So much time, money, and energy went into pursuing your college degree. And now’s the time to protect and show off your hard-earned diploma by framing it. But how do you go about selecting the right diploma frame for your home or office? Church Hill Classics is the trusted leader in the diploma frame industry. So we know a thing or two about safeguarding and showcasing that priceless piece of paper to its best advantage.

Document Protection Is Key

You’ll want a graduation frame that protects your diploma and will prevent yellowing, brittleness, or cracking. Museum-quality document protection, a feature of our premium frames, offers conservation-quality matting, backing, and mounting materials. One of the most important factors in choosing the best diploma frame is UV light protection. We know how harmful UVA and UVB rays can be to documents. That’s why the right degree frames starts with glass that will protect your diploma from sun damage. We carry different glazing UV exposure options. Whether digital documents or expensive parchment paper, cheap hobby shop frame glass will not protect against time in the sun. This includes materials that are lignin-free. This term means the matting will not become acidic over time. This is the way to go. All of our graduation frames feature acid-free matting and backing materials. We’ve all seen how old newspapers can turn yellow, become brittle, and crack over time. Be sure your diploma is safely encased in acid-free and lignin-free materials. This will ensure you avoid the same fate for your valuable diploma. Each frame comes with standard glass, but there are glass upgrade options available for added document protection:
  • reflection control
  • conservation UV protection
  • conservation UV and reflection control
You choose the glass that meets your needs. For frames with documents larger than 12″x16″, we recommend Plexiglass. It’s more expensive than standard glass because it offers better damage-free protection when being shipped. Best of all, it offers high-end protection from harmful UV rays.

Choosing the Right Mat for Your Frame

Browse through your specific school’s frames on our website. You’ll find that we offer three different types of mats: standard, suede, or linen. All mats are archival-quality and will help safely protect your diploma from damage. We have many different mat colors available. Don’t see your favorite mat color on one of our featured frames? Check out our Create-A-Frame tools to design the diploma frame of your dreams from start to finish. You can try out different mat colors and textures, wood finishes, and medallion, engraved nameplate, and embossing styles. Best of all, you can visualize every possible design feature before you buy. Our online framing tools allow you to tailor the matting to suit your personal style or your home or office decor.

High-Quality Frame Mouldings

Do you prefer a traditional look or a more contemporary style? Do you like shine, or is non-glossy your preference? And what type of finish would you like, black, cherry, chestnut, espresso, mahogany, walnut, bronze, gold, or silver? We offer a wide array of solid hardwood frame mouldings. And we carry 100% recycled American wood frames, which have the look, feel, and presentation of our hardwood frame mouldings.
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Medallion vs. Embossed School Seals

When we get permission from a school to use its seal, we enhance the diploma frame in compliance with licensing rights. We create ornate medallions and elegant embossed versions of the school seal. Our frame styles with medallions include the Masterpiece (with enameling or without), Gold Engraved, Silver Engraved, or Spirit. Embossing choices include the traditional and popular gold or silver foil. For more colorful school seals, our line of Dimensions diploma frames feature a state-of-the-art printing process. This printing technology creates raised logos and wordmarks for vibrant pops of color. So, by framing your diploma with conservation-quality matting and backing materials, you will protect it. Plus, our custom medallions and precision embossing means you’ll have a standout frame to showcase your diploma in your style. Know that when choosing a frame moulding, we carry solid hardwood or 100% recycled wood options. Most importantly, we source our raw materials from vendors who practice reforestation efforts. Eco-friendly materials and processes are critical to our USA-made frames. Now, you just need to search for your college or university to view a variety of different styles. Need assistance from our Customer Service team? Talk to our operators live and feel free to ask questions about our products. They’ll help you select the right graduation frame for your home or office.
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Lucie Voves

Lucie Voves is the Founder and CEO of Church Hill Classics/, a certified woman-owned business and 12-time Inc. 5000 Award Honoree.