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For any student who has completed his high school, the high school diploma template is of high value. It recreates the experiences at school and reminds about the progress in life. Though it is just a piece of paper, it has a lot of value and helps you throughout your life.

Just like how it is important to a student, it is crucial for the educational institution as well. Diploma certificates are given away at a graduation ceremony where there are many witnesses and it is important to pay attention to its design and data.

It is a must for the institution to make the certificates look professional and genuine as they will remain with the students throughout their life. This article guides you to choose the perfect one.

Types of Diploma Templates

Before you choose the template, you need to know the diploma category you belong to. There are secondary school and preschool types and the format differs for both. While you can find loads of templates online for free, never choose fake templates that can question your legitimacy.

If you have just completed your high school, you may have to choose graduation certificates from the exclusive list below.

Who qualifies for high school diploma certificate?

Students in highschool are expected to fulfill certain academic credits and undertake vocational courses that are termed as standards to progress to the next level. Students who perform really well and above the high GPA score qualify for honors high school diplomas while the rest receive college prep high school diplomas.

High School Diploma Template With Seal

First of all, let’s see how the standard graduation certificates look like and you can create your own just by observing the format and font style.

High school diploma with seal

This template is widely used to certify the students for their accomplishment of high school diploma course as it uses the perfect diploma fonts.

Diploma Certificate without hologram

If you want a diploma certificates without a hologram, you may have to add the institution seal in the footer, unlike Homeschool diploma. This template can be of great use to fill the details with the ready-made seal from the school.

high school diploma without hologram

Traditional diploma certificate

The conventional high school diploma certificate generally has information about the witness of the event, the board of education, the location of the institution. Also, the lettering must be extremely artistic. Such certificates are sometimes said to be outdated but it completely depends on the preference and choice of the individual or institution.

Traditional high school diploma template

Blank diploma templates

With designs getting better, it is a good idea to choose a customizable template that allows you to fill the data and just reminds you of placeholders for the same. When you choose a customizable template, check for its design. Make sure it’s not too fancy and is maintaining a professional look and feel.

Blank diploma template

The problem with a blank template is that sometimes you won’t know what to add at which place. That’s why you should go with them only if you know what you are doing. Otherwise, opt for a pre-formatted one.

high school diploma pdf

Suppose that you have completed diploma degree under the homeschool pattern and curriculum, the template given above is ideal for you. The source website detail is given in the footer and you can simply add name, day, diploma specialization in high school and year.

Elaborate high school template

It is just not enough if you edit any random template and present it to others. There are fine details to the certificate that you should pay attention to. Some websites charge as high as $30 for providing an elaborate one. But here, we have one for you that’s absolutely free.

This template is special for one reason that it explains the skill sets of the student along with the people who witness his graduation ceremony. It has all the elements that an original and trustworthy diploma certificate should contain to appeal to the receivers. You may have to use this to impress others!

elaborate high school diploma

Elegant diploma certificate

When you choose a diploma certificate, the alignment is of high concern. All the texts are centered. There is also a difference seen between the informative text and text containing names and locations in terms of colors, font face and sizes.

If the elegance of the certificate is your priority, this is the one you should opt for. It has a different style to it that not only makes it look professional but also very modern.

Elegant high school diploma

Minimal diploma certificate template

The interesting part about minimal design is that it looks attractive, credible, easy to edit and takes less than 30 minutes to get your final, printed certificate in your hand.

This template is gorgeous and has adequate space to append credits. The red ribbon at the bottom adds majesty to the certificate. This design is actually breaking the trend and is perfect for you to edit and use further.

Minimal diploma template

Unique high school diploma certificate

To keep up with the trend, institutions have now created fresh and eye-catching designs that include the regular text but with symbols that are used to honor someone on an award ceremony.

This unique template clearly highlights the name of the recipient and the course completed along with the image of the high school. The interesting part about this template is that it is easy to edit and brings the nostalgic memories about the school every time the person sees the certificate.

This design further enhances the credibility with the choice of neutral colors and simple pattern background.

Unique high school diploma

High school diploma template PDF

PDF version of the diploma certificate is highly preferred by the institutions because it is ready to print and it is only required to fill the data. Once you agree to the design and text in it, you can simply download and add your detail.

This certificate comes with a watermark that certifies the graduation of high school diploma and has all the necessary symbols. With the grey margin, the diploma certificate appears professional.

You can use any pdf editor to edit it and then take print out once done. As simple as that.

High school diploma template Word

Word format is supposed to be the easiest to download, edit, alter and upgrade the text or append the pictures. If all you need is to edit the text with the margins and alignment already done, this Word format is perfect.

Keep in mind that this is the simplest one you can get. It doesn’t have much design or fancy stuff but it works well. So, go ahead and download it.

College diploma template

When the education level progresses from high school to college, high school diploma certificate is what you need to carry. On the other hand, college diploma certificates highlight more about the specialization, proficiency and course duration. In general, a college diploma is awarded to those who have undergone 2/3 years of study in a particular field and has passed all the subjects with recognized ratings.

This certificate looks similar to that of high school diploma except that the text is elaborate. To create college diploma certificates of your choice, download the template and edit the college name.

Fill the course that has been completed. What happens with the fake template is that the university and course tend to mismatch. The course is unavailable in the university mentioned but you download with an urge to hand over a random certificate. This is one point that you should keep in mind before you hand over the college diploma certificate.

Importance of a college diploma certificate

The reason one has to spend extra time to choose the right certificate for completion of college diploma is that it influences the rest of the life. If you have a college diploma, it means that you have passed a high school diploma in flying colors. You are on the next stage of the life where this college certificate gives you chances for employment.

For a fresher to get a job, college diploma certificate acts as the base. When you hand over the certificate to the employer, the degree, specialization, university, and percentage are few aspects taken into consideration.

If the employer finds the candidate having a honors certificate, there is a potential opportunity for employment followed by a salary rise. Such students are also retained for a longer run by the employers as they are regarded as highly talented and competent to fulfill the desired work objectives.

Even if you wanted to pursue higher studies, this college diploma certificate will offer you the right colleges/universities where you qualify. Ideally, this certificate offers a pool of opportunities for you. Make sure that you choose the right template.

If you are a homeschooler, now in college, having a professional certificate will make you look good in front of the interviewer for sure. Although it is not necessary, having it would be a plus.

College diploma template

The traditional college diploma certificate comes in the portrait format and a margin that looks even presentable.


This is a fake certificate that you can download and enter your data.

Another extremely attractive college diploma printable is here:

College diploma graduation

Those who have secured honors in the degree are presented with a certificate that has a badge and additional 3D hologram to make it look special. This is a way to honor the students who have taken extra efforts to secure higher.


Preschool Diploma Certificate

Preschool is filled with fun and memories and kickstarts education for the rest of your life. A preschool diploma certificate is usually colorful and has nearly the same text as in high school diploma. All you need to do is fill the school name and child name.

There is no degree or any educational specialization of that sort that is deeply looked for. However, this preschool certificate is the base for you to enter the next grade.

Preschool diploma template

What should a diploma certificate contain?

In general, any diploma printable has 5 aspects. If you are looking to purchase a template, you may have to pay attention to these aspects to confirm the originality of it before you checkout.

Old English font is usually used in the template. This font is visible in the header as well as recipient’s name. Sometimes, the font is used throughout the certificate in different sizes. Remember that no fancy fonts are used in the high school diploma printable as it displays professionalism and fancy fonts can fake the accomplishment.

The header part of the certificate has the title of the template which is a high school diploma. In certain cases, the high school adds the institution name along with the image of the institution and established year to enhance the credibility. This is not mandatory though.

To download original templates, always have a check on the color of ink. Black is the globally used ink color to print the text. In recent times, high schools have stepped forward to adopt new colors to the certificate. In that case, it follows the color scheme of the logo. Verify with the logo to purchase the right one.

The ideal high school diploma printable has details on the recipient’s name, institution name, degree achieved, date, month and year of presentation of the certificate. Few institutions also mention the percentile. It is optional. When you purchase the template, ensure that the text has all these details and appears trustworthy to the readers.

There are certain words that every certificate should contain. ‘This certifies that’ is the phrase that is meant to tell the purpose of the certificate. ‘Has successfully completed’ is another phrase that informs the completion/distinction/honorary achievement of the degree/course of study. Important words like diploma will have to be printed in higher font sizes. Choose margins that are not too broad/clumsy. Opt for a calligraphic font.

The footer of the template has three portions. There are 2 signatures of the senior most people of the high school such as correspondent and principal. An original certificate will always have the signatures of the reliable and superior resources that the institution trusts on. Between the two signatures, there is a seal. This seal is either gold or silver. The seal is prepared from a hologram and is highly intricate.

Homeschool diploma template with Seal

Not every parent has knowledge of image editing in order to edit a certificate. This template eliminates this problem as it allows the users to edit the student name, diploma specialization, date and signatures in Word or PDF formats. It consumes minimum time and effort and it also has a seal in the footer. Homeschool Diploma with seal

Blank Homeschool Template

If the parent knows to fill information, then blank template is a perfect choice. The placeholders are left blank and the user will have to enter the student information. It uses good fonts which is a must. The template is already formatted and aligned. Download the image and directly enter the data. This is the advantage with blank template.

Homeschool diploma blank

3. Homeschool template with logo

Suppose you need a template with the logo of an institution, then the following template will help you out.

Homeschool diploma with logo

The margin has an interesting design and this template has detailed specifications that will direct the parent to enter data appropriately. You will be expected to know to remove the specification with an editing tool like Photoshop so you can enter your student’s data.


As per the global educational standards, every student needs 3 certificates – preschool, high school, and college completion. The preschool certificate can look cheerful and creative. Both, high school and college diploma certificates, are professional and offer added benefits to the students. An honorable certificate is precious and reminds the students of a pool of opportunities forever.

It is the role of the institution to honor its students with more opportunities by presenting an extremely professional certificate that is rich in design and proves genuineness with the choice of right text, font face, and overall structure. Further, the graduation ceremony is witnessed by a number of people and it would be right if the institution proves its class and standard just by means of properly designed and printed templates.

Also, for those who are homeschooling, having a proper certificate is equally important as it reflects the amount of hard work you have put in and that’s why it is mandatory that it looks very professional and not something created hastily.


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