The examples below provide a basic template to congratulate graduating students. You may edit, remove, or add content as desired. Replace the text in RED with your school's info. Text in [Yellow] represents personal data from your spreadsheet or list of students.
If a student graduated with honors: Add a separate [Honors] column to your spreadsheet . Insert a placeholder for it after the word "graduated". If a student doesn't have data in that cell, Merit will skip it.
If a student has two majors: Add a column called [Major 2] to your spreadsheet. Include the word "and" before the second major so that it fits whether a student has a second major or does not. For example, [Business] [and Marketing].
General graduation story
Merit Title: [Spring 2017] commencement
Merit Summary: [Merit University] congratulates more than [1,000] students who received their academic degrees on [May 4, 2017].
Merit Title: [Merit University] to Recognize Graduates at [Spring 2017] Commencement
Merit Summary: [Merit University] will recognize more than [1,000] candidates for graduation during the College's [Spring 2017] Commencement Ceremony on [May 4, 2017] . The [Merit University] class of  will be awarded [bachelor's and associate's] degrees at the ceremony.
Merit Title: [Merit University] Students Receive White Coats
Merit Summary:  students from [Merit University] [Pharmacy] program joined the ranks of professionals following a White Coat Ceremony on [May 4, 2017] . The ceremony for the class of  commemorated the formal presentation of a white coat for [Pharmacy] students as they begin working clinically with patients in hospitals and outpatient settings.
Merit Title: [Merit University] Pinning Ceremony Honors Nursing Graduates
Merit Summary: [Merit University] [May 4, 2017]