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COVID-19 has had a dramatic effect on nearly every aspect of society. This year’s graduates are unfortunately feeling the effects as well. Classes have been canceled and moved online, social opportunities have been badly dampened, and many graduates won’t get the experience of walking the stage to get their diploma.
It’s a sad state of affairs, which makes gifts and well wishes all the more important. We should all do whatever we can to support the class of 2020 and make sure they hear a hearty job well done!
And if you’re part of the class of 2020, you’re going to need to send thank you cards. If you don’t know how to write a graduation thank you letter, read on.
Thank you etiquette doesn’t require long notes. Three to five sentences is plenty. And they don’t need to be particularly formal. Just speak from the heart. Here’s a basic structure you can follow to organize your thoughts.
1. Acknowledge the gift.
2. Provide details about how you’ll use the gift or why you like it.
3. Say something nice about the giver or otherwise personalize the message.
4. Reiterate your thanks.
A few examples might be:
Dear Aunt Judy,
Thank you so much for the book you sent. I love the author so I can’t wait to read it. It’s nice to know you know me so well! I really hope we get to see each other soon. Thanks again for the thought!
Dear Uncle Bob,
I was really touched by your heartfelt gift. I’ve been needing a new gym bag, and the one you sent me was perfect! I love the color and how roomy it is. As you said, I don’t have any excuse not to work out now! Thanks again for the unexpected surprise!
This simple structure is adaptable to every possible gift you might receive. Adhering to it makes certain you don’t forget an important sentiment and helps your graduation thank you cards make a personal connection.
Thank you etiquette doesn’t require long notes.
Three to five sentences is plenty.
Thank you notes for checks and gift cards can follow the same structure, but require slightly different language.
In this case, you want to talk about your plans for the money. This lets the giver know that their gift is going to be used in a way that will make you happy. Some examples might be:
Dear Grandma and Grandpa,
Big thanks to you for the Amazon gift card you sent for my graduation. I’ve been saving up for a new 10-speed bike to take with me to college, and your gift brings me much closer to my goal. You’ve both always encouraged me to follow my dreams and I really appreciate that about you. Thanks again!
Dear Mr. Jenkins,
I’m so grateful that you thought of me on my graduation! I’m putting the money you sent me toward a new laptop. I’ll be sure to think of you when I power it up for the first time. So exciting! Thanks again for the warm wishes!
One important note. Normally you would include thanks for attending your graduation, but 2020 is an different sort of year. Keep this in mind, class of 2021.
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