(Closed) Announcement Mistaken as Invitation

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Post # 46
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2018

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Innerdonught :  LOLOL how Bill Murrayish of you!!!

Post # 47
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

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DancinDarlin :  lord this thread -.- people are rude but congrats to you!

they are normal here in SoCal or I should say they use to be haven’t got one since I graduated a decade ago although I haven’t really known anyone to graduate since. But I’ve learned old people love things like this, pretty sure my grandma still has all of my wedding/graduation stuff and so on.

Post # 49
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Never heard of a graduation announcement, so I can understand why it might be mistaken for an invitation. Although I would much rather receive that over a wedding announcement: at least what you did required skill and intelligence. 

Since it already happened, I would echo pp and just say “so glad you got the announcement! The ceremony was really lovely, etc”

And congrats!!

Post # 50
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Newbee

It’s a gift solicitation.  Perhaps the “confused” recipient was being passive agressive. I would just toss it bc I already know of the graduations of people I plan to gift. There is no other filing category for this odd information. 

Post # 51
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Newbee

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Anon721 :  We have graduation parties too. That involves an invitation and I would bring a gift. 

Post # 52
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Buzzing bee

I’m 35 and back when I was graduating high school everyone sent announcements with a wallet size senior picture.  This was pre Facebook where pictures and announcements weren’t seen any other way and it was more the parents sending the announcement and picture with pride in their kids growing up.  

Post # 53
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 1997

I wouldn’t understand if I received something like this in the mail, either. When I graduated University, we sent out invitations to the luncheon we hosted, but that was it. We did not “announce” to the world that I had graduated. It seems gift-grabby to me to announce a graduation but have no invitation to a celebration of any sort.

Then again, likewise with an engagement. We told our parents and friends (on the phone or in person), but there was no “announcement” about it because who would care aside from the people we had already told?

Post # 54
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Bumble bee

There’s nothing wrong with graduation announcements. If you can announce a wedding or baby why can’t you announce a major academic accomplishment? 

I didn’t “announce” my BA or master’s but I had graduation celebrations. 

I think it is a regional/ cultural thing. In my culture (Caribbean), a degree is as significant as a marriage. Especially if it is a graduate degree. 

Post # 55
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Worker bee

Yeah i must be getting old bc this what everyone did after graduating. A few months before graduation, a company came in for sale presentaion. They sold announcements, tassles, class ring, mugs with everyone’s name on it, etc. For sure, it’s gift grabby now that i think the purpose of it.  But at the time i was just excited graduating and having my name printed on pretty cardstock.  

Post # 56
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Buzzing Beekeeper

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gracenote33 :  So in your life, there is no middle ground between “care enough to buy a gift” and “care so little that I refuse to smile when hearing good news from”? That’s sad.

I’m in the midwest US and graduation announcements are common. They usually come with the package when you order your cap & gown. When one of my kids graduated, the announcements that came with their stuff looked like invitations. I didn’t send them because I didn’t want to confuse anyone and we have a small circle of friends & family anyway. But they are definitely a thing and are not a gift grab. They’re a way to share exciting, sometimes once-in-a-lifetime news.

Post # 57
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Newbee

 

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Daisy_Mae :  You are assuming one requires an announcement to feel happy for someone’s accomplishments.  I can feel happy without the announcement.

Post # 59
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

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gracenote33 :  Hard to be happy if you don’t know.

Grad announcements are common in my circle. Lots of my older family members don’t have FaceBook and still communicate with handwritten cards and letters- surprising, I know.

Announcements are also momentos for some people.

Deal with it.

 

OP, just tell this person that you were sorry, and that you were excited to share your accomplishment, but there’s no party or anything.

Post # 60
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Newbee

Congratulations, Dr. Bee! I too just graduated, earning my PhD. Scream it from the muthaf’n rooftop!!! This is definitely an accomplishment that you and your family should be proud of.

I don’t understand the need for others to be rude. *rolls eyes* 

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