13 Steps to Design a Great Graduation Diploma

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13 Design Steps To Help

Create Amazing Diplomas

GraduationSource has high-quality stock “Diploma of Graduation” certificates available for immediate shipment. However, why not take a little more time and let us fully customize your school’s diploma? We offer many different styles and options to create the perfect certificate for your school’s needs. Here are the thirteen steps we take to design the ideal diploma for you.

Important Factors Before Ordering :

  • You must order a minimum of 25 diplomas for customization.
  • Diplomas must be ordered 4-6 weeks before your need-by date.
  • Custom diplomas are non-refundable.

Custom Diploma Design Steps

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Step 1

Specify New or Existing Designs

Are we duplicating or creating a new diploma? Many customers already have a current diploma that they want us to replicate. We are just as happy to build a new diploma from scratch.

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Step 2

Provide the Name of the School or Organization

The diploma or certificate you’re looking to design will include the name of your school. Sometimes, certificates are for programs within a larger program. Make sure we know if that’s the case.

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Step 3

Choose Size of the Diploma

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Step 4

Choose Header Type

When creating the header of the diploma we will need to know two things:

  1. Should the header be black or shadowed?
  2. Should the header be straight or arched?
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Step 5

Select Print Type

Flat or Thermograph Print. We give you the option of the wording on the diploma to be standard flat or a raised print (also known as thermograph). You can choose one or the other or a combination of both.

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Step 6

Choose Font

Typically, it’s either Old English or Script, but you can discuss other options with our sales team.

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Step 7

Supply Logo or Emblem

If applicable, please obtain an original black and white version of your logo. You will then choose if you want your logo to be full color, plain black, or foiled (raised gold or silver).

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Step 8

Provide Signatures

If you’d like signatures pre-printed on the diplomas, we will need a scanned version of each signature in black pen. You can provide up to six signatures.

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Step 9

Submit Student Names

For an additional fee, we can print the student’s name on each diploma. Please note that the names can only be flat printed.

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Step 10

Chose Paper Type

While some companies offer multiple paper options with lots of fancy names, your options boil down to two real choices: white or ivory card stock. Both look great, but ivory is traditional.

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Step 11

Request a Quote

Before making any commitments, our sales team will send you a price quote. You can review before designing or replicating your diploma.

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Step 12

Request Artwork Mock-Up

Based on all of the details you provided, we will design a diploma for you to review before we place the order. If you have a copy of a diploma that you want us to duplicate, please send it to your salesperson.

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Step 13

Approve & Pay!

Once you approve the artwork, we will place the order for you. You will have one more chance to look it over and make any changes once you finalize your order. Once you provide payment, we will begin processing and creating your custom diplomas.


Request a Custom Diploma Quote!

At GraduationSource, we are proud to create a beautiful document your students can cherish for a lifetime. Provide your graduates with proof of their achievements by ordering our custom diplomas today. Interested? Click here to request a quote.

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