How to Make Graduation Invitations on Microsoft Word

By Filonia LeChat

Achieving a graduation, from kindergarten up to law school, is cause for a celebration, and marking the day with a custom invitation gets attendees in the mood to fete the graduate. Instead of generic, store-bought invitations, make your own with Microsoft Word. After a couple of clicks through one of Word's templates, you're able to personalize the graduation invitation, sure to get the R.S.V.P.s rolling in and put you at the head of the class.

Things You'll Need

  • Digital photo (optional)

Step 1

Open Microsoft Word. Click the "File" tab. Click "New." Click the "Invitations" button. Double-click the "Party invitations" file folder and scroll to the middle to select one of the graduation invitation templates. Double-click and within a few moments, the card opens on the Word screen.

Step 2

Click into the placeholder text on the screen. Type over the text with the party details, such as date, time, location, the year such as "Class of 2011" and the graduate's name. Add additional text as desired such as the parents' names and how to R.S.V.P.

Step 3

Change the included picture(s) on the invitation template by clicking the "Insert" tab at the top of the work area. Add a photo of the graduate in cap and gown or a school picture by clicking the "Picture" button, navigating to the photo and double-clicking it, which adds it to the card. Add some of Word's artwork by clicking the "Clip Art" button and typing "graduation," "graduate," "diploma" or other related words into the "Search for" box. Click "Go" and double-click one of the image results to add it to the card.

Step 4

Click the "Page Layout" at the top of the work area. Click the "Page Color" button in the middle of the ribbon. Click one of the small boxes, such as one of the graduate's school colors, to give the invitation a colored background. Skip this step if printing on colored card stock.

Step 5

Click the "File" tab. Click "Save As." Give the invitation a name, select a place to save it to on the computer and click the "Save" button.

Tips & Warnings

  • Tweak another Word template for your use by clicking the "Card" button on the "Available Templates" screen. Double-click the "Occasion and events" file folder and scroll to the bottom to select one of the graduation card templates. Double-click and within a few moments, the card opens on the Word screen. Change the "Congratulations" graduate wording to include the party details.
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  • You're not locked into using one of Word's few graduation invitation card templates to make custom invitations. Any card may be customized with the steps above, so choose a card with an overall appealing design and go from there.