Pulling Teeth…or Getting Your Graduate to Write Thank You Cards

Photo Thank You Card Horizontal -- Striped Success Photo Graduation Thank You Card -- Sophisticated Swirls
You can’t do it for them, but it needs to get done—and the sooner the better. So, how do you, Mom, make it happen?  We have a few suggestions:
  • Let go of any guilt regarding the fact that your 18-year old has never done this before and should not need instruction at this age. That kind of thinking will get you nowhere.
  • Order graduation thank you cards and have them ready to go before graduation.
  • Set expectations in advance. Tell your son or daughter in so many words, “You will get gifts, and you will be expected to write a graduation thank you note in a timely manner to every single person.” Be sure they are listening when you say this.
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Graduation Thank You Cards

So, you’ve graduated. You’ve had your open house. Now what? Undoubtedly, you have been given a variety of gifts, including checks and cash and cards, from family members and friends who helped you celebrate your graduation. So now is the time to thank them for their kindness and their support.

This may sound simple, but for grads who are used to texting, writing a note is like landing on the moon. It’s been done, and is not something we need to do anymore. Unfortunately, social etiquette says otherwise, and so do all of the people who were there for you at your graduation party. So here are a few graduation thank you card ideas that will help get you started.

Step 1: Thank people in person, if possible, especially those who make it to your open house. Then, send a graduation thank you card at a later date to show your full appreciation.

Step 2: Make a list of everyone you invited to your graduation and open house. Most likely this will mirror, or at least be close to, your list for graduation thank you cards.

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Step 3:
Choose thank you cards that fit both you and your budget. Graduation thank you card ideas come in many different styles, from those featuring school colors to more trendy colors to those that even feature your photo. Also consider choosing graduation thank you cards that match your graduation invitations.

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