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Custom Printed High School Graduation T-Shirts

Did you know that over 80% of high school seniors in Washington State feel a stronger sense of community when their graduating class shares a common symbol, such as a custom-printed T-shirt? 

As you stand on the brink of one of life’s significant milestones, consider the value of commemorating this moment with something tangible. Northwest Custom Apparel allows you to capture the spirit of your graduation in a personal and shared way among your classmates.

With options to include every student’s name and your mascot, you’re left wondering how this unique keepsake could enhance your graduation experience and beyond.

Over the years, high school graduation shirts have remained a beloved tradition, capturing the spirit of achievement and camaraderie among graduates. Have these graduation shirts kept their popularity amidst changing trends and digital age advancements? The answer is a resounding yes. High school graduation shirts aren’t just apparel; they’re keepsakes that embody memories of a significant chapter in your life.

Screen-printed graduation shirts, in particular, offer a personalized touch that makes them even more special. These shirts often feature the high school mascot the graduation year, and the graduates’ names, making them a unique memento of your collective journey.

Choosing screen-printed graduation t-shirts means you’re getting a warm, cozy memory that withstands the test of time. You’ll pull it out years later, perhaps for a ten-your-class reunion, and it’ll instantly transport you back to those crazy days in high school. So, when deciding on your graduation t-shirts, remember that graduation t-shirts are more than just t-shirts from Walmart. They’re a badge of honor, a symbol of your hard work and achievement, and a tangible memory of your high school experience.

What sizes should I order for High School Graduation Shirts?

Considering the diverse body sizes among graduates, ordering various sizes for your high school graduation shirts is essential. You’ll want to ensure every graduating student feels comfortable and included in this memorable celebration. Surveying or gathering data on students’ preferred t-shirt sizes is a good idea. This approach can help you stay within specific sizes while running short on others. Remember to start this survey 3-4 months before graduation. If you are a high school in Washington State, March is a great month to start the survey and get the student’s feedback. 

Typically, it’s wise to order a broad range of sizes, from small to XL, considering that some students may prefer a looser fit and have gained weight in the last 3 months. Remember, plus sizes also; ensuring a few 2XL and 3XL options can be a thoughtful consideration. A rough breakdown looks like this: small (10%), medium (30%), significant (35%), extra-large (20%), and sizes (5%). These percentages are just a starting point; you should adjust them based on your student body’s specific needs and preferences.

Can I add the students’ names to the graduation shirts?

After discussing the range of sizes for your high school graduation t-shirts, you might wonder if it’s possible to personalize them by adding all the students’ names. The short answer is, yes, you definitely can. Whether you envision every graduate’s name printed on the back or integrated into the design, it’s doable. The process isn’t just about slapping names onto t-shirts; it’s about creating a memorable keepsake commemorating graduation.

You’ll need to provide a complete list of names, ensuring accuracy and avoiding misspellings. You should type them out in a Google sheet or Excel and then share the file with your classmates so they can double-check the spelling of their names. Remember, once the t-shirts are printed, we can’t remove or fix spellings, so double-check. From there, the graphic artist will work their magic, arranging the names visually pleasingly. Whether your class is smaller with just 10 students or boasts 1,000 graduates, customization is scalable to fit your needs.

What Company Prints Graduation Shirts

Northwest Custom Apparel stands out as the go-to company for custom-printed graduation shirts, specializing in creating memorable class t-shirts with all the students’ names and the high school mascot. They’re not just printers; they’re experts at handling anything from small classes of 10 to those mammoth gatherings of 1,000 students. Imagine the entire graduating class, everyone’s name proudly displayed alongside your school mascot, captured on a shirt that’ll last a lifetime.

You’re working against the clock, especially with graduation around the corner. Most high schools in Seattle and Tacoma celebrate their commencement in June. This means you’ve got to get your orders in by April to allow enough time for all those names to be typesetted and double-checked. There must be room for errors when time is of the essence when printing t-shirts. 

Why Choose Northwest Custom Apparel for Graduation Shirts

Choosing Northwest Custom Apparel for your graduation shirts ensures you get top-notch quality and personalized attention to every detail. This company stands out as a leader in custom-printed t-shirts, specializing in creating perfect screen-printed high school graduation class shirts. They’re adept at handling orders of any size, from intimate classes of 10 students to grand assemblies of 1,000, making them perfect for any high school in Seattle, Tacoma, or beyond.

What sets them apart is their ability to incorporate every student’s name, along with the high school mascot, into the design, printed meticulously on the back of the shirt. This level of customization adds a personal touch that turns a simple piece of apparel into a cherished keepsake.

Time is of the essence, especially with graduation around the corner. Northwest Custom Apparel understands this urgency. They encourage getting your orders in by April to ensure ample time for typesetting and double-checking every name. This proactive approach guarantees your shirts will be ready for the big day in June.

Graduation is a milestone, and a custom shirt from Northwest Custom Apparel is more than just apparel; it’s a memory encapsulated in fabric, ready to be cherished at reunions and nostalgic moments for years to come.


High school graduation shirts are still a hit; you have every reason to order them. You can include every student’s name with Northwest Custom Apparel, making these shirts unique.

Whether you’re part of a small or colossal graduating class like Puyallup High School, they’ve got you covered. So, take your time. Get your orders in and celebrate your graduation in style.

Trust Northwest Custom Apparel to deliver perfection for this memorable occasion.

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