12 Cute and Thoughtful Graduation Cards

Think beyond the "ConGRADulations" card at the grocery store, and send one of these thoughtful graduation cards to friends and family to mark one of life's biggest milestones.

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May 04, 2021

This past year, many students have adapted and often missed out on in-person celebrations and rites of passages for students, from ceremonies to sporting events to live performances. If you know a student graduating, help them celebrate and mark the important occasion by sending your sincere congratulations (and sending some cash wouldn't hurt either). From kindergarten and middle school graduations all the way up to college, law school and beyond, send your congratulations to all the grads in your life with the perfect card.

Etsy | Graphic Anthology

Students hear so often that college or high school are the "best years of their life," but the best year is the current year, the one you've got right in front of you. Let this cute card from Black-owned stationery company Graphic Anthology — which also works great as a birthday card — show your grad the best is still yet to come.

Etsy | Giggles by Jane

Celebrating a grad who still can't get enough of The Office? Let Dwight Schrute remind them there's more to life than getting a degree.

$10 (Pack of 6)

Celebrating quite a few grads, or like stocking up for the future? This set of gift card- and money-holding cards is about as classic it gets, featuring Dr. Seuss's iconic Oh, the Places You'll Go.

From $13.50 blank
Etsy | Paper Love

Looking for something a little less on-the-nose? This gorgeous flower truck pop-up card from Paper Love is a great way to celebrate a grad with something a bit more unique than graduation-specific cards.

Etsy | Ink Wood

Finishing school isn't the last step or the first — it's just one of many adventures life has to offer. Remind your grad that they have the power to choose who they are with this sweet card from Ink Wood.

Etsy | Annette's House of Cards

If the grad you're shopping for is a no-fuss, practical kind of person who would be perfectly fine skipping a boring graduation ceremony, this card might speak to them. Annette's House of Cards gives slouchy, mitten-wearing Bernie Sanders a graduation cap and tassel on this funny card playing off memes from the Inauguration.

Etsy | Designing Moments

This card from Etsy seller Designing Moments is fully customizable — from skin tone to hair color to what the woman on the card is holding, you can build a card that speaks more specifically to the grad you're celebrating.

From $3.12

Want to surprise your grad by helping them plan a family graduation party or just send out their graduation announcements? Minted has scores of gorgeous graduation announcements and invitation cards you can customize with your own photos and text.


Show your grad you understand the past few years haven't exactly been all fun and games (and parties) with this card from Mr. Boddington's Studio.

Etsy | Addie Rawr

Black stationer Addie Rawr's collection is full of greeting cards that celebrate Black pride, including this gorgeous card perfect for graduating boys and men at any age.


Money might not grow on trees in the real world, but why not ease a recent grad into the whole adulting thing? This elaborate pop-up card from Lovepop has a built-in money holder.

Etsy | Helena Edna

This timeless, elegant letterpress card from Helen Edna will be well-received by any grad in 2021 or 2031. The peak of the mountain is made up of hundreds of tiny "you did its!"

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