Tuesday, May 11, 2021

How Do We Say Congratulations?


School graduation

A Review of Graduation Congratulation Cards

With graduations coming up, it's time to look for some cards to wish the graduate well.

Saying congratulations is a message that tells someone you are happy for his/her success or good luck.  

There are many ways to express this 'acknowledgment' of a job well done, to show our approval of their accomplishments, to wish them well at their success.

We extend our 'best wishes' to a couple on their wedding and an 'awww, so sweet' to parents of a new baby, and a 'well done' at graduations.  We give a 'thumbs up' for a new job or a promotion and for success in any aspect of life.  We shout 'Yes!' and 'Alright!' when our sports team scores a touchdown or hits a home run.

Words of congratulations express our praise and approval.  It's a blessing, a flattering expression, a way to show we care even if it's shortened in today's tech world of Tweets and Texting as WTG (Way to Go).  The message is the same no matter how we say it.

Graduation Congratulation Cards

Graduation cap and diploma
Image Source: Pixabay

Graduations are not just for high school or college. We often celebrate with graduations starting with nursery school. And a few years ago I attended my grandson's kindergarten graduation complete with caps & gowns and a diploma! It happened in the same week that I attended my oldest grandson's high school graduation! 

Let's look at a few greeting card suggestions for the many special graduation events in our lives. 

Nursery school or Kindergarten

Cat in a graduation gown
Cat Graduation Card

This cute cat graduation card is suitable for any graduation, but especially perfect for a young cat-loving child graduating from nursery school or kindergarten.  Card is printed on a thick card with a silk finish. Comes with a white envelope. The inside is blank for your own message.  This graduation card is created by Ruth Mutch for her Etsy Shop Penguin Parade Shop.

8th Grade or Middle School Graduation

8th grade graduation card
8th Grade Graduation Card

Celebrate a major milestone in a kid's life with these cute handmade, hand drawn greeting cards featuring a sweet, pudgy penguin in cap and gown (leave a note with desired school colors!!) contemplating all the good things that await them. Card in pictures is specifically for 8th grade but can be customized with whichever grade (5th, 6th, 8th, etc!) the child is graduating from. The list inside the card can also be modified - just include what you would like to be listed in your notes to the designer, along with the color for the cap and gown.

Cards created by Rebecca Miller for her Etsy Store Crafting Away the Feels.

High School Graduation

Winnie-the-Pooh graduation card
And so the adventure begins... Winnie the Pooh graduation card

The Adventure Begins Graduation Card is professionally printed on matte cardstock

The card is blank inside for room to write your message

Single cards come with an envelope. 

Card is the creation of Kel from Smiling Snapdragons on Etsy.

College and beyond

Collage graduation card
Graduation Card

Graduation Card is professionally printed on matte cardstock

The card is blank inside for room to write your message

A2 folded card  (Size: 4.25" x 5.5")

• Blank inside for you to write your own personal note

• Letterpress with love on my 1948 Vandercook letterpress

• Printed on luxe, heavy weight 100% cotton card stock

• Paired with a coordinating colored envelope

Created by DeLuce Design on ETSY

In Summary

Emblem with the word 'Graduate'
Source: Pixabay

This has been a sampling of the graduation cards available for your favorite graduate. For more ideas, browse here.  

Best wishes to all graduates in your future endeavors. 

*Graduation Cards Review written by (c) Wednesday Elf

Note: The author may receive a commission from purchases made using links found in this article. “As an Amazon Associate, Ebay (EPN) and/or Esty (Awin) Affiliate, I (we) earn from qualifying purchases.”


  1. Thanks for sharing these cute graduation cards. I would never have thought of looking on Etsy for cards. Now I know!!

    1. Thanks, Mary Beth. Yes, Etsy has a wide variety of cards for all occasions. There are some very clever creators on the site, giving us more choices than the standard greeting card stores have to offer.

  2. These are all fabulous graduation cards! I have a few that I need to buy this year and usually just select one at the grocery store, but I love the idea of sending one that is unique. I also love Etsy, so this is an excellent suggestion for me.

    1. Glad to hear it, Mouse. I love Etsy for its uniquely original creations by talented artisans.

  3. I think it is so important to mark those special occasions and achievements and I love sending cards. These are lovely graduation cards. Thank you for these great suggestions !

    1. You are welcome, Jasmine. I love the originality of these graduation cards.

  4. Elf, these are all absolutely adorable! I've always loved sending and receiving greeting cards, whether "just because" or to mark important occasions. Graduations are significant achievement milestones that deserve to be celebrated, and your card suggestions are wonderful.

    1. Thanks, Margaret. I've always been a big card sender too and it's lovely to have some original designs by talented artists to choose from now & then for really special occasions, such as graduations.

  5. What a wonderful way to mark those important dates in our lives. I have cards that I have kept over the years and once in a while look back fondly as the memories return. What a great way to find some really unique and sweet memory makers. I love this!

    1. Thank you, Olivia. I also have special cards that I have saved for various reasons over the years. I love your remark about the saved cards bringing memories back. So true... and so special to 'remember' all over again.

  6. One of my friend loves to receive cards for no reason and any reason - I swear if I sent her one of these she'd even appreciate that lol (she's in her 60's so long graduated). These card ideas are lovely. These days even receiving a card breaks the lockdown loneliness. Crazy times.

  7. These are unique cards that would be fun to send to graduates. Reading this makes me miss my days of managing a card department and getting to find special cards for us to sell. One of my greatest pleasures was discovering unique cards such as these that the other stores would not have in their Hallmark collections.


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