Best Graduation Thank You Sayings for 2020 Graduates

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Best Graduation Thank You Message Sayings for 2020 Graduates

COVID-19 has had a dramatic effect on nearly every aspect of society. This year’s graduates are unfortunately feeling the effects as well. Classes have been canceled and moved online, social opportunities have been badly dampened, and many graduates won’t get the experience of walking the stage to get their diploma.

It’s a sad state of affairs, which makes gifts and well wishes all the more important. We should all do whatever we can to support the class of 2020 and make sure they hear a hearty job well done!

And if you’re part of the class of 2020, you’re going to need to send thank you cards. If you don’t know how to write a graduation thank you message, read on.

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What to write in graduation thank you cards

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. Just speak from the heart. Here’s a basic structure you can follow to organize your thoughts.

1. Acknowledge the graduation gift.

2. Provide details about how you’ll use the gift or why you like it.

3. Say something nice about the giver or otherwise personalize the message.

4. Reiterate your thanks.

A few examples might be:

Dear Aunt Judy,

Thank you so much for the book you sent. It was such a thoughtful gift! I love the author so I can’t wait to read it. It’s nice to know you know me so well! It would have been nice to see you at my graduation party, but of course that wasn't possible so I hope we get to see each other again soon. Thanks again for the thought!  




Dear Uncle Bob,

I was really touched by your thoughtful graduation gift. I’ve been needing a new gym bag, and the one you sent me was perfect! I love the color and how roomy it is. As you said, I don’t have any excuse not to work out now! Thanks again for the unexpected surprise





Dear Janet, 

Thank you so much for the lovely graduation gift! I've been saying for a while that I wanted to see you New York, and now I have an excuse! I'm forever grateful for the broadway ticket you bought, and I plan to spend some of my graduation money on a bus ticket to the city. I hope this graduation thank you card finds you well. Your generous graduation gift is certainly making my life better (when we can actually travel again.) Thanks again for all the encouragement over the years and for your wonderful gift! 




This simple structure is adaptable to every possible gift you might receive. Adhering to it makes certain you don’t forget an important sentiment and helps your graduation thank you cards make a personal connection.

Thank you etiquette doesn’t require long notes. 

Three to five sentences is plenty.



Graduation day is the same whether it's a high school graduation or college, and a wonder graduation gift is appreciated in every instance. Thank you notes for checks and gift cards can follow the same structure as physical gifts, but require slightly different language. 

 In this case, you want to talk about your plans for the money. This lets the giver know that their gift is going to be used in a way that will make you happy. If you received a generous cash gift, some ways to show your appreciation might be: 


Dear Grandma and Grandpa,

Big thanks to you for the generous gift card you sent for my graduation. It was an incredibly generous gift. I’ve been saving up for a new 10-speed bike to take with me to college, and your gift brings me much closer to my goal. You’ve both always encouraged me to follow my dreams and I really appreciate that about you. Thanks again! 




Dear Mr. Jenkins,

I’m so grateful that you thought of me on my college graduation! I’m putting the money you sent me toward a new laptop. I’ll be sure to think of you when I power it up for the first time. So exciting! Thanks again for the warm wishes and the wonderful graduation gift! 




Dear dorm room pals, 

Thanks to all my friends in Shipman Hall! It meant a lot that you went in together for such a generous gift. This year none of us are getting a graduation weekend, a grad party, or a personalized graduation ceremony. But we still have each other and the huge accomplishment we achieved through our graduation journey. I hope this graduation card is enough to say how much you all meant to me. With heartfelt gratitude, I say, "thanks!" 




One important note. Normally you would include thanks for attending your graduation, but 2020 is an different sort of year. Keep this in mind, class of 2021.

Graduation thank you cards aren’t long, but you’ll likely have a lot to send. If you’d like the warmth of a handwritten card but don’t have the time to write them yourself, consider letting Simply Noted help.  

Our robotic handwriting machines can create wonderful, handwritten cards with your messages, which we’ll mail to your list. It’s one less thing you’ll need to worry about after graduation. 


Thank you cards are important after graduation because they show that you are grateful for the gift. It also helps to keep a good relationship with the person who gave you the gift. 

 Some other reasons why thank you cards are important after graduation are because they show your appreciation for the gift, it helps to keep a good relationship with the person who gave you the gift, and it can be used as a way to stay in touch with people you graduated with. 

 In general, you should always express gratitude for a gift. A thank you card is one way to do that. It is a physical representation of your gratitude that the other person can hold on to and cherish. 

 A lot of times, people choose not to send thank you cards because they feel like it is not necessary or they think it is too much work. However, taking the time to write a thank you card is a small gesture that can make a big difference. 

 Plus, thank you cards are not only for after graduation. They can be sent for any special occasion or holiday, like birthdays, Christmas, Hanukkah, or even just because. 

 There are many ways to show your appreciation for a gift, but one of the best ways is to write a thank you card. A handwritten graduation thank you card is a personal way to show how much you appreciate someone's support. It's also a thoughtful way to keep in touch with friends and family after graduation. 

 So be sure to show your gratitude. Right now, good feelings are in short supply and everyone's stressed, so showering those you love with gratitude is a great idea, and Simply Noted can help. 

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