Spring is in the air, and millions of students in high schools, community colleges, and universities are ordering graduation invitations and announcements in anticipation of their big day.
According to the government’s National Center for Education Statistics, in 2017 more than 3 million seniors will graduate from high school and another two million students will receive degrees from universities.
With that many graduates slated to walk, you might want to get at the front of the line when ordering your announcements, invitations and graduation party specialty items, says Christy Edmunds, manager of Hilburn Printing in Shreveport-Bossier.
“It’s a busy time of year and print projects are just one of the many things on the list of things to do for graduates and their families. Starting early gives you plenty of time to plan, create and print the items that will make your moment memorable.”
If you’re celebrating a graduation this spring, Christy offers some tips to help prepare you for the big event.
Tip # 1: Personalize It
The digital age has made it easier and more cost-effective to personalize print projects and reflect a graduate’s personality, preferences and school spirit.
“Graduation is a personal achievement and invitations and celebration specialty items should reflect that,” says Christy. “There are a number of ways to make graduates feel special about their big day including customized invitations, announcements, signs, cups and balloons.”
Hilburn Printing’s in-house artist can create one-of-a-kind artwork, or you can use your favorite Etsy or online designer. Either way, Hilburn Printing can walk you through customization choices for paper stock, envelopes, and ink color as well as help you choose between party cup and balloon options.
Tip # 2: Sign It
Signs are a great way to make the day more personable and keep the theme in play. You can print signs for family and friends to wave from the stands during the graduation ceremony and then hang them on the walls at the celebration party.
“To reinforce your theme, you can tie in the art from the announcements or invitations onto signs,” says Christy.
Tip# 3: Photograph It
You can’t get more personal than a photograph. Christy suggests inserting a small photo of your graduate in cap and gown or maybe hire a designer to create a photo card featuring your graduate as a kindergartner and one in cap and gown.
“It adds a special touch to feature a ‘then and now’ photo,” says Christy.
Tip #4: Simplify It
Keep the design clean and uncluttered. You don’t want over-the-top graphics to detract from the ‘star’ – your graduate!
Tip #5: Plan It
Don’t wait too long to get started. You should allow 5-7 days for the completion of your projects. And if you hire an online designer you’ll need to figure in extra turnaround time for that as well as the time it takes to address, stamp and mail the pieces.
Bonus Tip: Forgot Name Cards? We Can Help!
“Unfortunately, every year invitations printed by schools arrive without name cards,” says Christy. “You need the name cards so that those receiving the invitations know who the graduate is. Once the invitations arrive, there usually isn’t enough time to order the name cards from the school printer. If that happens to you, know that we can print the name cards quickly so that you get the invitations in the mail on time.”