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Congratulations!

You did it. After years of hard work -- 8am classes, late night study sessions, hectic midterms and finals seasons -- you finally have your college diploma in your hand. Graduating from college is a huge milestone, and you should be proud to show off what you've achieved.

If you aren't sure where to start when it comes to framing your college diploma, don't worry. We've got you covered. We'll walk you through everything you need to know to give your diploma the home it deserves and answer all of your college diploma frame FAQs along the way:

Keep reading because we’re going to answer all your questions in this guide!

Diploma frames

🎓What Should I Do With My College Diploma?

We know it’s difficult to decide right here, right now, what you want to do with your diploma. When you graduate from college, there's a lot more than your graduation cap up in the air -- where will you live when you move out of your dorm? Will you be continuing your education through a masters program, maybe even with the intention of achieving your PhD? Or are you a newly minted graduate with aspirations to join the workforce right away? 

Do you really want to go through the trouble of finding a frame for your diploma only to update it when you get your next degree? Does framing your BS matter if you really want to be an MD? Wouldn't it be easier to wait until you're settled in someplace to figure out what you want to do with your diploma?

So many questions.

Here’s what we can tell you -- no matter what path you plan on taking, a college diploma frame is a great way to preserve your diploma and let the world see what you've worked so hard to accomplish.

If you plan on getting a job, of course you’re going to start out in an entry level position. You may not have your own office, so you may be thinking, why should I buy a diploma frame? Well, the answer is -- you won’t be in that entry level position forever, and when you’re a big shot in the company a few years down the road with your own office, you’d wish you bought that diploma frame when you have the chance. 

Similarly, if your goal is to continue your education and keep earning degrees and certificates, then you’ll most definitely want a diploma frame! At some point your many degrees will land you an important position whether you want to be a professor or a higher up member of a company -- all these degrees should be displayed together to show off your achievements. 

Another factor is money -- maybe you paid for your college, or your parents, or even a mixture of you and your family members. Education is not cheap and lots of money was funneled into your degree through not only tuition, but also room and board, books, extra fees and expenses, and much more. Buying a frame and showing off your accomplishment honors yourself while paying homage and showing appreciation for those that helped you along your journey. 

The only issue is, not all diploma frames are one-size-fits-all!

Depending on your field and type of degree, there are different sizes for every diploma. Nothing is worse than ordering your beautiful new frame only to find out you purchased the wrong size. Well have no fear because we are here to guide you to success the first time around! 

🎓What Size Frame Do You Need for a College Diploma?

Most schools give out degrees on a standard size diploma, but it’s best to check before you purchase a frame!

Buying the right size diploma frame can be tricky, whether you're purchasing a frame for yourself or you're looking for a way to give your favorite college student a thoughtful graduation gift. To ensure you select the right size, you need to know what type of degree will be going in the frame. Don't worry, we've already done the legwork for you!

The most common standard diploma sizes are:

  • Doctoral degrees (non MD): 11" x 14"
  • Medical degrees (MD): 15 3/4" x 22"
  • All others: 8 1/2" x 11"

(or you can just save this handy college diploma size guide we put together!)

standard college diploma sizes

It’s important to note, the measurements we’ve listed are the usual or typical size, sometimes referred to as standard. However, this may not be the size of your diploma. Different colleges and universities sometimes have their own measurements. 

If you are unsure, you can visit your school’s website. The current diploma size measurements may be listed under Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) or under the business or registrar's office. If you still cannot find the measurements, you might want to look under the graduation tab. 

If all else fails -- you can resort to finding out the old fashioned way, grab your tape measurer and do it yourself. This will obviously have to wait until you or your student receives their diploma, but this is the most accurate way to get the proper measurements. To do this, measure across the top of the diploma to get the width measurement and across the side to get the height measurement. 

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The right size diploma frame depends on your school and the type of degree you will be receiving, it’s best to do some research before buying. 

🎓What Type of College Diploma Frame is Right for Me? 

There are all kinds of choices when it comes to frames, so choose one that speaks to you!

Your perfect diploma frame depends on your personal style and what you intend to do with your diploma. 

The right diploma frame for you depends on what type of personal style you have and how you want to remember your college career. Remember, this is an important accomplishment and you have every right to be proud of your achievement! There are a number of different college diploma frame styles:

  • Basic frame that just holds your college diploma, no muss, no fuss
  • College diploma frames that include images of your campus or prominent university buildings
  • Diploma frames with space to insert details or memories, like your favorite graduation photo or the tassel from your cap

We will walk you through the selection of frames to help you get a better understanding of what you want. 

✅ Traditional Diploma Frame

The traditional frame includes the basic elements that can be found on most frames. It includes a slot to insert your diploma and comes with instructions for easy insertion. These frames are usually made with a hardwood moulding fitted with a mat board that can either be black, or maybe one of your school colors. They are also embossed with your college or university’s name on the bottom board and your school crest/seal on the top border.  

This is a great choice if you’re heading into the workforce right after school and want to proudly show off your accomplishment. There will be no question as to where you got your degree, and these traditional frames look great with any decor.

✅ Photograph Diploma Frame

The photograph frame is displayed vertically with a place for your favorite graduation photo above your diploma. The hardwood moulding is accompanied by an elegant black mat board that will pair perfectly with future diploma frames and other furniture. This frame is best for someone who wants to personalize their experience by adding a sentimental photo of your big day!

You may want to choose this option if you want to add a little bit of fun to your diploma frame. You’ve made so many friends and memories over your four years, why not show off one of your favorite moments next to your diploma? Each time you look at it, you’ll be reminded of all the good times, and what a great accomplishment it was to graduate from your school. 

✅ Primer Photograph Diploma Frame 

The primer photograph frame depends on your college or university. These frames come in a variety of options, they include photographs of some of the most iconic features on your campus. Whether it’s the old main building, a physical piece of art, or an identifiable architectural element that everyone recognizes, or a photo of your campus from the archives, you’re sure to find one that fits your idea of perfect. If you attend a large university, there will be many options to sort through. The photograph will accompany your diploma and be encased in a hardwood frame fit with the matboard that best matches your school.

Choose this type of diploma if you have a specific landmark that you’d like included next to your diploma. Perhaps you like the style of the old main building, or would like to include the beautiful main avenue of your university. Whichever you choose, it will add a personal touch to your diploma frame, and show a little school spirit in the process!

✅ Diploma and Tassel Box Frame

Shadow boxes have become increasingly popular over the years. These boxes are characteristically made with your graduation cap, cords, stoles, pins, photographs, and your graduation tassel all arranged in a beautiful display to commemorate your college years. 

The diploma and tassel box frame plays on the idea of a shadow box. It includes a space for your diploma as well as a place to hang your tassel. This frame also comes in a beautiful hardwood moulding and black mat board that includes your school name and crest. The gold trim border makes for a beautiful compliment to the school seal which will be made from gold foil. This frame is perfect for someone who wants to display their diploma the traditional way, but with a little school spirit through your tassel. 

In the years to come, having your tassel framed next to your diploma is sure to bring a smile to your face. Afterall, you only get to graduate from college once! Creating space for this extra item is a nice way to keep the memory of your college graduation day alive and well so you can always look back on that time with happiness and pride.

✅ Custom Frames

Don’t see anything you like? Not to worry because you can place a custom order from your diploma frame and create the perfect one to match your personality and style. This is also a great option if you find out that your diploma frame is larger or smaller than the standard 8” x 10” or 8 ½” x 10.” There are many framing shops who would be happy to assist you with finding the perfect custom frame.

No matter what size diploma frame you choose, framing and displaying your college diploma is an excellent decision. Whether you want to go the traditional route, or you want to add a little space for a special picture from your time at school, there is no wrong way to frame your diploma! Diplomas look great on the wall, but you can also display them on a bookshelf or other tabletop space. And be sure, there is no decor or style that a diploma does not look great with! No matter if you have a black and white minimal theme, or you’ve got lots of wooden bookshelves and a desk, your diploma is going to look right at home.

🎓Where Should You Put Your Diploma?

Finding the Best Spot to Show Off Your Hard-Earned Diploma

Be proud of your achievement and the work that went into earning your degree -- remember that your education is responsible for giving you job opportunities, but it’s also where you met friends and memories that will last a lifetime. 

Finding somewhere prominent to display your diploma is a no-brainer for us -- you should hang your diploma because you worked and studied hard for four long years and your reward is the degree to prove it! Some students have trouble understanding the importance of their college graduation. Think about all the long hours and overnights you spent at the library, all of the group study sessions, mounds of flashcards, projects that took hours to perfect, and anything else that went into achieving your degree. It’s important and you should show it off with a sense of pride in this enormous accomplishment. 

But where, exactly, should your diploma live once it's in its frame?

📍At Work

Diploma frames are a great way to help you establish professional credibility. If you plan on being a doctor, teacher, therapist, or dentist, you can hang all of your degrees around the office to tell your clients the kind of educational background you possess. They will find solace in knowing you have an extensive background and are adequately fit and prepared for the job.

📍Home Office

Graduating from college is a very personal achievement! If you want your diploma frame somewhere a little closer to home, your home office could be a great fit. When working from home, it's important to create a space that feels productive -- and what's better inspiration than a reminder of what your hard work has achieved so far? The only question left is what you will do next!

📍Bookshelf / Home Library

Another great place to put your college diploma frame -- particularly if you're continuing your education -- is wherever you keep your books and study materials. Graduate school is a long haul -- and keeping your undergrad degree somewhere you'll see it often can be a much-needed reminder of how much you've accomplished already when things get tough.

College is a memorable experience. For many of us, these are the years that shaped us into the person we are today. College revealed our passions, our destination in life, our true self, what our goals are in life, and through the ups and downs, it was all worth it in the end. Most people will look back on their four years with great fondness and memories they will never forget. Hanging your diploma only reinforces these memories and helps us reminisce on the good times. 

With these options, you are sure to find the right frame for you! Once you have the accurate measurements down, you will be on your way to selecting a beautiful frame. On behalf of us, happy graduation, you did it!