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Are you wondering what to write in a thank you card for graduation?
Graduation is a time of excitement, sharing memories, love and gratitude.
It is a significant time in the lives of the various people your studying means a lot to.
The academic journey is one of those that are never walked alone. At least in the current education system, you don’t expect to do everything for yourself.
Which is good actually, because it is an opportunity for people to add value to your life and for you to create strong bonds out of the interactions you’ve had on your academic path.
Right from when you start out in kindergarten to when you graduate at university, there are hundreds and thousands of people who have supported you, and with whom you have interacted.
You have created some strong bonds along the way.
People are emotionally attached to your academics. They have always wanted to see you succeed.
You have not disappointed them, you have given them the pleasure to see you graduate. You have thrown a graduation party at your home.
Friends, relatives, family and colleagues have attended. They have brought you a pile of gifts some of which you’re not sure where to keep them.
They’re just so many and so precious to you.
How then do you express your gratitude to them?
What Makes a Thank-You Card the Best Choice?
How do you express your appreciation for the love you’ve been showered with? Do you send them similar gifts in return? Well, that wouldn’t be a great option.
They may not be interested in the gifts. Probably they gifted you your favourite shoe. It may not be their favourite.
Why the hassle and expenses when there’s a better way to express your gratitude, one that will stay in their archives for ages?
Words run a thousand miles, and a written word lasts forever. It can be kept for ages. A great thank-you card has no substitute.
It warms the heart of the recipient. It is an acknowledgement of their efforts in supporting you and showing you love.
It’s such an inexpensive investment, but it goes a long way. When your recipient notices your thankfulness, they will want to make you happy again and again.
No one loves giving to an unappreciative wretched soul. It’s never a wrong thing to say ‘thank you’ when someone has done something good for you.
A well-written thank-you card will be kept and re-visited for years. It will be kept at heart.
You may be stuck at what to include in the graduation thank you card.
This article gives you all the information you need to write that heart-warming thank you note that your recipient will keep in their treasure chest.
Whether it is a thank you note for business or for a friend we got you covered.
The Angles of the Note.
There are three angles in which graduation thank-you notes are written.
- Thanking someone who has supported you along your academic journey. This could be a parent, sponsor, former teacher, friend or anyone else that did something remarkable in your academic journey.
- Thanking someone who has done something remarkable at your graduation party. This could be someone on the preparation team, someone who has sponsored the celebration, or done something else that deserves credit.
- Someone who has given you a gift on your graduation. Giving a gift is not an easy thing as it appears to be. It entails a lot of prior work like choosing the right gift, getting the funds to purchase it, having it wrapped and packaged in the best way and delivering it. Therefore, someone who has offered a gift deserves to be appreciated.
Set Out With Purpose.
The first rule is that as you set out to write the thank-you note, determine the purpose for writing it.
What are you thankful for? In which of the above three categories is the thank-you note falling?
The Secret to Getting the Message in a few minutes.
Secondly, determine who you are writing for. Is it a parent, friend or teacher? Who? The tone and extent of the note will depend on this.
Above all, knowing who you are writing to is getting 90 percent of the task done already.
You then just need to take a moment and remember what this particular person did for you.
That is the message you have to include in the card. Desist from including a message that sounds generalised and vague. It kills the whole purpose of the card.
Although you can type them, the best thank-you notes are hand-written. It is best to buy an appreciation card, write your message in it and send to the recipient.
The Commonest Pitfalls that You Must Avoid at all Costs.
a) Key to writing a thank-you note is being genuine and real.
Do not attempt to pretend because 9 out of 10 times, pretence is noticed and it comes off as weird character.
Be natural and write from the bottom of your heart. This is not a graded assignment that you’re going to be worried about the CGPA.
The more natural, the more effective your words will be.
b) Do not generalise the message in your card.
Central to the message you’re going to write in the card is the reason for appreciation.
This is the heart of the card. It should pop out. Speak about it deeply, specifically and at length.
Do not just write ‘thank you for the support you rendered me while in school.’
That sounds vague and artificial.
You will want to let the person feel the impact they made in your life. What they did for you is not exactly the same as what someone else did for you.
There’s no reason to make your card sound like you paid someone to write a general message to everyone you’re sending cards to.
Let your message be unique to this person that they will identify with it and want to keep your card for showcasing to their grandchildren.
If it’s your grandpa, he will show it to you since you’re his grandchild.
What is the Legacy?
Describe the impact the gift made in your life, and how you’re going to use it. Let the person know that their legacy will live on forever.
I will give an example of a contribution often overlooked. Assuming you’re writing in appreciation to someone who has been on the organising committee of your graduation, mention what they did even if it is as small as setting the seats for the guests.
Tell them that you appreciate the spirit of love and generosity behind what they did.
Tell them how this made the party happen and made you glad that they cared enough to see that your party is a success.
That’s just one example to highlight how you can make something small to appear bigger and acknowledged.
You do not have to be taken to Mars for you to appreciate deeply. Appreciate even the things that seem insignificant because someone took a moment of their life to do it for you.
The Magical Pledge
As you conclude your note, you can pledge allegiance. Note that this is different from empty promising.
This is to let the other person know that you are willing to support them in a way you can. This could be an offer that you have always wanted to make.
This offer should depend on what you feel like and are able to do for the other person. This is not a mandatory requirement.
Desist from making promises that you don’t mean or else you’ll be held accountable, with your own hand-written note serving as evidence against you when you fail to deliver what you promised in future.
When you pledge this allegiance, it creates a sense of family. The other person will be glad to know that you’re not just a mere ‘taker’ but you’re a cheerful ‘giver’ and you are awaiting the opportunity to give back.
Giving back, not in the context of repaying, but loyalty and relationship.
Give Thanks When it’s Due.
Timeliness is very important in according thanks. It is best to send in the thank-you note to your recipient as soon as possible.
If you send the card two years after the graduation, it won’t serve its purpose and they may feel that you had forgotten about them all along, or someone forced you to write to them.
Give thanks when it’s due.
Stuck in the Valley of the Valediction?
The valediction is how you ‘sign off.’ It can sometimes throw you into a perplexing stance.
You may feel unsure about what to write as you’re signing off at the bottom of your card.
The trick here is to be natural. Consider the relationship you have with the other person and tailor your valediction in sync.
For example, if it is a friend, you can write ‘your loving friend’. For a former teacher, you can write ‘your student’ or ‘yours sincerely’.
There are no rules in stone about the valediction. The only rule to keep is that keep it natural, genuine and respectful.