Graduation Shirt Ideas

Graduation is a solemn and prestigious affair, but there is nothing to say that the lead-up can’t be fun. Turn graduation time into “graduFUNtion” time with a cheerful and perhaps cheeky customized T-shirt. There are a number of ways to mass-produce the shirts. One affordable custom t-shirt option is screen printing. The difficult part is deciding what should be on the graduation shirt. The best approach to creating a graduation shirt is to keep what it says clever or tongue in cheek. Use a quote or a TV theme like Prison Break, or mimic a music CD – Newly Released. Need some help creating a custom graduation shirt? Follow the three design principles we discuss below!

Graduation Shirt Ideas

Custom T-Shirt Design Principles

Keep it Simple

Adhere to the concept that less is more. The t-shirt message will get lost if there are too many details, pictures, or too much writing.

Keep it Light

Light humor and making use of puns will create instant smiles. You might even get a few chuckles that bring out the feel-good factor.

Take Pride

The custom graduation t-shirt should memorialize the school spirit or something about the graduating class in particular. It should be a shirt to remember your school by and a garment easily worn with pride.

Style and Fit

Make sure to choose a shirt that fits properly so that they look good when worn. You also won’t want other students to feel uncomfortable wearing them. Remember, ladies’ shirts are different from men’s as they are more of a tailored fit.

Keep the style basic perhaps with a crew neck for the boys and a V-neck for the girls. It is also important for the shirts to be modest, so no midriffs or tank tops for either gender. Opt for short sleeves or long, as long as there is one! Avoid having plastic decals put on the shirts as these don’t wear or wash well and the shirt will lose its creative appeal.

Graduation Shirt Design Ideas

“Class Of”

Perhaps predictable, the “Class of ____” is always appropriate when crafted classically. It looks equally good with a modern twist, when animated, and when written in graffiti as long as it is legible.


Whether it’s “Senior Class Of 2022” or “ABC High Seniors 2022” this type of graduation shirt will always make an impact. Modern twists include the “Top Gun-ish” “Senior Squadron 2022” or the retail spoof of “Senior Citizens checking out on Aisle 22.”


“Keep Calm- We’re Graduating” is a take on British wartime posters, while “Making America Great in 2022” or “Making Great Seniors in 2022” is a political spoof. Then there is the “Checklist 2022 – Graduate (check) – done” or “Mission Impossible (check) – done.” You might also consider advertising slogan spinoffs such as “Graduating Class of 22: I’m lovin’ it” (sorry Golden Arches), or “Graduation – Just did it/ doing it” (with a Swoosh for a smile).


There is a myriad of great design ideas to explore on the internet. Pinterest alone has thousands to scroll and choose from. If you’re stuck for ideas, simply type “graduation shirt design ideas” or a variation of that, into Google or any other search engine. There is sure to be a design that works great for your graduation shirts!

Additional Information: Graduation Central – Baxter Arena Graduations 2022

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