The Best 2018 Graduation Invite and Party Ideas

All the hard work has paid off and the time has finally come – graduation! It’s time to celebrate the grad and we have all the essentials you’ll need to celebrate your grad’s accomplishments and help you make it an event to remember.

This is a major milestone and you’ll want to make them the center of attention.  Our recommendation is to begin early and get input from them up front.  A notebook dedicated to graduation planning will help you keep track of details and special requests, as well as deadlines, budgets and lists.

Remember that many obligations will sneak up on grads in the spring that require their attention: finals, parties and more.  So it’s best to start planning early to avoid a last-minute rush.  One of the most valuable things to start a mailing list for the commencement and/or party.  Gather and compile addresses as soon as possible – it’s surprising how long this can take.


May and June can be very busy for many people, with holidays such as Mother’s Day, Memorial Day and Father’s Day competing for time and attention on already packed schedules.  Save-the-Date cards are a new trend in graduation stationery and are an easy way to ensure that guests can attend the graduation ceremony itself or the party afterwards.  This is particularly important for out-of-town guests who need to make travel arrangements.

save the date graduation
Bold Block Graduation Save the Date Card


These graduation invitations may serve as announcements as well, but should primarily be used to request someone’s presence at the commencement ceremony.  Due to seating limitations at many graduation venues, it’s important to use clear language to invite guests to the commencement ceremony.  Clearly outlining if the guest is invited to the

Chalkboard Frame Graduation Invitation by Invite Shop.

ceremony, party, or both will eliminate any uncertainties and possible misunderstandings.


Joint graduation parties are a great idea to keep costs down and add to the party atmosphere. Twins and siblings graduating at the same time are logical reasons to throw a joint graduation party. Friends also might want to combine their celebrations – especially if they share the same friend groups and guest list.

Quad Photo Collage Joint Graduation Announcement

Joint graduation invitations are a great way to kick off the celebration and save money on postage and stationery. Double the fun!


If your graduate has received a specialty degree – such as law, dental, medical, etc. – it is the perfect opportunity to create a themed party based on their degree. From specialty degree graduation invitations to thematic decorations and food, it’s a fun way to celebrate with friends and family. Here are some of our favorite ideas.

Nursing School Graduation Parties

Nurses are a special group and deserve a celebration to match. Lab coat and prescription themed cakes and cookies are fun and and a tasty treat, too. Syringes can be cleverly used to administer goodies such as candy coated chocolates and spiked jello shots for the adults.

Blue and Gold Foil Foliage Nursing School Invitation

Nursing school graduation invites also offer creative ways to get the party started with foil accents, R.N. emblems and stethoscope images.

Medical School Graduation Parties

A new M.D. in the family is reason to celebrate. Much like nursing school graduation, there a many creative ideas for throwing a pain-free medical school graduation party. ECG cookies, skeleton-shaped veggie trays, and a numbing station (aka bar) all make for cute and festive ways to honor the M.D. Featuring the grad dressed in her new white coat makes the perfect picture for medical school graduation invitations.

Navy & Gold Stripe Medical School Graduation
Dental School Graduation Parties
Navy Blue Dental School Graduation Invitation

Dental school graduation parties can be a lot of fun with a buffet “filling” station, a “sweet tooth” dessert bar and goody bags with dental floss for the guests. Centerpieces can be embellished with toothbrushes for a dental flair and even a few tooth fairies can make an appearance. Cute dental school graduation invitations often feature a tooth (or two) or dental tools.

Law School Graduation Parties

When it comes to law school graduation parties, you can either be classic or silly. A sophisticated celebration at local club or establishment sets the tone for a distinguished career. Something funny and light is a way for the grad and friends to enjoy themselves before the career begins. Pick a law school graduation invitation to match the tone you prefer!

Summons Notice Law School Graduation Invitation


Sharing stories and memories is an important tradition for any graduation party.  A fun thing to start with is to sit down and organize photos with your grad.  This will allow him or her to pick the photos they are most proud of…and eliminate some others!  Displays of photos, awards, trophies as well as a video slideshow are all great ways to make your grad feel like the guest of honor.

An indoor or outdoor photo party banner is a great way to greet guests and congratulate the grad. Posters can also be designed to show off senior photos or snapshots of sports or activities.

If you’re short on time, try the PurpleTrail mailing service – we’ll do the stuffing, stamping and sending for you.  Coordinated return address labels are another time-saving option that adds formality and style.

We congratulate your new graduate and if you have any questions about planning your graduation celebration, we’re here to help!

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