60+ Graduation Thank You Card Messages & Wording (2023)

By Minted | Last Updated: February 10, 2023

Graduation is a huge accomplishment that you’ll want to share with friends and family. Whether you’ve gotten a high school or college diploma, a masters degree, or a PhD, you have worked for years to make this dream come true. Your friends and family will want to acknowledge this milestone with lots of graduation gifts and you will be expected to write thank you notes in response. Finding the right words for a graduation gift thank you message can be daunting! We’ve collected 50+ sample graduation thank you note messages to get your creative juices flowing.


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Graduation is a major milestone in life, and it is important to show gratitude to those who have helped you along the way. It might be tempting to drop the traditional etiquette, but thank you notes are always more personal and special to people that have been supporting and caring for you. This includes your teacher and school staffs.

Sending a handwritten thank you card is especially important to communicate gratitude for any graduation gifts you get. Your friends and family took the time to select a personal gift for you. Show them how grateful you are not just for the gift but for their friendship and support!

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Handwritten notes feel much more personal than something that is typed, so make sure you take the time to craft a personal message for each gift giver. Typically, graduation thank you messagesare 3-5 sentences long. Below you’ll find a trusted, expert-crafted formula that includes all the elements of a successful graduation thank you note:

  1. Greeting/Salutation: Start with a formal greeting or hello. For example “Dear Uncle Mike,” “Aloha Aunt Sally,” etc.
  2. Acknowledge the gift:Make sure that you reference the specific gift that the loved one gave you so the message feels authentic and specific to the gift that they gave you.. Consider adding a sentence about why you like the gift and how you intend to use it.
  3. Acknowledge the relationship: Include a sentence detailing the scope of your relationship, a favorite memory, or something about how they supported you in your journey to graduation. For example: “I often think about your inspirational classes. You were one of my favorite high school teachers.”
  4. A final thank you: Be sure to end your thank you note with a final expression of your gratitude and appreciation for the gift.
  5. Sign off: Rather than simply signing your name, include a more formal goodbye such as “warmly” ”gratefully,” or “sincerely.”

Now that we’ve laid out the basic components of a sincere graduation thank you note, let’s review examples of actual wording you can use. Remember to be sincere and heartfelt in your message, and to mention the specific ways in which the person has made a difference in your life.

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Graduation thank you card wording should be more personal and informal when writing to your closest friends. These example messages help to convey a heartfelt message to the friends who supported you as you worked toward graduation:

  • I am lucky to have a [grandma/father/best friend/sister] like you.
  • You supported me in so many ways and, for that, I will always be grateful. [You can list specific ways such as “always making sure I had a good home-cooked meal” or “encouraging me to major in history.”]
  • Above and beyond gifts, I am so grateful for the support you have offered me on this journey.
  • Words simply won’t be enough to describe how much you mean to me.
  • Your example of hard work was an inspiration to me.
  • Knowing I had your support enabled me to push through when things got hard.
  • I can’t wait for our next adventure in [name a place you both like].
  • I couldn’t have gotten this degree without your support. For that I will always be grateful!
  • You are a wonderful friend and I appreciate your love, kindness, support, and generosity.
  • While this degree took a lot of work, you made it fun.
  • Without your pep talks, humor, and general encouragement, I couldn’t have done this.
  • Thank you for being a part of my educational journey. Your diverse perspectives and experiences have enriched my life and made me a better person. I am grateful for the friendships and memories we have formed.
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  • Thank you for your dedication and hard work in shaping me into the person I am today. Your lessons and guidance have had a profound impact on my life and my future. I will never forget the knowledge and skills you have imparted upon me.
  • Your classes gave me inspiration and a sense of curiosity about the world. For that I will always be grateful!
  • I want to thank you for being my [insert type of subject matter] teacher because your passion for the subject matter drove me toward my career in [insert career here].
  • Thank you for your patience with me in [insert class]. You helped me grow as a student and a person and allowed me to reach my full potential.
  • I’m so lucky to have encountered your class at such a pivotal moment. It has shaped the direction of my life.
  • Your rigorous coursework and attention to detail allowed me to evolve and discover the best version of myself, so thank you!
  • While your class was difficult, I am so grateful for the rigorous education it gave me and for the patience you showed me along the way.
  • Thank you for opening up my world to so many new things, like [name a fact here].
  • I still often think about your class on [insert class subject matter]. I’m lucky to have gotten the kind of education from you that lasts.
  • Teachers aren’t given enough credit for the hard work they do, so I want to say you’re appreciated and you’ve impacted me in more ways than you realize.
  • While the spotlight is mostly on the graduating seniors, I want to acknowledge and thank you for all that you have helped me accomplish this trying school year.
  • Now having graduated, I see how rare it is to have a teacher who is so devoted to their students. I’m so lucky to have had you in [insert class name].
  • Thanks to you, I’m better positioned to make the most of my education.

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Likely no one has helped you quite as much as your parents. Sending them a heartfelt note will be so meaningful to them.

  • I don’t know how to begin to thank you for all you’ve done for me to make graduation possible.
  • Your love and support means more to me than you’ll ever know.
  • One of the most important things I learned from you was how to persevere when things got hard. Thanks to you I feel I can take on any challenge.
  • Your belief in me made me believe in myself. I’m here today because of your love.
  • Thank you for creating a loving and supportive home for me to thrive in. When my coursework was hard, you gave me home cooked meals, a quiet place to study, and words of encouragement.
  • While everyone keeps reminding me that this is my day, this is your day too. Your hard work and support made this all possible.
  • With role models like you, I can shoot for the stars. Thanks for giving me something to dream of.
  • While a lot of hard work went into getting this degree, I know there was luck too. The luckiest thing of all was having parents like you.
  • Thank you for always pushing me to reach my full potential. Without your love and support this wouldn’t have been possible.
  • Thank you for your unwavering love and support throughout my educational journey. Your sacrifices and encouragement have meant the world to me, and I couldn't have done it without you. I am forever grateful.

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  • I wish you could stand on that stage with me because you deserve as much credit for my success as I do.
  • Thank you for being patient and holding our family together this whole time.
  • When I try to imagine what it would have been like to do this without you, I just can’t.
  • Those long nights of studying are over. Thank you for bearing with me.
  • While this took a lot of hard work and studying, I won the lottery when it came to you. You have been so supportive and I couldn’t have done this without you.
  • I don’t know where to begin in thanking you. Thank you for the home cooked meals, for cleaning up the house when I was too busy, for [insert other specific examples]. Most of all thank you for your love and support.
  • Watching you believe in me made me believe in myself. For that I will always be grateful.
  • No more exams and assignments. I am all yours now. Thank you for always being there.
  • Your support made my dreams possible. I hope one day I can help make your dreams come true too.
  • When I was tired or didn’t believe in myself, you were there. When I was stressed or worried, you took on my burden. I am so lucky to have you in my life.

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  • Thank you for being my unpaid therapist while I made my way through [insert level of school].
  • They say you’re the company you keep and I’m not sure what that says about either of us, but I sure am grateful for you!
  • I may be the smart and good looking one, but I couldn’t have done this without you.
  • While some might say you caused me more trouble than you helped me, I consider our friendship well worth it.
  • If work hard, play hard was our motto, you made sure I never skipped the play.
  • While you were more often tempting me away from my studies than helping me with them, it wouldn’t have been any fun to do this without you.
  • I probably could have done this without you, but I wouldn’t have wanted to.
  • I couldn’t have done this without you. Literally. You paid the bills.
  • It’s safe to say we have enough blackmail on each other at this point that we better keep each other around. That’s my way of saying I value you deeply as a friend.

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Cash and gift cards are wonderful graduation gifts because you can use them for anything you want. It can be especially helpful when you are embarking on a new phase of life too. The only downside is that it can be hard to know what to say in a thank you note for graduation money. Here are some examples of things you could write:

  • Thank you for the gift! It will come in handy as I prepare for this next chapter of my life.
  • From the bottom of my heart, thank you for the generous cash gift. I can’t wait to use it for dorm room decorations [or insert some other spending plans].
  • You’ve already supported me in so many ways, so I’m truly grateful for the monetary support as well.
  • Thank you for doubling my graduation excitement with a generous gift!
  • [Insert name of store where the gift card is from] is one of my favorite stores. I can’t wait to go. Thank you so much for the generous gift card!
  • Your generosity really went above and beyond and I am truly touched!
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  • It was so wonderful to be surrounded by all the friends and family who supported me during my studies. I’m so glad you could come celebrate with me.
  • Seeing your face made all the hard work worthwhile!
  • Thank you for showing up for me—both at my graduation party and just in life in general!
  • Thank you for celebrating with me and supporting me along the way!
  • I’m so grateful that I was able to be surrounded by all the friends like you who supported me along the way!
  • I loved sharing my celebration with you! It meant so much to me that you could be there on my special day.

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Now that you understand the formatting that makes a great graduation thank you note and have a lot of examples of the kinds of things you might say, we’d like to leave you with a few final pieces of etiquette and tips:

  • Send timely notes of gratitude: Wondering when you should send your graduation notes? A great rule of thumb is to send them within two weeks of receiving your gift. Plan ahead by ordering a set of thank you cards before any party or event is hosted. As you purchase your graduation announcements or graduation invitations, simply add some thank you cards to the order. If you want to include a picture on your card, be sure to organize your graduation photo shoot early. This way you can have cards on hand to quickly compose your messaging and get them in the mail.
  • Don’t write all your messages at once: If you do this, all your cards will sound the same and they’ll begin to feel insincere. Budget enough time to spread the work out over at least a few days.
  • Penmanship and spelling do matter: If your letter is filled with typos or your handwriting looks sloppy, it will seem like you didn’t really care and were just rushing through. On the other hand, if you take your time and compose your message thoughtfully, this will come across to your recipient and they will feel genuinely thanked. If you need to, practice what you’d like to say on a piece of scrap paper before you use a card to avoid wasting cards.

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What do you write in a graduation thank you card examples? ›

Thank you for remembering my graduation. Your card was so sweet and I'm glad I could celebrate this with you. I'm looking forward to celebrating future accomplishments with you soon. “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” Thank you so much for being a part of my graduation celebrations.

How do you write a good thank you message? ›

Simple Thanks
  1. “You're the best.”
  2. “I'm humbled and grateful.”
  3. “You knocked me off my feet!”
  4. “My heart is still smiling.”
  5. “Your thoughtfulness is a gift I will always treasure.”
  6. “Sometimes the simplest things mean the most.”
  7. “The banana bread was fabulous. You made my day.”
  8. “I'm touched beyond words.”
Apr 20, 2022

How do you respond to graduation wishes? ›

Thank you for the congratulations. Thank you so much for recognizing my efforts. It's good to hear from you. Thank you very much for your kind and encouraging email.

How do you write thank you meaningfully? ›

Be sure to take the time to relay your gratitude.
  1. I appreciate your help.
  2. I am grateful for your help.
  3. I am so very grateful for your time.
  4. I greatly appreciate your help.
  5. Thank you for such a wonderful contribution.
  6. Thank you for taking the time.
  7. Thank you for taking the trouble to help me.
  8. Thank you for all the help!
Dec 22, 2022

How do you say thank you meaningfully? ›

  1. Thank you again, I really appreciate working with you.
  2. Even though I may not say it all the time, I appreciate all you do.
  3. Thank you again for your support, it made a real difference for me.
  4. Thank you for all that you do.
  5. Thank you!
Nov 17, 2021

How do you write a thank you in unique way? ›

Other Ways to Say “Thank You So Much” and “Thank You Very Much” in Writing
  1. 1 Thank you for all your hard work on this. ...
  2. 2 Thanks again, we couldn't have pulled this off without you. ...
  3. 3 Thank you, you're amazing! ...
  4. 4 I'm so thankful for everything you bring to the team. ...
  5. 9 I appreciate your hard work. ...
  6. 16 Grateful for your support.
May 17, 2019

What is the simplest way to thank good? ›

“I really appreciate it. I'm really grateful.”
  • “I really appreciate your patience.”
  • “I really appreciate your taking the time to explain things.”
  • “I'm really grateful for your friendship.”

What are some thankful quotes? ›

Appreciation Quotes
  • “I appreciate you more because of the road I've traveled. ...
  • “I appreciate you…especially your heart.” — ...
  • “Make it a habit to tell people thank you. ...
  • “Appreciation is a wonderful thing. ...
  • “Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.” —
Jan 11, 2022

How to reply to thank you? ›

8 Responses to “Thank You” That Mean (Even) More Than “You're Welcome”
  1. “Happy to!” Delighting someone else is one of the great pleasures of being human. ...
  2. “It was my pleasure.” ...
  3. “I'm so glad you liked it!” ...
  4. “I'm so glad it was helpful!” ...
  5. “Of course!” ...
  6. “It's an honor!” ...
  7. “Any time!” ...
  8. “You're most welcome.”
Dec 10, 2022

What do you say in a thank you card? ›

Let them know they made your day special with these kind messages.
  • Thank you for thinking of me on my special day.
  • I can't wait to use my new gift!
  • I couldn't have picked out a better gift for myself if I tried.
  • You knew exactly what I wanted.
  • You know me so well, what a precious gift!
  • Your thoughtfulness is a gift.
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How do you respond to thank you for congratulations? ›

Thank you so much for your good wishes. I greatly appreciate your love and support. This is such amazing news, and I'm so happy I got to share it with you. Thank you for congratulating me.

How do you say thank you for money and card? ›

How to Thank Someone for Money
  1. Thank you for the generous gift of money! ...
  2. Thank you for my birthday money. ...
  3. I really appreciate the gift card. ...
  4. Thank you for thinking of me on my special day. ...
  5. This was such a wonderful surprise. ...
  6. You always think of me, and I really appreciate it.
Dec 23, 2022

Should you mention the amount of money in a thank you card? ›

Avoid words like cash, check, money...

And you should absolutely never mention the amount. Instead, include a phrase like "thank you for your generosity." No matter how much they gave, it was a generous gesture.

How long should a graduation thank you note be? ›

Thank you etiquette doesn't require long notes. Three to five sentences is plenty. If your graduation thank you messages are longer than your online graduation ceremony (if you had one), they're certainly too long. And they don't need to be particularly formal.

How do you say thank you without sounding cheesy? ›

Therefore, let's learn the following ways to say 'thank you'!
  1. Thanks a million/ Thanks a bunch. Thanks a million, you have helped me so much!
  2. I really appreciate it. ...
  3. That means a lot to me. ...
  4. That's really kind of you. ...
  5. I don't know what to say. ...
  6. You shouldn't have. ...
  7. I owe you one. ...
  8. I couldn't have done it without you.
Nov 23, 2020

How do you express heartfelt thanks? ›

With an intonation that's thoughtful and deliberate, you can say:
  1. I cannot thank you enough.
  2. Words cannot express how much you mean to me.
  3. I am more grateful to you than you'll ever know.
  4. I'm eternally grateful.
  5. You have my deepest thanks.
  6. I'll never forget your support and kindness.
Sep 16, 2022

How do you say thank you in a sophisticated way? ›

I sincerely appreciate your help. A formal way to express appreciation for someone's help. Please accept my deepest thanks. A very formal way to give thanks; mostly used in official written correspondence.

What are 3 ways to say thank you without using the words thank you? ›

Show Your Appreciation With 25 Other Ways To Say “Thank You”
  • I'm so grateful.
  • I appreciate it.
  • Thanks for your hard work on this.
  • I couldn't have done it without you.
  • I owe you one.
  • Much obliged.
  • Thanks for having my back.
  • Please accept my deepest gratitude.
Dec 9, 2021

How do you say thank you in a few words? ›

Personal thank you
  1. I appreciate you!
  2. You are the best.
  3. I appreciate your help so much.
  4. I wanted to thank you for your help.
  5. I value the help you've given me.
  6. I am so thankful for you in my life.
  7. Thanks for the support.
  8. Thanks for all you do.
Aug 3, 2022

What is a good sentence for Thankful? ›

thankful (to do something) I was thankful to see they'd all arrived safely. thankful for something He wasn't badly hurt—that's something to be thankful for. She was thankful for the darkness which allowed her to slip away unnoticed.

What is a nice thank you verse? ›

Isaiah 12:4-5 (NASB) And on that day you will say, "Give thanks to the LORD, call on His name. Make known His deeds among the peoples; make them remember that His name is exalted." Praise the LORD in song, for He has done glorious things; let this be known throughout the earth.

What are 10 examples of being thankful? ›

We've listed a few for you here:
  • Holidays with family (or friends)
  • A good meal.
  • A comfy couch or chair.
  • Thank you notes.
  • Your favorite Thanksgiving side dish.
  • Freedom of Religion.
  • Working with your hands.
  • Unconditional love.
Feb 26, 2019

How do you make a simple thank you card? ›

Writing a Thank You Note
  1. Use your best handwriting or calligraphy. ...
  2. Include a salutation and the person's name on the inside of the card. ...
  3. Thank the person for what they did or gave specifically. ...
  4. Compliment the person or express good wishes for them. ...
  5. Sign your name to end the letter.

How do you thank someone for congratulating you on graduation? ›

Here are some other ways to say it:
  1. “I really appreciate…”
  2. “I'm so grateful for…”
  3. “Your graduation gift means a lot to me.”
  4. “I'm deeply thankful for…”
  5. “You really blessed me [by coming to the graduation/with your wonderful gift].”
  6. “Wow! ...
  7. “It really warmed my heart when I opened [the senior year photo book].”
Jul 22, 2019

How do you write a thoughtful thank you card? ›

What to Write in Thank You Cards
  1. Open your card with a greeting that addresses your card recipient. ...
  2. Write a thank you message to express your gratitude. ...
  3. Add specific details to your thank you cards. ...
  4. Write a forward-looking statement. ...
  5. Reiterate your thanks. ...
  6. End with your regards.
Jan 18, 2023

How do you write a thank you for generosity? ›

Your generous gift was greatly appreciated and put to good use. I want to express my sincere thanks to all who were involved in getting this generous gift to me. Thanks again.” “Thank you so much for your generous donation.

How do you end a thank you card? ›

These note closings are just as strong and provide extra usage options.
  1. With sincere gratitude,
  2. Best regards,
  3. With sincere thanks,
  4. Gratefully yours.
  5. With deep respect,
  6. With gracious thoughts,
  7. All my thanks,
  8. With true appreciation,

How do you write a short and sweet thank you card? ›

Let them know they made your day special with these kind messages.
  1. Thank you for thinking of me on my special day.
  2. I can't wait to use my new gift!
  3. I couldn't have picked out a better gift for myself if I tried.
  4. You knew exactly what I wanted.
  5. You know me so well, what a precious gift!
  6. Your thoughtfulness is a gift.
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