Create a Custom Graduation Invitation in Canva

Design and share a custom invitation for your graduation ceremony. With over 100 different layouts to choose, you'll never be stuck for inspiration!

How to make a graduation invitation - Canva

Custom invitations your friends and family will love

Graduation is a special occasion worthy of spectacular design! You don’t need to be a graphic designer to create an amazing custom invitation in Canva. Simply add your own photos to one of our layouts and change the fonts and colors to create a memorable graduation invitation you can share with your family and friends.

How to make a graduation invitation

  1. Launch Canva

    Sign up for Canva with your email, Facebook or Google account, or simply log in if you already a user. After that, search for the “Graduation invitation” design type and browse templates or open a blank page to get started.

  2. Select a template

    Need some inspiration? Canva’s library of graduation invitation templates got you covered. Click on the template to add it to your page, then adjust the layout and rearrange elements as you see fit.

  3. Explore features

    Use the photos effects and animation features to spice up images, illustrations, icons, stickers, and other graphics. You’ll find all the design elements you need in our vast library on the left side panel of the editor.

  4. Personalize your design

    Want to add a more personal touch? Upload your own photos, images, and school logo. Choose matching school colors, font styles, and backgrounds that all tie up the greatest feat in a student’s life.

  5. Share or print

    Once you’re happy with your design, it’s time to spread the word about your graduation day. Share your invitations via social media or email. Send copies to family and friends using Canva Print and enjoy free shipping.

Open a New Graduation Invitation

Upload college photographs for a personal touch

Celebrate your favourite college memories by adding personal photos to your graduation invitation. You can upload as many of your own images to Canva as you like.

If you want to add some additional images, you can also choose from our library of over 1 million stock images, illustrations and graphics. Many of these are also free, while others are all priced at just $1 each.

Share directly to social media

Spread the word about your graduation straight from Canva! Share your design straight to your Facebook wall or Twitter feed in just a few clicks.

Print in stunning high definition

Want to kick-it old school? Create an awesome graduation invitation you can print in stunning high resolution. Simply save your design as a PDF to prepare it for print.


Address graduation invitations by filling out the recipient’s name and address on the front of the envelope, hand writing or printing the address in three lines and printing or stamping the return address in the upper left hand corner or back flap of the envelope.

A graduation invitation should include the name of the graduate, the location and time of the graduation and a line inviting the guest to the ceremony. Common lines are “[Name] requests your presence at a Graduation Ceremony” and “With great pride, we invite you to share our happiness at Commencement Exercises.”

Popular fonts for graduation invitations include Cortado Regular, Birra Stout, Omnes Regular, Bistro Script Regular, Sutro Heavy, Park Avenue, Brush Script, Snell Roundhand and Commercial Script. You want your font to be clear and readable but with class and elegance, so choose something warm that also reflects the formality of the event.

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