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20+ Best Free Diploma Certificate Templates in Word to Download 2022

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A diploma certificate marks the end of a program and gives a sense of accomplishment. A premium diploma template can help you create a unique certificate that people would love to receive.

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Diploma Certificate Kid, a premium diploma template Word on Envato Elements

You may think that creating a diploma is a very time and labor-consuming task. But actually, it doesn't have to be. A pre-built diploma template in Word can help you create a professional-looking diploma.

You don't have to do this in Adobe Photoshop or Illustrator. Even beginners can create a professional-looking certificate with a pre-built MS Word template. How fantastic is that!

In this article, we'll check out premium diploma templates in Microsoft Word that are part of Envato Elements' best MS Word templates. Finally, we'll also take a look at 20 free diploma templates found online.

Find the Premium Best Diploma Template Word on Envato Elements for  (Unlimited Use)

Suppose you want to create a modern and impressive graduation diploma. In that case, Envato Elements is the best place to start this search. An Envato Elements subscription lets you download as many creative digital files (including diploma templates Word and top MS Word templates) as you need. Work smart and effortlessly improving all your creative projects.

A subscription to Envato Elements gives you access to every single download in the digital library. You can get all of this for a low monthly fee. This gives you millions of options to pick from for every creative project.

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Envato Elements' selection of premium diploma and certificate templates for Word

You'll get access to premium creative files like:

  • print, web, graphic, and presentation templates,
  • royalty-free audio, music, photos, and video files,
  • 3D fonts, objects, and so much more. 

3 Best Premium Diploma Template Word for 2022 

Use any file from Envato's collection of diploma and certificate templates. The premium files will help you create the best possible diploma certificate for your graduating class. It'll be a certificate they'll feel proud to receive. Here are three sample templates to get you an idea of what premium files can offer: 

Classic - Graduation Diploma Template WordClassic - Graduation Diploma Template WordClassic - Graduation Diploma Template Word

This certificate template in word is perfect for any business, company, school, or other educational institution. Use this template and create a diploma certificate for your successful participants in your business or class. This classic template comes in Photoshop, Illustrator, and Microsoft Word files.

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Modern Certificate Template is a stunning-looking certificate of graduation template for Word. This multipurpose diploma template can also be used as:
 
  • a certificate of award
  • excellence
  • appreciation
  • achievement
  • recognition
  • and so on
 
This modern and clean design looks great as a landscape or even portrait document. This template comes in Ai, EPS, PSD, and Microsoft Word files.

3. Portrait - Diploma and Certificate Template

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This professional and clean certificate template in Word is a portrait design certificate. It comes in A4 paper size with 3mm bleeds. This template is well organized with layers and layer groups. This will be handy if you need to edit it in Photoshop or Adobe Illustrator. If you like it the way it is, edit basic details on the MS Word document, and you're ready to print.

20 Top Free MS Word Diploma Certificate Template Examples to Download (2022)

Are you still unsure if you should go premium? There are loads of reasons to use premium creative files. Try it out yourself at no cost.  

Envato Elements offers different free files for you to try every month.Envato Elements offers different free files for you to try every month.Envato Elements offers different free files for you to try every month.

Envato Elements offers different free files for you to try every month. .

You'll get different files every month as these free times get refreshed monthly. So, if what you're looking for isn't among this month's collection, try again next month. You may be in luck!

What's this premium freebie offer all about? Here's the offer:

  • Envato Elements offers 12 free monthly premium files (including templates, photos, videos, graphics, 3D objects, and more). Create a free Envato Elements account to download our monthly freebies. 

This free diploma template download comes with a black border and seal. It's professional-looking but quite basic. 

You can change up a certificate of recognition to become a diploma certificate too. This is great if you're looking to create a non-serious-looking diploma document.

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This free diploma template download comes with a black background, gold graphics, and white fonts. Black backgrounds for diplomas aren't always used as they're not easy to print. Keep that in mind if you plan to use this template.

This diploma template free uses green on the background. The fonts are in white, and there are fun school images on them. It's suitable for a younger group of graduates.

Antique - Free Sample Diploma Template uses Old English Text as fonts. This creates a very nostalgic-looking document. Besides the fonts, there are no other design elements.

#08 uses Brush Script MT as fonts. This is another classic old-school font that gives a very retro look to your diploma.

This diploma template free has an elegant thick border. The entire background has fine details too. It's not a modern design and works well if you're looking for something a bit old school. 

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This sample diploma comes with a solid black border, and gold works inside the frame. The fonts are in black, gray, and gold.

This template grabs attention! It's got three shades of green as the border of the document and uses Old English Text as the font.

This template has a thick blue border that looks like lace. Old English Text is used as the font. And there's a seal on the right bottom corner.

This template comes with a minimalistic line border in green. The body text is black, and the titles are green (the same green as the border).

This document uses a lace-like design and some lines in red as the borders. There's also a seal in gold.

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This graduate certificate comes with gold fonts and a seal. There's a border and also a watermark design in the middle of the document. The background is white. 

This is a fun replacement degree certificate and not an official one. It could work for preschool graduations. 

This free diploma templates download features a formal layout design with a light gray border and fonts. The seal is dark red and stands out against the white background.

A graduation certificate features a solid dark red border and text against a white background. Some text is in black too. 

This diploma templates free download features a blue lace-like design as the border. There's room for the institute's logo and seal. Overall, the document has a very retro feel. 

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The border to the template looks like a silver picture frame. There's a big gold blank seal on the top right corner, and the fonts are silver like the border.

This diploma template free comes with brown triangles on the top and bottom corners of the document. On the right is a red and gold seal. 

Red and gold elements are used on this template to make it stands out. Fonts are in Old English Text and black.

How to Make a Diploma Quickly

Now that you've got your certificate template in Word, it's time to customize it. We'll customize it so it fits our particular graduation. Just follow the tutorial below and you'll have a great-looking diploma ready. 

For this tutorial, I'll be using the premium template, Certificate Word Template.

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This premium template is easy to edit, uses free fonts, and comes with structured files. Let's get started on the customization:

1. Change the Colors 

Often, you'll pick a design that looks good but doesn't have the appropriate colors for your diploma. To change the colors of your elements, first double-click on the part you want to change. This opens the Shape Format Menu.

From there, choose the paint can icon on the right-hand menu. Make sure the Solid Fill bubble is filled in. Then click the other paint can icon with a color line underneath it. Choose your desired color and the part you clicked on changes to that color.  

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2. Add In Your Information

This is the easiest step. Simply double-click the text and select the text you want to change. Then paste in your text. Do this for all the text on the diploma that you want changed. 

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3. Adjust the Size of the Elements

The premium template you're editing may not have the proportions you want. The different elements may need to be resized. To do this, simply click on the element and drag and drop the corner dots that appear.

You can also move the element by clicking it and then dragging and dropping as well. 

4. Add Your Signature

You will want to add in your signature to the diploma. To do this, you'll need a scanner. Write your name on a piece of paper and then scan the page and save it on your computer.

Next, right-click the image, and then click Save as Picture to save the picture as a separate file. To add the signature to a document, click Insert > Pictures.

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Let's now look at some tips that can help you make great diplomas.

5 Quick Tips To Make Great Diplomas in Word for 2022

Here are five quick tips to help you create a professional degree or diploma certificate: 

1. Keep It Minimal

Minimalism is in trend. A modern document would naturally be creative yet minimalistic. Stay away from elaborate designs that'll make your document look  dated. 

Creative Vertical and Horizontal Certificate Template in Word, a modern minimalistic template from Envato ElementsCreative Vertical and Horizontal Certificate Template in Word, a modern minimalistic template from Envato ElementsCreative Vertical and Horizontal Certificate Template in Word, a modern minimalistic template from Envato Elements

Creative Vertical and Horizontal Certificate Template in Word, a premium modern minimalistic template from Envato Elements

A premium pre-built template takes care of text hierarchy. With this template, you only have to update the necessary details and change the text. Try not to add more design elements to a pre-built template, as it may become cluttered.

2. Use Old English Text or Similar Wisely

Premium Certificate Template from Envato Elements that uses Olde English font only in the titlePremium Certificate Template from Envato Elements that uses Olde English font only in the titlePremium Certificate Template from Envato Elements that uses Olde English font only in the title

Premium Certificate Template from Envato Elements that uses Olde English font only in the title

Have a look at the free template section, and you'll notice that Old English Text or similar is the go-to for many. It was the font to use back in the day and is still used to give that formal-antique look. You can still use this font, but maybe only use it for the main title. Using it for the entire document isn't necessary.

3. Add a Personal Touch

Many institutes add digital signatures and get printed with the document. If possible, get the diploma signed personally by the authorities. This adds a touch of authenticity. This will make your graduates feel that they are special.

4. Get It Printed Professionally

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Premium Certificate Template from Envato Elements with unique dark background

Printing is the most crucial step of this project. It can make or break the final document. If you don't own a good color printer or if your document has a dark background, it's best to get it printed professionally.

5. Make It Official 

Today, anyone can forge any document easily. It's good to create a diploma certificate that won't cause issues for your graduates in the future. Avoid printing an image of a seal. Use an embosser to create a raised seal design on your diploma certificates. Your graduates will genuinely appreciate it.  

Discover More Top Microsoft Word Template Designs

While you're here, check out other MS Word templates that could be useful for you. There are loads of premium and free options for you to select from. Here are three articles for your to explore: 

Common Diploma Certificate Questions Answered (FAQ)

Let's now go over some frequently asked diploma certificate questions and answers to them:

1. What Fonts Should I Use?

Use fonts that look elegant but are easy to read. Too often you see diplomas with very fancy fonts that are difficult to read. Check out the article below to see what fonts are popular now:

2. Do I Need to Add Graphics?

It would be best to add at least a seal graphic to your diploma. This will make the certificate look much more official. Here are some certificate template designs to get you started:

3. Should I Sign the Diploma?

If possible, you should personally sign the diploma. Depending on how large the graduating class is, this might not be possible. Having a hand-written signature will make the diploma look much more authentic. 

4. What Type of Paper Should I Use?

Be sure to use certificate paper. Any ordinary paper will look very cheap and should be avoided. Here are some printable templates to explore:

5. What Information Do I Need to Include on the Diploma?

You'll need to include:

  • the name of the special award
  • name of the awardee
  • the award-giving body
  • the date and place where it was given.

Other information is optional.

For more help creating a certificate, review the tutorial below:

Learn More About Making Great Word Documents in 2022

Do you feel your MS Word skills could use some improvement? Check out our Beginner's Tutorial Guide to Microsoft Word. Pin it to your browser and use it as a quick reference when you get stuck using MS Word. 

This guide is a growing compilation of bite-sized how-to tutorials. It saves you from distracting online web searches. Here are three sample tutorials from this guide:

Get a Premium Diploma Template Word Today!

Use a free graduation diploma template Word found online for your upcoming graduation. However, the free templates don't look as professional as the premium ones. This makes your institution look unprofessional.

Create a professional graduation diploma template Word that you'll be proud to hand over to your graduates. A modern and well-designed diploma is something they'll be proud to receive and display. Explore the selection of diploma and certificate templates from Envato Elements and download one today.

Get your premium Microsoft Word diploma certificate templates from Envato Elements today! Subscribe and download one now!

Editorial Note: This post has been updated with contributions from Daniel Strongin. Daniel is a freelance instructor for Envato Tuts+.

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