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The Complete Guide That Makes Framing Diplomas Simple


In 2019, about 3.9 million students graduated with some kind of college degree.

If you’re one of those students who recently graduated with a degree, you may be wondering how to display your accomplishment.

Getting a degree is no easy task, so there’s no shame in wanting to proudly showcase your diploma. Here’s the complete guide that makes framing diplomas simple.

The Frame Is Everything

Aside from the diploma, the frame is going to be the thing that most people notice. The diploma itself is obviously important, but the frame will really make it stand out. You shouldn’t rush into finding the perfect frame, but take some time to look at a bunch of different ones before you purchase it.

There are all kinds of different frame styles. You should consider where you’ll want to hang your degree. What does the design in that room look like? If you have a traditional office, you probably don’t want a contemporary frame and vice versa.


You could get a contemporary, minimalist, traditional, or even a shiny frame. They also come in all kinds of different colors as well. You could choose a frame that is gold, silver, a cherry finish, or even black.

In addition to that, you also get to choose what kind of molding or embellishments on the frame that you want.

Choose a Mat Color

After you’ve taken the time to choose the frame you want, you’ll then need to choose a mat color to go inside the frame and around your diploma.

While the frame will highlight the diploma, the mat will really make your diploma pop on the wall. What color mat you choose will also depend heavily on what kind of frame you get.

For example, if you get a dark frame, this will make the ink on your diploma stand out more, but you have to choose a mat that fits with a dark-colored frame.

In addition to different colors, there are also different kinds of mats that you can get. You should get one that will protect your document for years to come. But normally companies offer you the choice between leather, suede, or traditional mats.

Once you’ve chosen the color of the mat and what material you want, you’ll also have to decide if you want to have it display the official seal or logo of your university.

On the bottom border of the mat, you could also have it say the school name and the year you graduated.

These are all optional, and that’s why you should play around to make sure that you find a frame and mat that fits your style.

Make Sure You Have Glass Protection

When you’re choosing a frame for your diploma, you’re also picking something that will help preserve that important piece of paper for the coming years.

The paper won’t last forever, especially when exposed to sunlight or other chemicals.

When you pick a frame, find one that has glass with UV protection incorporated into it. This will help protect the paper and the ink from any kind of damage. If you’re going to hang it in a place where the sunlight hits it, you need to make sure that you get this.

Most frames just come with standard glass, so make sure you ask for an upgraded one to protect your diploma.

Choose High-Quality Materials

In addition to choosing some good glass, you want to make sure the rest of the frame (including the mat) is also of high quality.

The backing of the frame should be buffered so that it doesn’t rub against your degree and ruin it. You’ll also want to make sure that there is no acid in it so that it doesn’t end up ruining your document. The mat should also be acid-free or otherwise it will just eat away at the paper.

While buying high-quality materials may cost you more right now, it will be worth it in the long run when your diploma looks the same as the day you got it.

In addition to preserving your diploma, it will also look better when framed on your wall. Getting a degree is not an easy thing to do, and you want to display it proudly.

Customize It With Your School Logo

Lastly, you’ll have the option to customize it or personalize it with your school logo.

Before you can use the seal or logo, you’ll have to get permission from the school to use. However, if you can get it, it will really make your diploma frame that much more special and personalized.

Normally you can get the seal or logo in different colors or embellishments, so you’ll have to choose which type you want. You could also get it embossed, which means that it’s traced over with a gold or silver foil to make it shine.

Learn More About Framing Diplomas

These are only a few tips to know about framing diplomas, but it should be enough to get you started and figure out how to proudly show off your achievement!

Once you’ve figured out which style and matting you want, make sure that you search around for the right place to frame your diploma. Some companies offer higher qualities than others, and by shopping around, you can also make sure that you find the best price.

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