When graduation ceremony time comes around, sending flowers is an easy way to congratulate the graduate when you can’t be there in person. Since there are so many options here are some graduation flower tips on how to choose the best flower bouquet to send to the new grad.

Colorful Roses and Lilies

Bright, Colorful Flowers

Make their day even more cheerful by sending a bouquet of sunshine. If you are a boyfriend looking to give flowers to your graduate girlfriend, Peruvian Lilies are known as a flirtatious bloom and come in an array of playful colors. Carnations are great graduation flowers for men. They also come in any color you can think of and have to sweet fragrance. If you are interested in giving the grad a carnation lei, visit our How to Make a Carnation Lei page.


Orchid leis are popular congratulatory gifts to present to the new graduate. However, if you are unable to be at the ceremony in person, then send orchids online to tell them how proud you are of them. The most popular color orchid is purple, followed by white and green. Another option is sending an orchid plant. The plant can be a wonderful keepsake that will grow with them as the start this new chapter in their life.


When in doubt send roses. Whether it’s the classic red rose bouquet or a colorful mixed bouquet of roses, nothing is as evocative as these flowers. Yellow roses are cheery and a whimsical way to express admiration, which should be the number one statement you want the grad’s bouquet to say. Orange-colored roses are unique and enthusiastic. Though red roses sometimes symbolize romance, they really are just the perfect way to say “I love you” to your graduate. Don’t forget about white, pink and lavender roses too! Here at ProFlowers, we say give them a rainbow of roses.

Blue Iris Yellow Lilies

Follow the Theme of the School’s Colors

Send flowers that match the colors of the grad’s school. The most common school colors are blue and white. Blue Iris bouquets can help you achieve this. Iris flowers also work great in mixed bouquets, so if the school colors are blue and yellow, buy a bouquet of blue iris and yellow tulips. If the school colors are white and red, we suggest a bouquet of red roses and white lilies. With so many flowers available online, you can make any color-combo.

Also don’t forget to send thank flowers to the host of any graduation parties you attend. It’s an inexpensive way to thank them for opening up their home. We recommend bright flowers in a clear vase that will match any home décor for later use.