How to write yearbook dedications

Updated November 21, 2016

One of the highlights of the end of the school year is receiving your yearbook that documents everything that occurred during the school year. Inside are student portraits and photos of club meetings, dances, faculty, and other events you will never want to forget. But one of the most exciting things about school yearbooks is the opportunity to pass them around among your friends and receive handwritten dedications on the blank pages. To write the perfect yearbook dedication, there are a few simple steps to keep in mind.

Address the person to whom you are writing the dedication. If appropriate, address the person by his or her first name or a nickname. This shows a bond and familiarity that will comfort the reader years after the dedication is written. You don't have to use "Dear (Name)" as in a standard letter. Rather, you can opt for something more casual, such as "Hey."

Include an inside joke or personal experience. This will increase the familiarity between you and the person whose yearbook in which you are writing. Perhaps you and this person had a class together, or were members of the same club. This is a good way to establish a bond as well as help preserve the memory for later.

Describe something about the person that you will never forget. Maybe the person was a great dancer, or was always quick with a joke. Praise something about the person and he or she will appreciate your kind words forever.

Wish this person the best in a future endeavour. Wish the person luck in the future, and offer a note about how to keep in touch. If you don't think you will see the person in the near future, let the person know you will miss him or her.

Sign the yearbook dedication. If your signature is completely unrecognisable, consider including your name written clearly in print below. This will allow the yearbook owner to clearly see who wrote the dedication. This is not an autograph you are signing, but adding a name to a tribute.


Draw on personal experiences to write a more memorable yearbook dedication.


Avoid name calling, obscene language, and any other offensive material that will upset the reader of the dedication.

Things You'll Need

  • Yearbook
  • Pen
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About the Author

Liza Hollis has been writing for print and online publications since 2003. Her work has appeared on various digital properties, including Hollis earned a degree in English Literature from the University of Florida.