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10 unique graduation announcement
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10 UNIQUE GRADUATION ANNOUNCEMENT AND INVITATION IDEAS & TRENDS

For the class of 2020, this is a graduation year unlike any other. High school and college students all over the country have overcome unprecedented challenges head-on to reach this special milestone in their educational journey. Start planning ways you can celebrate your graduate by reviewing our trendsetting assortment of cards and unique graduation announcement ideas for 2020. We have hundreds of designs geared to commemorate graduations of all kinds this spring and summer.

Minted’s community of artists across the globe have submitted some truly unique designs in 2020, and we guarantee you will find a design that speaks to you. We offer both graduation party invitations (maybe your school is hosting a virtual ceremony) as well as announcements and have curated ten of our favorite design trends from our brand new collection. From classic and formal designs to bold and modern announcements, every graduate will be able to find an announcement or party invitation at Minted that suits their unique personality. Graduates and their loved ones will cherish these printed announcements as keepsakes for years to come.

MINTED’S TOP 2020 DESIGN TRENDS FOR GRADUATION ANNOUNCEMENTS

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2020 Vision

2020 is a unique graduation year – both in numerical symmetry and experience. Why not commemorate this with a design that highlights the year? The two zeros in the “2020” make for a fun way to incorporate round photos and put extra emphasis on twenty-twenty. Customize the design with the graduate’s name, school, and a photo of them in cap and gown for a bold and memorable graduation announcement. Make it feel extra special with a design that has “2020” foil-pressed in the grad’s school colors.

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Retro Chromatic

One graduation announcement idea we are seeing in 2020 is to add a colorful pop of retro rainbow hues. Choose from Minted’s trend-forward designs featuring vibrant photo overlays that make even the most simple photos stand out. Similarly, our designs with chunky vintage typography and stripes in an array of bright colors can help capture a modern look. Pair this styling with a snapshot of the grad holding up a peace sign at the beach or sitting in a field of flowers to capture a true throwback bohemian feel. The warm color palette of a retro chromatic grad announcement will match the grad’s beaming pride and happiness for reaching this milestone.

3

Seal of Approval

Stamp your graduation announcement with a simple-but-sophisticated and completely customizable seal. Minted offers numerous designs featuring this refined and elegant trend. Include “20” in the center of the seal to highlight the year, and surround the year with “the class of” and other customizable text. Some ideas include the graduate’s name, the school they are graduating from, their degree or area of study, or a short quote that inspires them. Make the seal extra scholarly by adding custom foil or changing the colors to match the grad’s soon-to-be alma mater.

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Noteworthy

A lot went into the past four years, and many graduates have a lot to reflect upon and say! Minted offers an array of designs that allow grads to add custom notes to mailers. This creative graduation announcement idea allows students to add a letter of thanks to friends, family, and mentors that helped them on their journey. Our beautiful vellum overlay graduation announcements allow you to pair a heartfelt note with a keepsake photo. Searching for the right words? Minted has you covered. Here’s a starting point for what to say in your noteworthy graduation announcement:

“As I begin this new chapter of life, I wanted to take a moment to reflect on these past years and thank you for being part of my journey. They say “it takes a village” and I am so grateful to have you in mine. Your friendship, mentorship, encouragement, and guidance helped get me to this moment and become who I am today. While I am excited about this next adventure, I will always look back fondly on all that I have learned and experienced over these past four years. To my friends, family, teachers, coaches and anyone who has helped me grow – thanks to your support, I am now a graduate!”

If you would like to speak to the unique experience you’ve had graduating in 2020, a year with unprecedented challenges for graduates, Minted has a couple designs that can hopefully help communicate how you are feeling in your graduation announcement. Try Class of 2020 Statement for an optimistic reflection or Virtual Support for a little playful humor.

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Staggered Layout

A simple but striking design trend in Minted’s newest graduation collection is offset or staggered text layouts. They offer a beautiful and trendy way to stylize your graduation announcement. Recipients’ eyes will dance across the card as they read the custom text and stay intrigued. We offer designs with an array of staggered customizable text like the graduate’s name, “2020”, and the word “grad.” This simple type of treatment makes for a modern yet timeless announcement.

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Touch of Shine

Now is the time for the class of 2020 to shine. What better way to make them feel special than with a foil-pressed graduation announcement or party invitation? Minted offers the largest assortment of foil colors to choose from. Options include gold, silver, rose gold, glittery gold, glittery silver, bronze, black, ice blue, and red. We also now offer mix-and-match foil, which allows graduates to pair any of these gorgeous foils with a custom card background color. For example, pair a forest green card with gold foil to highlight your school’s colors in an elegant and personal way. Make your announcement even more special by adding these foil colors to any customizable text like the grad’s name, school year, or area of study.

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Classically Framed

Looking for a timeless look that will put the focus on the graduate’s photo? Look no further than our collection of designs with classic frames. Your grad announcement will feel like a framed photo worthy of being hung on a wall for years to come. Our designs with foil frames will give your correspondence dimension and put the spotlight on the student’s photo. Select a coordinating border color that ties back to school colors or a classic black and white. Incorporate the grad’s name inside the frame atop the photo for a cohesive and elegant look.

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Clever Copy

Show off your sense of humor with a Minted design featuring funny sentiments. Some of our favorites include:

Many class of 2020 grads are finishing up their studies virtually. Help lighten the mood around this unprecedented commencement year with designs recognizing the weird times we are in.

If you are earning a special certification or higher education degree, Minted has graduation announcements with clever copy uniquely suited for these special achievements too:

  • Earning a degree in nursing? “SHE EARNED IT” lets you put the focus on your hard work and your new title as a registered nurse (RN) in a witty way.
  • How about a master’s degree? “Mastered It” is a playful way to announce this achievement.
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Hats Off

The diamond-shaped mortarboard will forever be a symbol of graduation, even if your ceremony is being held virtually. Minted offers many designs that pay homage to this tradition, from diamond photo frames to text layouts and imagery of gold foil-pressed tassels. If you are looking for a communication that says “hats off” to your grad, these are the perfect designs for you.

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School Colors

A graduate’s pride is not limited exclusively to fulfilling their scholastic requirements. Many have a strong pride in the school and town they are graduating from. Show off that school pride with a card customized in your school colors. If you do not see your desired colors available, fear not! You can always make a special design request when personalizing your card and our team of design associates will customize your card uniquely for you. Some other special ways to highlight your school colors are through the use of our many foil colors (including our brand new red and black foils) or by packaging your graduation communication in colored envelopes. The colors we have available are silver, black, kraft, navy, spruce, charcoal, antique rose, cloud blue, aubergine. We offer white ink printing on our dark envelope colors.



WHERE TO GET STARTED

Looking for even more unique graduation invitation ideas or graduation announcement ideas? Minted’s founder and CEO, Mariam Naficy, has hand-selected a small curated assortment of her favorites. Mariam’s skilled eye for design has helped shape Minted as a destination for design innovation. Her Founder’s Picks collection features bold type, fun copy and sayings, unique photo treatments, and striking foil-pressed design elements.

Already have the perfect photo in mind for your graduation correspondence but unsure what Minted design will best complement your photo? Give Minted’s easy photo-styling service called “Text Us Your Photo” a try. Simply text your photo to 22737, complete our brief style survey, and our team of Minted design stylists will text you back 5 graduation announcement designs selected and styled with your photo for free! The best part is that all 5 design options will automatically be uploaded to your account customized with your photo and specified text. All you need to do is pick your favorite and check out.

For a faster, more DIY approach, try our Find It Fast™ filter. While browsing through our assortment of designs, click “Use My Photo” in the upper left corner. There you can upload your photo and Minted will automatically mockup what each design looks like with your photo in it. This allows you to determine which designs best make your graduation photo shine at a quick glance.


TIPS & TRENDS ON WHAT TO WEAR

Maybe you haven’t snapped the perfect graduation photo just yet. Minted has some great tips for capturing photos on your cell phone that you’ll be excited to share with friends and family. Looking for ideas on what to wear? There are many choices to make sure your photos feel uniquely you. And remember, you can always plan for numerous outfit changes!

  • Classic cap and gown - Seasons come and go, but the pomp and circumstance stands the test of time. A few shots in the classic commencement garment is always a family favorite.
  • Go casual - Have your favorite school sweater or jacket on hand to capture the everyday nostalgic strolls across campus. Wearing clothes you are most comfortable in will help your photos feel natural.
  • School colors - Get creative with this one! Find a creative and stylish outfit to sport the official colors of your high school or university while also conveying your unique fashion sense. Pair the colors and style with the design of your announcement or invitation for a cohesive touch.
  • Dress up - Many graduates are heading into the professional world after graduation. Why not look the part in your best suit or business attire? You’ll exude confidence in your photos and show that you are ready to take on life’s new challenges.
  • Incorporate props - Your high school or college experience will be defined by your area of study and the extracurricular activities that you dedicated your time to. Show off what made your educational journey uniquely yours by including your musical instrument, sports equipment, or theater costume in the shot.

PHOTO LOCATIONS & GRADUATION POSES

After finalizing your wardrobe, you next have to consider a creative location that follows social distancing guidelines and a pose to capture the moment. Here are some of our top location suggestions:

  • At Home - It is a difficult time to get outside and snap photos. Take this as an opportunity to give your graduation photos an intimate and personable feel with an in-home photoshoot. Capture shots in your favorite cozy nook of your home, on the steps of your front porch, or next to a tree you love to study under in the backyard.
  • In Nature - Is there a park or field near your home that your grad frequents on morning runs or evening walks? Capture a beautiful photo in the fresh air during golden hour (just before sunset or sunrise).
  • At School - It may be challenging to get onto campus at this time, but a shot under your school’s entrance or near a popular statue in the quad could be a good option. Maintain social distance and hold onto the memories of campus through your graduation card.

Here are some fun poses to incorporate into your photoshoot:

  • Throwing the Cap - This is a classic graduation tradition! Toss your cap in the air to celebrate accomplishing your academic goals. Have a sibling or family member snap an image as you look up in the air at your cap.
  • Jumping for joy - No cap? No problem! Throw yourself up into the air and have your photographer capture you mid-jump!
  • With Friends - If you are able to get together with friends, group shots make for the best keepsakes. Maybe you have some past photos of you and your fellow graduates together that you could incorporate into your graduation announcement. If you plan to throw a joint graduation party, group shots are perfect to put onto your party invitation.

WHAT TO PUT ON YOUR GRADUATION ANNOUNCEMENT

For a comprehensive breakdown of what to put on your graduation announcement, see our graduation announcement etiquette and wording article. This breaks down the anatomy of a graduation announcement in detail. For a quick overview, your graduation announcement should include the following:

  • Your full name
  • A declaration that you are graduating. This can include copy like “class of 2020,” “announcing the graduate,” etc.
  • The school you are graduating from
  • A photo of you

If you are graduating from college or a specialty school, you can also include your area of study or the degree you are receiving. Another great thing to share is what your upcoming plans are after graduation. Are you volunteering? Maybe headed to college? Friends and family will love to hear what’s next for their favorite graduate.