Graduation T-Shirt Ideas

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Graduation T-Shirt Ideas
Every graduate wants a T-shirt to commemorate the occasion. (Jupiterimages/Comstock/Getty Images)

There are few milestones in the life of a young person more significant than graduation. Graduation signifies the completion of one chapter of life and the beginning of another, so whether or not you're graduating from preschool, elementary school, high school or university, the occasion deserves celebration. A great way to commemorate graduation is by creating graduation T-shirts for the graduating class.

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Quotes and Sayings

Quotes, sayings and proverbs strike an emotional chord with people regardless of what they are referring to. When the quotes reference a situation or event that is already emotional in nature, the effect is even stronger. Consider adding a graduation-themed quotation to your T-shirt design. For instance, an inspirational quote such as, "We know what we are, but know not what we may be" can be added to the front of a shirt while "Class of 2019" can be printed on the back.

Make Your Own T-shirt

Another option for graduation T-shirt ideas is to organise an event with all graduates where each makes her own T-shirt. Have a basic white cotton T-shirt printed with "Grads of 2016" in large print across the front of the shirt, and distribute one to each graduate. Have a variety of decorating materials on hand, such as iron-on patches and fabric paint, and let graduates design their own graduation T-shirts to fit their personal style.

Classic Designs

Classic designs never go out of style, especially when it comes to garments made for special occasions. Consider ordering basic T-shirts in your school's colours with simple phrases such as "Graduates of 2021," "Class of 2021," or "Grads of 2021" printed on them. Have your school's logo or mascot printed on the chest and consider having each graduate's name embroidered on the sleeve of his T-shirt.

Back-Side Signatures

A fun idea for a graduation T-shirt is to feature a simple, classic design on the front while really personalising the backside. One way to do this is by creating a signature template to be printed on the full back of the T-shirts. Using a letter-sized piece of white paper, have every graduate sign his name in random positions. Scan the paper on to a computer and print the scan out on a piece of speciality iron-on paper that can be purchased at any craft store. Iron the design onto the back of the T-shirt and repeat the process for the amount of T-shirts needed.

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