Post # 1
Should I order graduation announcements for grad school? They’d only go to family and some close family friends; the number my mom gave me was 23 people/households. I had no problems with HS and college announcements, but this seems boastful and tacky to me… but I want people to know that now I’ll be a professional and know what my degree is (most family don’t know) and, I’ll be brutally honest with you all, I could use the money (though not expecting much) since I’ll be unemployed for 6 months until my license comes through.
I’m also worried about my grad school graduation overshadowing my cousin’s college graduation which is the day after mine. I think only half of my announcements would go to people who receive hers, but still. She’s basically my sister and I can’t go to her graduation because of mine and don’t want to steal her thunder at all. What should I do??
Post # 3
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
I’m not doing announcements or walking for my grad school graduation but that’s me.
Post # 5
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
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
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
i only sent them out for high school. for undergrad and grad, i agree with @Mrs.KMM:
Post # 9
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
I’d say go for it! its your Graduate degree! deserves even more attention then your HS or B.A. You deserve it!