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Headings, paragraphs, blockquotes, figures, images, and figure captions can all be styled after a class is added to the rich text element using the "When inside of" nested selector system.

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  • after a class is added to the rich text element using the "When inside of" nested selector system.

Headings, paragraphs, blockquotes, figures, images, and figure captions can all be styled after a class is added to the rich text element using the "When inside of" nested selector system.

Making it through college is no easy feat. It's years of hard work. You have to get through long nights, tough classes, countless midterms and finals and projects. But here you are, on the other side of all of it. You did it! You’ve graduated!

Graduating from college is a huge achievement, and one that will open new doors that can lead to wonderful career opportunities. That piece of paper they hand you on graduation day means a lot to you and your family, so make sure you proudly show it off. There are a lot of ways you can do so, from traditional, to customized, but all frames all do one thing--display your achievement for everyone to see!

There are many ways to display a college diploma. The key is figuring out what the perfect way to display your diploma looks like ✨for you✨

Not sure that a traditional diploma frame is quite your style? Or perhaps even what a "traditional" diploma frame means? Fret not. There are tons of unique ways to display your diploma, and we've put together a list of our favorites to get you inspired. Here's a sneak peek of what's coming up:

  • Tips for deciding how to display your diploma
  • Traditional ways to display a college diploma
  • How to customize your college diploma frame
  • And more

Regardless of which of these unique ways of showing off your diploma you choose, it’s sure to look great on your wall, your office, or wherever you decide to display it. So let's get started!

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🎓Decide How You Want to Display Your Diploma

Answer Why, Where, and How Before You Start Shopping for a Way to Display Your Diploma

Okay, we know, we know -- you're excited to find the perfect frame for your diploma. Even though you probably want to jump right into the good part -- which is perusing sites for the perfect diploma frame to enclose your degree -- take a minute to think about why you want to display your degree and where you’d like to put it!

Consider Why You're Framing Your Diploma

Most people want to frame their degree because it shows that they’ve accomplished something, and that they have the credentials to back up what they put on their resume. Plus, it’s a big achievement and you deserve to put something on display that’s taken you years of work to accomplish.

Are you preserving your accomplishment for posterity? Are you looking for a way to remind yourself of college memories? Do you need a way to build credibility in your workplace? Figuring out what's most important to you is step number one in deciding how you want to display your diploma.

Location, Location, Location

Now, consider where you want to display your diploma once it’s framed. This will impact the type of frame that you get.

If you’re thinking that you’d like to display your achievement in a future workplace, then sticking with a traditional frame that is simple in design is probably your best option. 

If you’d prefer to keep your diploma in your home office--or even somewhere else at home--then you might want to get a little more creative. After all, not only are you displaying an accomplishment, you’re also creating a way to store your memories of your time at school as well. If you’d like to include a favorite picture with your diploma to make it an even more special addition to your home, this can influence the type of diploma frame you should be shopping for.

How's It All Going to Come Together?

If you prefer to hang your diploma, you’ll want to make sure you have enough wall space so that it doesn’t feel crowded out by other frames nearby. Diploma frames can be larger than other pictures you might already have on your wall, especially if it includes room for pictures, tassels, or graduation caps. Decide whether you want to have it as the only item on your wall, or incorporate other memorable pictures or items around it to complete the look.

If you would rather display your diploma on a table or shelf, ensure that you’ll have a suitable stand to do so. Framed diplomas can carry some weight to them, so instead of a stand, perhaps leaning it against something sturdy is a better option. The nice part about displaying your diploma on a shelf is that you can also place other items around it that you could not display on a wall. Include a glass with your school name, a favorite hat, or even other trophies or awards you accrued while you were in school.

🎓Unique Ways to Display Your Diploma

A Crash Course in the Traditional and Custom Diploma Frame Options You Have to Choose From

Now that we have a better sense of what you need your diploma frame to be and do -- show off your skills to potential clients, stay put when you hang it on a wall -- we can really start thinking about the types of diploma frames on the market. There are lots of unique ways to display your diploma, so we'll break them down by style to keep it simple:

  • Traditional ways to display your diploma
  • Custom ways to display your diploma
  • Unique ways to display your diploma
This is a classic way to commemorate your degree. Image courtesy of OCM.

‍Traditional Always Looks Good

You just can’t go wrong with classic style!

So now that you’ve considered why you want to put your diploma on display, as well as where you’d like to place it, now it’s time to see what’s out there! One of the most popular ways to preserve a diploma is to display the full degree and include the school colors and name. That way, not only do you get to have your diploma nicely framed, but you get the added bonus of the school’s name and colors that add to the sense of school pride and emphasize the importance of your accomplishment. The wood frame is a nice touch, and it adds a touch of elegance to the overall presentation of your diploma. This would be a welcome addition on the wall of your current--or future--office.

Having the school name visible is also a nice touch especially if you plan to go on to graduate school, medical, or law school, as it can help differentiate between your two degrees and where you received them.

Including a professional photo of your school is another great way to display your diploma. Image courtesy of OCM.

Another way to keep it classic but change it up a little is to opt for a vertical frame that includes both your diploma as well as a professional picture of your campus. This is a striking way to call attention to your frame when it’s hung on your wall--you can easily see the school name on the diploma as well as a beautiful picture of a well-known building or structure that is sure to bring back fond memories.

Try Customizing Your Look

Add a little something extra to your new diploma frame!

Maybe traditional just isn’t your style, that’s perfectly okay! If you’d like to try something new and different, consider going for your own customized look. If you’re the creative type, you can try to build your idea for a frame from scratch--including all the mementos and keepsakes that you want, in addition to your actual diploma. If there’s not, make one that does!

A diploma frame can be so much more than just a way to display a piece of paper, it can take on a very sentimental purpose and really house some special memories of your time at school. In addition to framing a diploma, you could add your tassel, graduation cap, and even a picture of you and your family from the big day. If you prefer, include a couple of pictures of friends as well for an easy way to remember all the fun you had with them at your university. Adding a personal touch also makes these types of wall hangings a great conversation piece. You can tell anyone that comes over about some of your fondest memories and why framing keepsakes, photos, and your diploma was definitely the right decision for you.

Maybe instead you want to remember a certain building or a location on campus where you spent a lot of your time while you were intensely studying for your finals, doing projects with your classmates, and more. If so, why not check out a beautiful diploma frame that also includes the building or spot on campus that your school is most known for! You can get a beautifully drawn portrait of this particular spot on campus in either color or black and white we love it because it not only complements your degree, but it is also a great memory of the campus and the experiences and memories that you have there.

Get a beautiful college diploma that also includes a beautifully drawn portrait of a spot on campus that you won’t want to forget! Image courtesy of OCM. 

If you’re not big into a drawing or a sketch for your college diploma frame, then what about a beautiful professional photo of this most popular spot on campus instead? There are plenty of reasons why this diploma frame is perfect for you and not only is it the most accurate depiction of this special place on campus that you never want to forget about. By including this famous campus spot with  your college diploma, it is a unique way to display and show off your achievement along with the school that you went to!

Are you interested in a beautiful picture of your campus to go alongside your college diploma? Make sure to snag one of these amazing photograph diploma frames for your school today! Image courtesy of OCM. 

Displaying Your Diploma is All in the Details

Another great way to make your diploma stand out from the crowd to include a little more focus on the details. If you’re creating a custom frame, many times you’re allowed to choose the colors of your school as the background or highlighting color. You can also choose what type of frame you want to tie the whole piece together. Consider adding some elegance with an ornate paisley or Celtic knot pattern. You can show off your sense of style this way, and have an awesome framed diploma for the wall or shelf!

Rustic brown wood or a deep mahogany color are some other choices for those who want to make their frame a little more personalized. Many of these ideas can be incorporated to a traditional frame or a customized frame with keepsakes, so the sky's the limit.

If you’d like something clean and modern, consider a floating glass display for your diploma. This interesting frame will allow you to easily hang or display your diploma and won’t take away from your decor. While this type of frame could easily feel at home with any ambiance, it looks especially eye-catching when included in a modern or minimalist office. You can choose to hang it or place it on a shelf for display with other items from your time at school such as photos or a tassel.

Add a personal touch to your diploma frame. Image courtesy of OCM.

Include a Little Depth to Your Frame

Make your display stand out!

Frames are typically meant to frame flat works of art or important accomplishments such as diplomas or certificates. You can, however, add a little extra to your diploma frame when you choose to include a shadowbox frame instead. Not only do these boxes look great either on your wall or on a shelf, but they easily showcase your diploma as well as any other memento you want to include. Depending on the size you choose, there might be an area for your paper diploma as well as plenty of space to pin objects such as tassels, photos, or a meaningful object such as a school varsity sports letter or other important keepsake.

There are all kinds of diploma frames to choose from, and it is most definitely not one size fits all. So think about where you’d like your diploma to be and then choose one according to your own personal style! What type of diploma frame did you get? Let us know in the comments!