Download these free printable graduation cards with positive quotes, and attach a little DIY money diploma for the perfect gift for the graduate. Within a matter of minutes, you’ll have your card and gift ready to go for this special event!

If you’re like me and running short on time, these time-saving graduation cards are a bonus. However, if you have a little more time, make this graduation cap card to hold a gift card.

graduation cards with positve quotes and money gift

We get invited to so many graduation parties as both friends and family, so I am always looking for creative ways to give money. I love that these cards have positive quotes to give the college graduate or your special high school grad a bit of encouragement for their new journey. They really are the perfect high school or college graduation card money holders!

College and high school graduations typically happen in May – we tend to get graduation invitations and graduation announcements in the mail beginning in April, but seem to wait till the last minute to figure out gifts every year. I hope this printable card helps you come up with a useful and inspirational gift for the favorite graduates in your life!

Graduation Cards Supplies

This graduation card takes minimal time, supplies, and comes together beautifully. So if you are ready to begin, here is what you need (affiliate links included):

graduation cards supplies which includes free printable cards, glue dots, twenty dollar bill, scissors, and ribbon


First, we’ll make the homemade “diploma.” To do that, simply roll up your money, and tie it with a little piece of ribbon. What a cute money diploma!

diy money diploma - a twenty dollar bill with blue ribbon beside it and another twenty dollar bill with blue ribbon wrapped around it making the diploma

Free Graduation Cards with Positive Quotes

To put these handmade cards together in minutes, just download and print the card in color on white cardstock.  Then cut out the flat card. Finally, attach the money diploma to the card with a glue dot.  It will fasten your cash gift to the card securely, but not harm the money.

This card is for those special girls! You will find one card of each design on the paper. I just love the fun graduation card messages.

Download the two-card set —->{ She believed she could so she did!”graduation card download} {“And so the adventure begins!” graduation card download}

positive quote graduation card that says she believed she could so she did

This card will work for either a boy or a girl. Isn’t it true…. an adventure awaits them!

and so the adventure begins positvie quote graduation card

Grab some black envelopes that fit a 5 X 7-inch card (I found mine at a craft store, but they can be found online also) and you are ready to wish your grad a bright future! If you’re wondering what personal greetings to write on a graduation card, or how much money to give at graduation, read on for some tips.

graduation cards with money diploma being slipped into black five by seven envelopes

Check out these graduation gifts you can make.  I hope all these free graduation cards and gift ideas make celebrating all the grads in your life easy!

Here are some more graduation money gifts. When you look them over, you will find printable graduation gift tags that you pair with a funny gift.

creative ways to give money

What do you write in a graduation card?

The money is nice, of course, but nothing makes a new high school or college graduate as proud as the heartfelt words of a loved one on their big day. What do you write in a graduation card?

In general, you should congratulate the grad on their accomplishments, wish them well, related some personal wisdom or anecdotes if you have some, and make it sincere. Tell a joke if that’s how you roll!

You can always include a graduation quote on their personalized graduation card, but if you’re feeling stuck, keep it simple and sincere. Try some of these elegant ways to say “congratulations”:

  • You are bound for great things – you’re off to a great start!
  • This is just the beginning of your adventure! Congratulations!
  • You’ve worked hard to get here – the world is waiting to see what you’ll do next!
  • Anything is possible. You have so much to offer.
  • Here’s to a beautiful and successful future!
  • We are so proud of all you’ve accomplished. Congratulations.

How much money do you give for graduation?

You’ve got your card, you’ve got your personal message for your graduate. So now to the really tricky question that seemingly everybody struggles over: how much money is appropriate to give as a graduation gift?

The answer to that question depends on how close you are to the grad, what level of educational milestone they’ve achieved, and other personal factors. One thing you shouldn’t assume is that a cash gift will be interpreted by your graduate as too impersonal – many young grads prefer to receive money because they’ve got a lot of new expenses as they start the next chapter of their lives.

If you aren’t that close to the graduate, you might give a gift of money ranging from $20 to $50. A coworker, neighbor, or family friend might give an amount in that range. If you’re closer, you might give more than $50. Parents or grandparents, for example, would give $100 or more.

That said, it all depends on finances and your personal situations. How much you give comes down to how much you are comfortable giving.

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Wishing all you grads a Happy Graduation and much success in your futures.


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  1. Hi Cindy
    Some great cards here
    Would you happen to have the male version of the Graduation Printable that reads
    “SHE believed she could so she did”
    Looking forward to hearing from you

  2. Love this idea! Do you happen to have a boy version of the “she believed she could” card?

  3. What a creative way to attach money to a card, I loved it. This is the perfect gift you can send in the mail.

  4. Thanks for making these I have used them over and over to give money to grads.

  5. It’s graduation in my school at the end of the month, and thank god that I read your post !!!!
    Thanks for sharing great card!

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