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3 Tips for Sending Graduation Flowers that Say Congratulations

Thursday, January 20, 2022

Whether it’s from high school, college, a trade school, or preschool, graduation is a significant milestone in someone’s life that’s worthy of celebration. Flowers make a wonderful celebratory gift for your graduate. Here’s what to consider when selecting graduation flowers.

Happy graduate in cap and gown holding a bouquet of flowers, celebrating her academic achievement with a joyful smile outdoors surrounded by trees.
Vibrant bouquet of flowers held in hands, featuring bright pink gerberas, red roses, pink alstroemeria, and green accents on a white background.

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Things to Consider When Selecting Graduation Flowers

The great thing about choosing flowers for graduation is that the graduate can know your sentiment whether you’re able to attend the ceremony or not. The best time to give graduation flowers is after the ceremony if you’re attending. If you can’t be present for the special day, sending a thoughtful arrangement to the graduate’s home can let them know you’re thinking of them on their special day.

Think outside the bouquet

A floral arrangement or bouquet is a lovely gift, but a boutonniere or corsage can add a statement to the graduate’s gown or outfit. The graduate can also preserve the boutonniere or corsage as a keepsake.

Incorporate school colors

An easy way to choose flowers for graduation is to incorporate the graduate’s school colors in the arrangement, bouquet, or boutonniere.

Keep their favorites in mind

Does the graduate have a favorite color or favorite flower? Incorporate these things in your graduation flowers. If your graduate likes dogs or cars, for example, many flower arrangements can be made into shapes depicting someone’s favorite things.

Add in something special

Include a heartfelt note, gift card, or photo within the arrangement or bouquet. If you want to go a step further, you can create a gift basket that includes a small flower arrangement, plant, or bouquet together with snacks and other things your graduate enjoys.

Make the party stand out

A statement-making arrangement can help your graduation flowers stand out at the graduate’s party. Whether you’re sending a special gift to the graduate or are in charge of throwing the party, arrangements and centerpieces can make the festivities pop.

Common Flowers for Graduation

Roses, lilies, daisies, and carnations are some of the most common graduation flowers. These blooms also come in a variety of colors, making matching your graduate’s school color simple.
If you’d rather not match your graduate’s school colors or they don’t have a favorite bloom, here are some other color choices and their meanings:

  • Yellow: Symbolizes succes

  • Green: Symbolizes new beginnings, perfect for graduates heading off to further their education or begin new jobs

  • Red or white: This is a classic combination of colors for any occasion. If the person you’re giving flowers to doesn’t have a favorite flower, it is usually safe to send white flowers.

Outside of color choices, here are some other common graduation flowers:

  • Roses: Though they are most commonly known to symbolize love, roses can be used for various occasions. And because they are one of the most popular flowers, they are usually included in arrangements or bouquets. While red roses signify love, other colors like orange or yellow symbolize enthusiasm, cheerfulness, and admiration.

  • Orchids: If your graduate likes caring for plants, an orchid plant can be a thoughtful gift. Orchids also come in various bold colors, perfect for a celebration. Orchids can also signify that you’re proud of the graduate and can be a way to express your pride, especially if you’re unable to attend the graduation ceremony.

  • Hydrangeas: These ball-like flowers come in various colors and signify gratitude. Hydrangeas can be a heartfelt way to express your appreciation for the graduate or your relationship with the graduate.

  • Daisies: As mentioned above, daisies are a common graduation flower because they’re easy to find, long-lasting, and come in various colors.

  • Sunflowers: These tall flowers are popular graduation flowers because they signify cheerfulness.

Whether you can attend your graduate’s graduation ceremony or not (or, let’s face it, if it’s virtual because of the pandemic), a thoughtful flower arrangement or bouquet for the graduate is the perfect way to say congratulations.

Roses, lilies, daisies, and carnations are some of the most common graduation flowers. These blooms also come in a variety of colors, making matching your graduate’s school color simple.

Elegant white lilies and green foliage arranged on a clean white background scattered with soft pink and gold confetti, creating a festive and sophisticated composition.