What to write in a graduation thank you card 

Your graduation is a momentous occasion, and while the day is all about you, it’s important to recognise the people who made it so special too. 

From parents who spent the day beaming with pride (and holding back their tears), to siblings who took it upon themselves to become your unofficial grad photographer, there are countless people you might want to say thanks to when the celebrations are done and dusted. 

So, to help inspire you, we decided to pull together a range of different graduation thank you messages! Perhaps you’re hoping to express gratitude for an inspiring teacher, a supportive parent, or maybe your uni bestie? Well, here at thortful, we’ve got you covered. 

Whether you’re looking to thank someone for a special graduation gift, or for simply being by your side, we’ve got ideas ranging from funny to heartfelt. So, once the stage has been walked across and the glasses have been clinked, take inspiration from the below ideas! 

Just quickly before we jump into the graduation thank you message ideas, take a moment to browse a selection of our wonderful thank you cards. We’ve got a vibrant and varied range, so you’re bound to find one you (and they) will love:


Thank you for attending my graduation messages 

First things first, let’s dive into some message ideas for thanking those who helped you celebrate on the day! Whether it was a friend snapping candid pictures, or your dad‘s deafening cheer as you walked across the stage, here are some wonderful ways to express gratitude:

  • I feel beyond lucky that you took the time to celebrate my graduation with me. You definitely helped make it a day to remember! 
  • I’m so happy you were there to help me celebrate on graduation day. Thank you for coming, I hope you had as much fun as I did. 
  • Thank you so much for coming along. I’ll never forget how special everyone made my graduation (including you). 
  • I’m so grateful that I got to see your face in the crowd as I walked across the stage.  
  • Thank you for cheering me on, not only as I graduated, but every step of the way.

We’ve also got a blog on what to write in a thank you card if you’re looking for some more ways to express gratitude. 

Messages to express gratitude for gifts 

You may well have been lucky enough to have been showered with cards, flowers, and gifts on graduation day. So, here are some messages which you can take inspiration from to thank the wonderfully thoughtful people in your life. 

  •  Thank you so much for the thoughtful graduation gift. I’ll treasure it forever. 
  •  Your graduation gift was definitely the icing on the cake to what was a perfect day. Thank you for being so generous! 
  • Just a little note to say thank you very much for the graduation gift. It’s thoughtful and lovely, just like you! 
  • Thank you for helping me mark the occasion with such a wonderful keepsake.  You couldn’t have chosen a better gift. 
  • So grateful you were there to help me celebrate on graduation day (plus, I’m super grateful for the gift too). 

Graduation thank you messages for family

Next, it’s time to thank the people back home who supported you every step of the way. If you’ve been searching for a graduation thank you message for a parent, grandparent, childhood bestie, or sibling, here’s some inspiration: 

  • To (insert their name/names) thank you for all your support throughout my time studying. I appreciate it more than you’ll ever know. 
  • Just wanted to say that I’m so very grateful for everything you’ve done for me. Thank you for making my graduation one to remember! 
  • From the moment you dropped me off at the start of my journey, right up until I walked across the stage, you’ve been there through it all. 
  • Knowing I had your support and encouragement helped me more than you’ll ever know! 
  • I’m beyond lucky to have a (parent/grandparent/sibling) like you! Thank you for your unwavering support. 

Graduation thank you messages for teachers 

Perhaps you’re hoping to thank your favourite lecturer who let it slide every time you walked into your Monday morning 9am lecture late? If so, allow the below message ideas to inspire you. 

  • What a teacher. Thank you for your wisdom, dedication, and guidance. 
  • I always looked forward to coming to your lectures, I’m definitely going to miss them!
  • Your passion for (insert subject) is truly inspiring. Thank you for all you’ve taught me over the years. 
  • Just wanted to say a HUGE thank you for all your support and encouragement. 
  • Your enthusiasm doesn’t go unnoticed. Thank you so much for all of your help over the past few years. 

We’ve also got a blog filled with plenty more thank you messages for teachers which you can dive into! 

Thank you messages for uni friends

Next, it’s time to thank the people who’ve been by your side through it all. From nervous first-day introductions, to endless chatter with your third-year housemates, your friends are what make your uni experience. So, below are some ways in which you can express your appreciation: 

  • I feel so lucky to have had you by my side every step of the way. 
  • Remember when graduation felt like a distant dream? Who’d have thought it, ey? Look at us now! 
  • While I gained a lot from my time at uni, our friendship is definitely one of my most treasured takeaways. 
  • I’m so proud of us for making it to graduation, thank you for all your support. Now, let’s celebrate! 
  • I’m going to miss all the good times, but I can’t wait to take on post-grad life together. Thanks for everything! 

Funny graduation thank you messages 

Graduation is a truly joyous occasion, so why should your thank you messages be any different? Infuse your card with a bit of fun by jotting down one of these comical graduation messages. 

  • Remember that time when (insert funny personal memory). I still crack up every time I think of it. Thanks for all the good times. 
  • Thank you for being my unofficial therapist for the past three years. I couldn’t have gotten through it without you! 
  • Well, we definitely stuck to the ‘work hard, play hard’ motto, didn’t we? 
  • Mum/Dad, thanks for all the support (aka all of the free food which I stocked up on every visit home). 
  • Thanks for cheering me on as I walked across the stage (see, I told you I wouldn’t trip and fall). 
  • Thanks for helping me celebrate my graduation. It’s time to enter the real world and find a job now I guess? 

Heartfelt graduation messages 

Finally, we’ve come up with some heartfelt graduation messages, ideal to send to anyone who made the day special. Touching, simple, and effective, these messages allow you to express your gratitude and wave goodbye: 

  • Thank you for all your love and guidance. You’ve definitely helped me grow.  
  • I hope you know how grateful I am for you. Thank you for helping me make it to graduation day! 
  • Your steady encouragement hasn’t gone unnoticed. Thank you for everything you’ve done!
  • As this chapter comes to an end, I just wanted to let you know that you’ve been a huge part of it. 
  • Without you believing in me, I would’ve never made it to graduation day. Thank you so much for your support. 

Top tips for writing graduation thank you messages 

Now that you’ve got plenty of ideas for graduation thank you messages, let’s wrap up with some general top tips. 

  • Take your time: Taking your time to craft a unique, thoughtful message is key. You may well have a lot of different people to thank, but if you’re specific and intentional with your words, you’re bound to make whoever you’re thanking feel super special. 
  • Send timely cards: It’s important to plan ahead and get super organised when it comes to sending graduation thank you messages. While you’ll inevitably be swept up in the post-graduation buzz, perhaps starting your grad job, or embarking upon travel plans, make sure to send out your thanks within 1-2 months of the ceremony. 
  • How long should your message be? Well, it really depends. For someone you’re super close to, you might want to craft a lengthy message, or for a teacher figure that you obviously don’t know on such a personal level, you might be hoping to keep it short and sweet. Generally speaking though, you’ll probably want the body of your graduation thank you message to be around 2-3 sentences.

Hopefully you’re now feeling inspired to start expressing thanks to those who helped you make graduation memories to treasure forever. If you loved this, we’ve got plenty more fun insights over on the thortful blog. There, you’ll find fun graduation party ideas as well as insights on how to say thank you in different languages

Or, perhaps you’re attending a loved one’s graduation ceremony soon? If so, we’ve got a guide on what to write in a graduation card filled with plenty of congratulatory messages. And, if you’re hoping to spoil them too, we’ve got a guide on the best graduation gift ideas.