Congratulate Someone on His or Her Graduation — Letter-Writing Tutorial


The completion of a college degree by an employee, friend, or associate is a significant achievement which certainly should be recognized. You can also send a congratulatory note if the son or daughter of an employee or associate finishes a significant degree program.


1. Begin by expressing your congratulations for the achievement.


  • Congratulations on the completion of your degree!
  • I was delighted to receive your graduation announcement yesterday, and would like to congratulate you on the successful completion of your degree.
  • Congratulations! I always knew you would graduate with honors.
  • Finishing your degree is such an important milestone. Congratulations.
  • Thanks for sending me an announcement of your graduation from Doe University. Congratulations on a job well done.
  • You must be very proud of your son's graduation. I am certainly happy for him, and I'll bet you are as glad as he is that it's over!
  • I received your daughter's graduation announcement yesterday, and I want to extend my sincere congratulations both to her and to you.


  • a great accomplishment
  • always knew that
  • am very proud of you
  • are very happy for you
  • are glad it's over
  • congratulations are in order
  • congratulations on
  • extremely proud of
  • in completing your degree
  • just as proud as can be
  • know how hard you worked
  • long years of college life
  • must be very proud
  • on the successful completion of
  • on a job well done
  • on your graduation from
  • on the occasion of
  • reached a milestone in
  • received the announcement of your
  • thanks for sending me
  • the completion of your degree
  • was delighted to hear that
  • was delighted to receive
  • your graduation from
  • your graduation announcement

2. Acknowledge such things as the effort, dedication, energy, or sacrifice necessary for the achievement.


  • I have always admired your dedication and was thrilled to hear that you have been accepted into law school at Doe State.
  • Your dedication in pursuing your educational goals has impressed me tremendously. I can only wish the best to a very deserving graduate.
  • I know how hard you have worked to achieve this goal.
  • I know it has been a long four years for you, but you will never regret the time, energy, and sacrifice that you have put into this accomplishment.
  • We are very proud of all you have accomplished.
  • It has been a long haul for you, and we are all pleased that you have done so well.


  • all the extra work and effort
  • all those years of
  • all those late nights studying
  • all your hard work
  • all you have accomplished
  • are very proud of
  • by your dedication to
  • has been a long haul
  • have done so well
  • have been impressed with
  • have finally paid off
  • have always admired your
  • know how much it takes
  • know how hard you worked
  • long years of study
  • pursuing your educational goals
  • quite an achievement
  • reached your goal
  • the time, energy, and sacrifice
  • to achieve this goal
  • to a very deserving graduate
  • will never regret your

3. Mention the gift, if you are giving one.


  • A gift should arrive for you by UPS within a few days. I hope it is something you can use and enjoy.
  • We hope you enjoy the gift we sent.
  • We have sent a little something to help you celebrate the occasion.
  • I have enclosed a gift certificate for you to get something you need.
  • To help you celebrate, I have enclosed a dinner gift certificate for two at Doe's Landing. Please relax and enjoy yourself. You have earned a break!


  • a small reward for
  • a gift should arrive
  • accept this small gift
  • as a token of
  • hope you can use and enjoy
  • enclosed is a small
  • for all your hard work
  • get something you need
  • have sent a little something
  • have enclosed a gift
  • hope it is something
  • hope you enjoy the gift
  • how proud we are
  • just a little something
  • our way of saying
  • relax and enjoy yourself
  • so that you can
  • to enjoy yourself with
  • to help you celebrate
  • to mark the occasion

4. Express good wishes for the future.


  • I expect great things from you in the future.
  • Now that you are moving away and taking your first real job, I hope you will keep in touch. If there is anything I can do for you, please let me know.
  • Our warmest hopes and wishes go with you as you start a new chapter in your life.
  • Let me know how things go for you.
  • I know you will do well in your professional work if you maintain the self-discipline you demonstrated in school.
  • I wish you all the best in your future endeavors. I know you will go far.


  • a new chapter in
  • am confident that
  • as you face a new
  • as you make decisions about
  • as you start your
  • best wishes for
  • for continued success in
  • fulfill your dreams
  • hope you will
  • in your professional work
  • in your future endeavors
  • in the future
  • in the years ahead
  • keep in touch
  • keep up the good work
  • know you will go far
  • look forward to
  • may your future hold
  • off to an auspicious start
  • please let me know
  • warmest hopes and wishes
  • well prepared for
  • wish you all the best
  • wish you success and fulfillment

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