(Closed) Grad School Graduation Announcements – Tacky??

posted 7 years ago in College
  • poll: Do people send out grad school graduation announcements?
    Yes, I've known people to do that : (10 votes)
    23 %
    Yes, I've done it or will do it : (5 votes)
    11 %
    Yes, for family only : (6 votes)
    14 %
    No, that's pretty tacky : (23 votes)
    52 %
    Obligatory other explained in a comment : (0 votes)
  • Post # 3
    853 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    The way I see it, as much as I paid, and as hard as I worked, I will definitely be sending announcements; I deserve to boast after all that!

    Post # 4
    18645 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2009

    I’m not doing announcements or walking for my grad school graduation but that’s me.

    Post # 5
    3788 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: July 2011

    @bunnyfoofoo: Same.

    and yet,

     @MrsSaltWaterTaffy: Same.

    I agree with you both! But let me clarify — I didn’t attend or announce my graduation for my Master’s because it wasn’t a big deal to me. I’d already done the big show for undergrad, and I knew I’d be going on for my PhD so it was not worth another ceremony in the middle. But when I eventually finish this blasted degree, I will be shouting it from the rooftops!

    I think you should send them. I don’t think it will be thunder stealing; I’m sure there is enough congratulatory good feelings to go around, and it’s not like you’re asking for a hand-out (even if you secretly hope for it — the trick is to keep that secret).

    Post # 6
    1570 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: March 1996

    I sent them out for high school and undergrad, but when it came to grad school I had the same reaction you did. I told my mom if it was important to her that her relatives get graduation announcements when I finished grad school, she could send them herself. I think I ended up sending a handful just to very close relatives, and my best friend – who I knew from experience would feel excited and honored to get it (and would not see it as a gift grab).

    Post # 7
    13099 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: July 2010

    I didn’t send them out for any graduation ceremony I ever had because the way I see it, the people who are important to me know that I am graduating.  It seems too boastful to send them a specific announcement about it.  But that’s just me.

    Post # 8
    4137 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    i only sent them out for high school. for undergrad and grad, i agree with @Mrs.KMM:

    Post # 9
    3526 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    I’ve actually never heard of nor ever received a graduation announcement of any sort. Doesn’t mean it doesn’t happen, I’ve just never seen it done. *shrug Unless someone was throwing a graduation party.

    Why would people send you money just because you sent an announcement?

    Post # 10
    115 posts
    Blushing bee

    I’m graduating with a PhD next summer but I won’t send announcements. That’s really tacky IMO. It’s just a way of saying “Hey, look at me! I’m a DR! My degree is probably higher than yours. Send me money.” Announcements are for HS and college only, the way I see it. My family and friends know what I study, even if they can’t explain it in 1000 words or the full name of my degree/specialty.

    Post # 11
    2214 posts
    Buzzing bee

    I have never sent announcements, but my family is super close, so everyone knows when I graduated and from what.  I plan to update my fb status on May 7th when I graduate law school to update everyone, but that’s it.  I find them pretty unnecessary.

    Post # 12
    2385 posts
    Buzzing bee

    I think that it’s pretty standard for high school, but after that i think that it’s appropriate if you want them, but the practice is less common (but still done!) after that. When I finished grad school I didn’t do them, but I know a lot of people in my program who did and as far as I know, no one thought it was strange. 

    Post # 13
    3220 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: February 2012

    I’ve never sent out graduation announcements, and am not even sure I’ll be walking for my graduate school (MA) graduation! I walked for my BA and will definitely do so for my PhD, but I have always thought of announcements as somewhat tacky.  If you don’t know me well enough to know my schooling, I don’t feel comfortable petitioning you for congratulations or money. (But that’s just my opinion, I never received any growing up and it’s just not really done in my circle of family/acquaintances.)

    Post # 14
    2398 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: April 2010

    I’ve never sent them, but that’s because I’m a misanthropic shut-in.

    I had friends who sent them out when they graduated professional school or received terminal degrees, and didn’t see it as greedy or snooty. 


    Post # 15
    2867 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2010

    I think for high school or even undergrad they’re fine but by the time you’ve finished grad school…eh, seems a little strange and more of a “send me money” than it does at the other times.

    Post # 16
    93 posts
    Worker bee

    I’d say go for it! its your Graduate degree! deserves even more attention then your HS or B.A. You deserve it!

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