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20+ Best Free Diploma Certificate Templates in Word to Download 2021

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A diploma certificate marks the end of a program and gives a sense of accomplishment. A premium diploma template in MS Word helps you create a unique certificate that anyone would be pleased 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 or degree template in Word can help you work smart regardless of your design skills.

You don't have to do this in Adobe Photoshop or Illustrator. Even beginners can create a professional-looking certificate, all thanks to a professional 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. We'll also explore top professional diploma certificate templates, and premium Microsoft Word templates from GraphicRiver. Finally, we'll also take a look at 20 free diploma templates found online.

Find the Best Diploma Template Word on Envato Elements for 2021 (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 helps you unlock an all-you-can-download digital library, all for a low monthly free. 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 template Word

You'll get access to premium creative files like:

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Are you new to premium and feel like you need to test it out? Check out GraphicRiver's selection of premium blank diploma templates and top MS Word templates. Download any of them one by one with GraphicRiver's pay-per-download model. 

5 Best Premium Diploma Template Word for 2021 (Envato Elements & GraphicRiver)

Explore, select, download, and 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 five 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 template is perfect for any business, company, school, or other educational institution. As a course, training, degree, or job comes to an end, use this template and create a diploma certificate for your successful participants. This classic template comes in Photoshop, Illustrator, and Microsoft Word files.

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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 template is a portrait design certificate. It comes in A4 paper size with 3mm bleeds. This template is well organized with layers and layer groups should 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.

Diploma Education Certificate TemplateDiploma Education Certificate TemplateDiploma Education Certificate Template

This education certificate works well if you need to give a certificate to kids. Its design isn't serious. The colors are cheerful. Plus, it comes with an MS Word download so you can edit and send it to print within minutes. If you want more customization, there are Photoshop and Illustrator files you can edit.

Graduation Diploma Template WordGraduation Diploma Template WordGraduation Diploma Template Word

This professional diploma certificate template comes in Photoshop, Illustrator, ESP, and MS Word. Change image, text, and color in a few simple clicks. It's so easy to use that even a beginner can edit and create a final certificate that looks like it was created by a professional.

20 Top Free MS Word Diploma Certificate Template Examples to Download (2021)

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. You can also test out GraphicRiver's premium freebies.Envato Elements offers different free files for you to try every month. You can also test out GraphicRiver's premium freebies.Envato Elements offers different free files for you to try every month. You can also test out GraphicRiver's premium freebies.

Envato Elements offers different free files for you to try every month. You can also test out GraphicRiver's premium freebies.

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!

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This template 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. It's a sample of a template if you're looking to create a non-serious-looking diploma document.

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This template comes with a black background, dark gold design elements, 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 template 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 template 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. 

Black & Gold 12 - Free Blank Diploma TemplateBlack & Gold 12 - Free Blank Diploma TemplateBlack & Gold 12 - Free Blank Diploma Template

This template 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.

Free Certificate of GraduationFree Certificate of GraduationFree Certificate of Graduation

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 document works as a fun replacement degree certificate and not for any official certification. It could work for preschool graduations. 

This template 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 template 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. 

Frame Free High School Diploma and Certificate TemplateFrame Free High School Diploma and Certificate TemplateFrame Free High School Diploma and Certificate Template

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 template comes with brown triangles on the top left and bottom left corners of the documents. 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.

5 Quick Tips To Make Great Diplomas in Word for 2021

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 modern minimalistic template from Envato Elements

A premium pre-built template takes care of text hierarchy. By leaving this major design work to experts, you only have to update the necessary details and change sentences accordingly. 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. It adds a touch of authenticity and makes your graduates feel that they mattered enough to get a personally signed document.

4. Get It Printed Professionally

Premium Certificate Template from Envato Elements with unique dark blue background Premium Certificate Template from Envato Elements with unique dark blue background Premium Certificate Template from Envato Elements with unique dark blue background

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 and use an embosser to create a raised seal design on these 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: 

Learn More About Making Great Word Documents in 2021

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!

You may hope to use a free graduation diploma template Word found online for your upcoming graduation. But sooner or later, your graduates may notice that it's a free template. This makes your institution look unprofessional, and the diploma comes off looking worthless.

Get 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 to download one today.

Envato Market is an excellent option for those looking to download digital assets one-by-one. Check out GraphicRiver's selection of premium diploma certificate templates to download the template of your choice. Thanks to Envato Market's pay-per-download model, everyone can test premium templates before subscribing to Envato Elements.

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

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