Around this time of year, we get a lot of questions about the difference between graduation invitations and graduation announcements, so we thought we’d lay everything out here to clear the air in case it’s been a while since you were in a cap and gown.

You will need to send graduation invitations when you want your guest to attend the commencement and/or graduation party. You will need to send graduation announcements when you want to let your friends and family know of your achievements, but there will not be an actual event that they need to attend. The difference in these two types of graduation stationery are described in more detail below.

We hope this helps you when choosing the perfect graduation stationery

Graduation Invitations

These are invitations to either the graduation itself, to a graduation party or both. The designs include all of the standard event information, including the time, address and other specifics (like whether or not to bring a gift).

Here are some examples of graduation invitations:

graduation invitations

graduation invitations

Graduation Announcements

These are the cards a grad sends to family and friends to share the big news about the graduation. It includes information about the graduate, including the school he or she is graduating from, but doesn’t include the time, date or location like an invitation would.

Here are some examples of graduation announcements:

graduation announcements

graduation announcements

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2 Responses

  1. Mallory says:

    This is very helpful, thanks!

  2. Daisy says:

    Thank you so very much. I was very confused and running out of time to get things in the mail. This was a life saver.

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