17 Food Freebies and Deals for Graduates (2022)

It’s time to celebrate all the grads in your life. Whether they’re finishing high school or completing a higher degree like their master’s, there’s a freebie or discount that will make graduation even better. 

Restaurants are offering everything from desserts to fully catered meal packages. Plus, this time of year, restaurants commonly offer free gift cards or bonus cards with purchase – so if you’re still struggling to find a useful gift for your grad, why not pick up a gift card so they can treat themselves to a meal?

Food Freebies and Deals for Graduates (2022)

Note that the deals below often require you to make a purchase to snag the freebie or bonus gift card. Plus, some may vary by franchise and are subject to change or sell out.


When you buy a $50 gift card, you’ll get an extra $10 bonus card with your purchase. You have until June 26 to cop this deal! And remember, you can always get half off their appetizers on weekdays at 9 p.m. and weekends at 10 p.m. 

Baked by Melissa

Celebrate your newest grad with a pack of mini cupcakes from Baked by Melissa. There are a variety of Congratulations Gift Boxes that range from 25 to 50 cupcakes. You can choose packs that have “Congrats” or “You’re Doing Great” messages written on them. They also offer gift cards as well. 

Plus, through June 30, you can snag 9% cash back when shopping Baked by Melissa via RetailMeNot.

Baskin Robbins

A classic treat, Baskin Robbins has graduation-themed ice cream cake. They offer a customizable School Spirit Photo Cake and a Diploma Roll Cake that’s topped off with a red ribbon. If you pre-order your cakes online or through the Baskin-Robbins app, you can use the code CELEBRATE to receive a free pre-packed quart of ice cream with your purchase of $30 or more. 

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Bertucci’s is offering a unique graduation party menu (available for pickup, curbside or delivery)  for friends and family. There are two different Graduation Packages that feature fresh-baked rolls, salad, an entree or pizza, dessert and an extra dessert just for the grad. 


Gift cards are always a safe and practical gift. Order a gift card at Chili’s online between through June 26 and receive a free bonus $10 card.

Edible Arrangements

If you’d rather show up with a bouquet of fruit than flowers, Edible Arrangements has an expansive list of graduation-themed gifts you can choose from. They even have gifts that aren’t solely fruits, like the Strawberry Cheesecake Indulgence Box or the Cupcake and Dipped Fruit Boxes. Of course, you can never go wrong with their vibrant fruit arrangements. Customize your gift by adding edible numbers to note the graduation year, too. 

And you know RetailMeNot has a cash back offer!

Insomnia Cookies

Insomnia Cookies has helped carry college students through thick and thin: especially through late nights. From now until June 29, high school, college and graduate school grads can get one free six-pack of Classic cookies with any $5 in-store purchase. All you have to do is show up to an Insomnia Cookie store in your cap and gown and mention the deal. If you don’t have the graduation attire, though, just show any proof of graduation!

Krispy Kreme Donuts

Last year, Krispy Kreme gave high school or senior graduates a free “Graduate Dozen” for students who visited a store dressed in their graduation cap and gown or a class year shirt. Let’s see if they offer the special deal again for the Class of 2022. Meanwhile, use the code BESWEET until May 22 to buy any dozen and get a $1 Original Glazed dozen to share!

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Long John Silver’s 

Who wants free cake? Head to Long John Silver’s. If you purchase a 10-piece family meal or larger, they’ll top it off with either their new lemon cake or their triple chocolate fudge cake. 

McAlister’s Deli

This graduation season, get a $5 eReward online or a physical reward voucher for every $25 worth of gift cards you purchase. You can get this deal until June 19 and the $5 eReward can be used from June 30 to August 31. 

Miller’s Ale House

Miller’s Ale House will be running a gift card promotion to treat grads until June 26. Purchase a $50 gift card and get a $10 bonus card, which is valid from July 1 to Aug. 31. If you’re heading to Miller’s for a sit-down meal (or delivery), they’re also offering three new chipotle BBQ pork specials for a limited time: Backyard BBQ Mountain Melt, BBQ Pulled Pork Tacos and BBQ Pork Nachos. 


Use the code 2022GRAD (expires May 16) for 15% off graduation announcements. They’ll come with free custom envelopes and recipient addressing too. 

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Moe’s Southwest Grill

Moe Reward members will receive $50 More Rewards for catering orders over $300 using the code GRAD22. The deal is available until June 30. There’s also a gift card deal where for every $25 in gift cards purchased, you’ll receive $5 Moe Rewards through June 19. So if you aren’t a reward member, sign up today!

Potbelly Sandwich Shop

Celebrate your grad with Potbelly Sandwiches. Order from the Grad Bundle for six or for 10. The bundles come with different types of sandwiches, soups and salads, an assortment of chips and fresh-baked cookies. You can also get 10% off catering with the code GRAD22

Red Lobster

From now until June 26, for every $50 spent on purchasing Red Lobster gift cards, you will get a bonus coupon of $10 off an order of $30. The coupons are redeemable from June 27 to August 31. 


At Schlotzsky’s, you can get $5 for every $25 from now until June 20. Use it to try their new calzones or go for their classic sourdough-bun sandwiches. 


Until June 19, buy $25 in gift cards to get $5 in Smash Cash in participating locations. Sign up for their rewards program online or through the app!

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