(Closed) Announcement Mistaken as Invitation

posted 4 years ago in The Lounge
Post # 16
591 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2017

Wouldn’t your friends and family already know you were graduating?

Post # 17
6238 posts
Bee Keeper

Never heard of this. 

Although ‘graduation’ used to mean honours degree. 

Then in more recent years here in the uk kids started graduating from 6th form. 

Now I see primary children having ‘graduations photos’

theres also been a trend to change to americanisms like ‘high school’.

i bloody love you American bees but I do wish the uk would stop getting all state-side with things. 

Post # 18
1244 posts
Bumble bee

They can be confusing. I got a couple from DH’s cousins that said the date, location, and time that commencement would take place, which made it seem an awful lot like an invitation. 

Post # 19
4498 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

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MsPeanutbutterPenguin :  Not going to disagree with you, (about the achievement aspect) but you wouldn’t send an engagement announcement to people you weren’t inviting to celebrate with you. I think this is the part I find so strange.


Post # 20
1584 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2017

Definitely a regional thing. It is NOT done where I live. 

OP, super awkward, just send a text explaining “so glad you received my graduation announcement. The ceremony was held on xx date”. 

Post # 21
570 posts
Busy bee

Did you send them yourself for your college graduation? Was it a photo of you holding a degree or something? I graduated a few years ago from college and will be done with my masters this year and never would have sent an announcement… I think it’s definitely a regional thing because it isn’t common where I’m from

Post # 22
3231 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2017

What was the wording on the announcement? Surely, it didn’t say “you’re invited” or “please join us”…

Post # 23
1154 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

Definitely regional. I have never received or sent one, but I’ve heard of them, and seen them on sites like Shutterfly etc. 

OP, to echo PP suggestions, a quick text or email / however you’d usually communicate with this person, just state how glad you are that they got your announcement, the actual ceremony was on X date. Hopefull you can catch up soon in person for a celebratory drink (or similar). 

Post # 24
132 posts
Blushing bee

My mom insisted we send them to family. Not everyone’s on Facebook, especially the older crowd that we only see 2-3x a year. I didn’t see the need, personally, but she said it was standard on our family. We get announcements for all 10 cousins HS and college graduations. I live on the east coast, so no idea if it’s regional. 

Post # 25
1359 posts
Bumble bee

I personally didn’t send announcements for either my BA or my MSW, but if Minted has 19 pages of graduation announcements (not invitations, which is a whole separate category), it must be a thing! 

Congratulations on your achievement! 

Post # 26
449 posts
Helper bee

Debating whether or not sending an announcement in the first place doesn’t really help OP… seems like a regional thing to me, anyway.

I’d just say “Sorry for the confusion, I graduated on X date and wanted to share the good news!” and leave it at that. Congratulations! 

Post # 27
3531 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2015

The last couple threads I have read have had such judgmental replies. What is up with the bee recently?

OP- just tell them that it was an announcement, not an invite and leave it at that. 

Post # 28
99 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2017

WOW I am disappointed with the comments on this thread. Weddingbee is better than this. Bee congratulations on your graduation!!!! 🙂 

Post # 29
2723 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

With email and social media I don’t see a reason for this at all… I think it seems gift grabby depending on who it’s sent to. Aunts/uncles/relatives…. wouldn’t they just know this by talking to your parents? Friends… they’ll see it online or also probably already know. 

But perhaps I’m being insensitive. In my social circle I cannot think of a single person who did not graduate college. Maybe this is a bigger deal to some. 

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