chapter-2- tips for writing a great yearbook message

A very exciting part of having a yearbook is being given the chance to write your very own message! While there are countless ways to go about crafting this message, here are some helpful tips to keep in mind.



1 – Writing a great yearbook message if you’re a Principal or a Teacher

> Make it short but meaningful – As a teacher, you would want to impart your last words of wisdom to your students. However, keep your message short to encourage your students to read it.

> Use inspiring but relatable quotes – Quotes have long been used as yearbook messages, but relatability is the key to making it memorable.

> Add a dash of humour – there’s no need to be serious all the time! Adding funny anecdotes or school inside-jokes will definitely make your message an epic read.

tips for writing a great yearbook message - principal or teacher



“So my dear students, as you embark on a new chapter of your life, always remember that learning does not stop inside the classroom.

As Henry L. Doherty said, “Be a student as long as you still have something to learn, and this will mean all your life.” Every experience in life will teach you something. You just need to keep an open mind and open heart to see what lessons the world has to offer.

2 – Writing a great yearbook message if you’re a student leader

> Take this opportunity to thank your teachers and classmates – where would you be without them? Expressing gratitude always goes a long way.

> Impart some student advice to your fellow students – your experiences as a student leader are unique and not all of your classmates had a chance to be one. Sharing advice from your experiences will be very appreciated – just don’t let it be all about you!

> Share the best memories your class had. For all the highs and lows, your class has been there to experience it all. Reminiscing on the best times you had together might elicit a chuckle or a collective “aww” from your classmates.

tips for writing a great yearbook message - student leader


“I would also want to take this opportunity to thank Class A-2. You guys are simply the best classmates I could ever have. I would not have lasted as a student leader if it weren’t for your support and cooperation.

As we graduate from school, let us all leave with smiling faces. Never forget the happy times we had, from the interclass intramurals to Ms. Smith’s creative homeroom classes. Oh and Mrs. Jones’ chocolate chip cookies too!”

3 – Writing a great yearbook message if you’re in a autograph page

tips for writing a great yearbook message - autograph page

> Make it count! – It’s your last hurrah so leave a memorable and lasting message or quote – but keep it clean as well.

> Write something humorous:
– Written near the book spine: “I signed your crack!”
– Write upside down – “I’m the clown that came to town to write in your yearbook upside down.”
– “To the best looking troll I know.”

> Write about a memorable moment you had together.

> Keep it short – you’re not the only one writing in that autograph page, so remember to be considerate of others who haven’t written in there yet.

> Keep your handwriting legible – don’t waste your perfectly planned message with unreadable handwriting!


4 – What to avoid when writing a yearbook message

Now that you know the “do’s” of writing a message, it’s also good to keep in mind the “don’ts” of message writing. Consider your message like your final words: leave a positive legacy and equally positive words behind.

> Avoid writing a super long message

Unless you are the principal or the school head, you only have limited space to write your message. Be considerate of others. If you really have to write a long message, it would be nicer to do so in a letter.

> Avoid being cryptic

Make your messages readable and understandable. While you might want to make your message memorable, no one really wants to spend their time deciphering what you had written.

> Avoid only signing your name and not writing a message

Reading through messages is one of the most exciting things to do with your yearbook. Imagine what a downer it would be to be your classmate who reads through their yearbook, expecting a message from you, only to find that you just signed your name.

> Avoid writing rude or lewd messages

Keep it nice and clean, folks!

tips for writing a great yearbook message - what to avoid

What’s next?

So, as you’ve been through a couple of tips for writing a great yearbook message, you want to go a little further to find out how to nicely include your yearbook messages in your designs.

That’s when your free trial becomes very useful. Access right now for free and, while you read our design tips in Chapter three, you’ll be able to try everything on the go.

Remember, you can also download the eBook version of this guide and use it with your yearbook committee for free!

NOTE: this guide is part of our collection How to make a yearbook. You’ll find more guides like this here.



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