A Bit of Etiquette:
Every graduate deserves a celebration from the preschooler to the high school senior to the college grad and beyond. When sending invitations, always keep in mind that sooner is better. A rule of thumb is never later than two weeks before the event. Also remember that the bigger the city or if your event falls on a Holiday weekend or if you have guests traveling from afar as is often the case for graduations, even more notice is required.
The vital statistics to include on a graduation party invitation would be: the purpose of the invitation, the graduate's name, day and date of the event, time, name of place, location of place, name of host(s)/ hostess(es) and R.S.V.P. if desired. If the party is preceding or following graduation and you wish to include graduation details as well, it is certainly appropriate to do so. However, keep in mind that most schools have limited seating per graduate and you should always certainly check into this beforehand.
If lunch or dinner is being served, this should always be pointed out, otherwise guests will assume there will be the usual finger foods, cocktails for adults and cake and will eat accordingly before coming.
It is considered in bad taste to include such verbiage as "No children allowed" or to mention gifts even if your intent is to request "No gifts please."
There are endless ways in which to word a graduation party invitation and we have included some standard wording as well as some of our favorite more creative options below: