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You've written a book, dissertation, or thesis; you've passed out from joy and woken up! Now, you need to write a dedication to that person (or those people) who made it all possible.
You want the thesis or book dedication to be meaningful, but how can you make it work? You have lots of options, from simple to complex and from informal to formal.
Read on to discover how you can write the perfect dedication, whether it is a dedication to a friend, parent, child, or someone else.
Tips for Writing a Dedication Page
A dedication is usually a single sentence at the beginning of a book, thesis, or dissertation that offers the work to someone who inspired you or helped you with it. It's a short statement but one that can be very personal.
Here’s an example of a dedication for a thesis:
Before diving into the dedication examples below, you should keep a few things in mind:
There's no right or wrong way to write a dedication sentence. Who you thank and how you thank them can and should be personal.
If the list of people you need to thank is long, you can use your Acknowledgments section to pay tribute to as many people as you'd like.
Everyone who reads your book, thesis, or dissertation will see your dedication page. Be aware of the impact that your dedication will have.
Be brief. Dedication sentences should be short and to the point.
Check out How to Write a Dedication for more writing help.
Formal and Informal Dedication Examples
Informal and simple dedication
This one goes to you, Mom.
Formal and simple dedication
This is for my mother.
Informal and complex dedication
This is for my dad. Thanks for teaching me how to make casserole and for all those laughs.
Formal and complex dedication
I dedicate this to my sister, who was always there for me, even on the tough days.
Informal dedication with an anecdote
To Rebecca. Thank you for getting us lost in Mexico and eventually getting us found. Keep leading the way.
Formal dedication with an anecdote
I dedicate this to Kimberly Marsh, for her outpouring of support when Charlie was hospitalized. Her steadfast commitment, love, and dedication will not be forgotten.
Informal dedication in memoriam
In memory of Chuck Thomas. It was a joy to serve you coffee every Thursday. I'll never forget you.
Formal dedication in memoriam
I dedicate this book to Don Reynolds, who influenced countless people in his too-short time here on earth. I miss you more than words can say. Thank you for believing in my dream. I look forward to the day we meet again.
Dedication Examples to Different Parties
Book dedication to a child examples
I dedicate this little book to my children. This one is for you, from me, your loving mother.
To all my children. I almost named you after the characters in this book. If you can guess which name was almost yours, no complaining.
To Nate and Jenny. I have nothing but gratitude to you, my children, for reminding me that walking to the beach is just as fun as being there.
Book dedication examples to a friend
This book is dedicated to Tim. Thanks for encouraging me to write it.
I dedicate this book to my friend and confidante, Jack Millhouse. He was the first person to encourage me to try.
To Melissa R., for being a dedicated reader through all those rounds of revision. This one is for you.
Book dedication to parents examples
To my parents. Thanks for keeping the interest rates low on everything I owe you.
I dedicate this to my parents, for your constant love and support.
This one is for my parents. Thanks for trying.
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