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45 Stunning Graduation Nails That Are Sure To Make You Stand Out

by Sherri Owens

It's graduation season! Students have been trooping in to get their nails done in the most elegant way possible. Most like to go all out (no surprise there, it's graduation) with long nails, pretty wave patterns, marbles, and jeweled rhinestones.

Others like to keep it simple by getting a single-color nail design and spicing things up with an accent nail or cute color french tips. Tons of people lean towards bright colored nails with jewels and rhinestones since they pair perfectly with the usually bland cap and gown.

Take a look at these 45 stunning graduation nails cataloged just for you to help you look your best and slay on graduation day.

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45 Incredible Graduation Nail Ideas

1. Shimmery Goodness

Why shouldn't you go all out for graduation? The extra-long square nails are definitely going to make a statement with how shiny and shimmery they are. A lot of people will be slaying for graduation, so you have to go the extra mile if you want to stand out.

shimmery grad nails

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2. Nude Nails with Flowers

Need a calm and high class for graduation day? Well, here you go. This classy graduation nails is a blend of nude and white in the most perfect way possible.

Nude Nails With Flowers

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3. Black and Nude Nails

The gorgeous gold rhinestones added on the accent nail here are just on another level of astonishing, the nude and black contrast so well to create a subtle and elegant look.

Black and Nude Nails

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4. 3D Flower Graduation Nails

These graduation nails are just spectacular. The 3D flowers and shining stones add extra glam to the graduation nail design's appearance.

3D Flower Graduation Nails

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5. Nude Ombre Graduation Nails

Searching for a cute graduation nail idea? Well, call off the search party. You're welcome. The ombre of this nail art goes almost unnoticed because of how nicely it blends. What takes the crown though is the gold rhinestones and 3d flowers added.

Nude Ombre Graduation Nails

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6. White Graduation Nails with Rhinestones

Why look simple when you could look phenomenal? Go all out with these long nude and white graduation nail to create a nail look that will give you butterflies whenever you see the pics.

White Graduation Nails with Rhinestones

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7. Cute French Tips with Pearls

Show me a more perfect manicure to use on your special day. This simple nail art idea is unique and subtle for your graduation day.

Cute French Tips with Pearls

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8. Pointy Glamorous Stiletto Nails

This rare nail art is stylish and feminine. It will go with any outfit you choose for graduation since it's a transparent nail with white outstanding rhinestones.

Pointy Glamorous Stiletto Nails

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9. Spring Graduation Nails

This is an elegant nail art inspired by spring. The flowers look so real and the shiny gel polish is all you need for adding that sophisticated and subtle glamorous look for your big day.

Spring Graduation Nails

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10. Beige Graduation Nails

A simple nail design with an ombre of beige and light nude nails. The added stones complement the nail art in the best way possible.

Beige Graduation Nails

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11. Glow in the Dark Graduation Nails

Have fun with your graduation nails by getting a beautiful manicure with red lettering that creates an absolutely amazing look. You could also use your school colors to make it more fun.

Glow in the Dark Graduation Nails

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12. Short Gel Manicure

More proof that you can't go wrong with a nude manicure. The short nails are glowy and elegant. The whole blue-green vibe going on here is something I'm loving.

Short Gel Manicure

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13. Graduation Cap Nail Art

These classy graduation nails feature navy blue coffin nails with a graduation cap. The graduation nail is cool and lowkey and would be loved by baddies that love single nail color.

Graduation Cap Nail Art

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14. Red Gel Overlay

Keep your graduation nails simple with this red gel overlay. This is quite subtle, except for the small stones and flowers added to the ring fingernails.

Red Gel Overlay nails

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15. A Hint of Gold

Stun on graduation day with these long square graduation nails with gold foil. Recreate this splendid look without being too extra.

Grad Nails with a Hint Of Gold

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16. Simple Grey

Just take a look at that accent nail, it makes the whole look refined with restrained elegance.

Simple Grey nails

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17. Marble Graduation Nails

This coffin shape beauty took a lot of hard work. Add your school graduation year if you wanna top up the fun.

Marble Graduation nails

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18. Reflective Glitter Graduation Nails

Need a classic french tip manicure to wow everyone? Here you go.

Reflective Glitter Graduation Nails

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19. Pink Classy Graduation Nails

Do you love this creative light pink and square nail art with a bow? Well, that makes two of us.

Pink Classy graduation nails

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20. Graduation Nails with Red Crystals

Seen a badder graduation nail art? I doubt. The classy red crystals on the pink and silver glitter nails make it look expensive and classy. Recreate or not?

Graduation Nails with Red Crystals

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21. Cool Color Graduation Nails

Use cool colors on your nails as shown here to match your graduation cap and gown.

Cool Color Graduation Nails

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22. Pink V-cut Graduation Nails

V-cut nails are a trendy style at the moment. No surprise there, since they are so cute and perfect for a near-summer graduation celebration.

Pink V-cut Graduation Nails

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23. Ombre White Graduation Nails

3D graduation nail ideas are becoming popular and I'm all for them. The blue crystals on the long nails are just what you need to compliment your graduation year outfit.

Ombre White Graduation Nails

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24. Gold Graduation Nails

Get your classy graduation nail in gold if you're all about the bling. This is giving the right amount of it.

Gold Graduation Nails

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25. Simple Coffin Graduation Nails

Take a look at these almost-white nails for graduation. This classy graduation nails design is minimal and would go well with a white dress.

Simple Coffin Graduation Nails

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26. Pink and White Graduation Nails

Who wants to look boring at graduation? Not me, which is why this fun-filled graduation nail design looks so appealing.

Pink and White Graduation Nails

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27. Nude Classy Graduation Nails

Nude graduation nail ideas are a timeless classic. These nails with jewels represent this really well.

Nude Classy Graduation Nails

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28. French Tip Nail Design

These nails are simple to recreate and flawless. The shiny top coat seals the deal, and the white is such that you can wear with any choice of clothing on your big day.

French Tip Nail Designs

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29. Simple Nude Nails

If I don't have a lot of time, this would be my go-to nail idea for my big day. The nude base makes the trendy silver glitter stand out beautifully.

Simple Nude Nails

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30. Cream Nails For Graduation

Nail designs look stunning in cream and this is no different. The white nails with pearls and flowers are sure to capture everyone's attention.

Cream Nails For Graduation

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31. Butterfly Rhinestones

These nails take the award for most classy graduation nails because it exudes pure class. The ombre and silver glitter blends well to create a stunning effect.

grad nails with Butterfly Rhinestones

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32. Hint of Purple

Noticed that purple has a way of blending with almost any color or outfit? That's why a touch of purple is always nice on nails for graduation.

Grad nails with a hint of Purple

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33. Black Acrylic Nails

I'm obsessed with black, and it's no news that black is a classic. This makes it the most classy graduation nails you could go for. The shimmer going on here is just magical.

Black Acrylic Nails

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34. Lavender Manicure

Lavender is a nice idea for nails, and this will also look nice in soft pink. Show that you're a queen among your friends by adding a silver adornment to match your grad gown.

Lavender Manicure

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35. Blue and Silver Nails Idea

Keep things simple and celebrate with these minimalist nails of bold blue nail polish and silver glitter.

Blue and Silver Nails Idea

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36. Fiery Red Nails with Glitter

Let out your daring side a tad bit with these red glitter-filled classy graduation nails, with 3D flowers and little red rhinestones.

Fiery Red Nails with Glitter

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37. Blue Boss Babe Nails

Recreate this to take a stroll on the wild side with these short elegant navy blue nails filled with gold foil to dazzle the audience on your graduation occasion.

Blue Boss Babe Nails

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38. Nude, Black, Silver, Glitter

Stop your search for elegant ideas for classy graduation nails by getting these nude and black nails with a white line of silver glitter.

Nude, Black, Silver, Glitter nails

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39. Gothic Graduation Nails

This one is for the gothic girls. The monochrome and red nail art is dark as the gothic girls like it with a touch of gold decals and white to make the nail suitable for graduation.

Gothic Graduation Nails

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40. Yellow and White Mani

Shine bright with this design of yellow and white waves that only a professional can achieve.

Yellow and White Mani

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41. Beige Mani with Black Swirls

These swirl abstract nails are very trendy right now. The sparkle of this mani is festive, making it great for graduating.

Beige Mani With Black Swirls

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42. Gold Stiletto Mani

Glow like the queen you are as you rock this amazing nail design for graduation. The vibrant gold foil is trendy and adds glamour.

Gold Stiletto Mani

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43. Brown Marbles

Marbles are so cute and the soft colors used to create the effect makes it suitable for matching it with several outfits. Can't wait to recreate this.

Brown Marbles Mani

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44. Neon Leopard Print

Only neon green lovers can pull off this interesting design. The leopard print transforms this into a cute graduation look.

Neon Leopard Print mani

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45. Multicolor Nails

Can't decide on a single nail color? Well, combine all of them to create an interesting look capable of generating envy.

Multicolor Nails

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Seen a nail design you want to recreate? I'm not surprised, with how amazing all these graduation nails look. Get one done and collect your diploma looking stylish and elegant.

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