

Bachelor of Arts
Bachelor of Arts Degree in English Literature
Bachelor’s Degree in English Literature
Bachelors in English Literature
B.A. in English Literature

Master of Science
Master of Science in Aviation
Master’s Degree in Aviation
Masters in Aviation
M.S. in Aviation

Master of Arts
Master of Arts in Creative Writing
Master’s Degree in Creative Writing
Masters in Creative Writing
M.A. in Creative Writing

Doctoral Degree
Doctoral Degree in Neurology
Doctorate in Neurology
M.D. (stands for Doctor of Medicine)
PhD (stands for Doctor of Philosophy.) This is a doctorate in any discipline except medicine.