15 Funny Graduation Cards To Keep Things From Getting Too Serious On The Big Day

For many of us, it seems like just yesterday that we were graduating from college — donning our caps and gowns and executing that tricky simultaneous handshake diploma-grab maneuver, all while suppressing competing emotions of happiness, sadness, pride, and utter confusion. Even surrounded by hundreds of peers and receiving many a congratulatory pat on the back, it can be terrifying bidding adieu to the final phase of youth, not to mention being forced to accept the next stage: adulthood. If you have dear friends or family members graduating this year, send them one of these funny graduation cards that not only congratulates them for their accomplishments but also lightens the mood.

You still remember just how it felt to be standing there on graduation day, literally lost in the enormous stadium waving in the direction of the section your parents texted they were in, but also figuratively lost. Even if you secured a job or continued schooling post-graduation, you still felt adrift in the big sea called adulthood, struggling to find your bearings. Now it's time to have your graduate's back, letting them know that as big and scary as it all seems, they'll survive, and they'll have fun surviving. Put a smile on their face on a day when they're not sure whether to laugh or cry. Soften the blow of the impending realities of The Real World with the right touch of humor. Graduation is a serious matter, but celebrate your favorite grad with an attitude and card that commends their accomplishments while also making them chuckle.

1. Adulting All Over The Place

For that youngin' you know who's now, basically, a full-sized job-seeking human.

Wow Look At You Adulting All Over The Place Card, $5.56, Look Human

2. Sh*t Just Got Real

Remind them that the best four years of their life are officially over.

Sh*t Just Got Real Graduation Card, $5.95, Paper Source

3. Much Congrats

Very accomplishment! So respect! Much feels!

Funny Doge Meme Congratulations Greeting Card, $4.00, Etsy

4. Kan-YAY!

"Welcome to graduation." — Kanye West

Kan-YAY! Congratulations Card, $4.00, Etsy

5. Mic Drop

Grab that diploma and get off the stage.

Graduation Card, $4.50, Etsy

6. Cash Inside

Because you know what this new grad really wants.

Graduation Card — Money Holder, $4.50, Etsy

7. Effing Genius

For your favorite Summa Cum Laude.

F*cking Genius Letterpress Graduation Car, $4.95, Paper Source

8. The Bare Minimum

They say minimalism is beautiful.

Obligatory Congratulations Card, $4.50, Etsy

9. You Win

College certainly wasn't a carnival (well, maybe), but tell your grad they're a winner with this classic bag o' goldfish.

You Win Greeting Card, $5.00, Nylon

10. That Was Easy

A little dose of realism for your little grad.

Funny Graduation Card, $4.07, Etsy

11. Welcome To The Real World

This clever card unfolds to say, "Life after graduation? It's fantastic. I mean, I sure can't find any drawbacks. Welcome to the club." Cough cough.

It Sucks Foldout Funny Card, $5.00, Etsy

12. It's All Paper

Except this piece of paper didn't cost $200,000.

Fancy Paper Graduation Card, $4.00, Etsy

13. You're Not Finished Yet

That's a cute degree you have there.

Funny Graduation Card, $4.50, Etsy

14. It Actually Happened

This isn't a drill.

Graduation Greeting Card, $4.50, Etsy

15. That Diploma, Though

Sure, the Real World isn't exactly a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, but the grad in your life still has a lot to celebrate.

Cap And Gown Graduation Card, $4.00, Etsy

Images: Etsy (11), Look Human, Paper Source (2), Nylon