Sending graduation announcements can be a fun and exciting way to let everyone know you finally reached your goal and will soon be an official college graduate. But ... who exactly is everyone? After all, there are only so many announcements you can buy, address, and stamp.
While the following is a good place to start to figure out to whom to send your announcements, remember that there is no official right or wrong list: only the right or wrong list for your situation.
People Who Should Receive Your Graduation Announcement
- Your parents or other important family members. For some students, the main support network during their time in school (besides friends, of course) were their parents. And even though parents know the date and time of your graduation ceremony, make sure they get an official announcement so they have something to mark -- and commemorate -- the occasion.
- Extended family who know you are in college. Grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins who you may not see every day, but who are a part of your life, will be excited to receive your announcement. Even if they are too far away to actually attend the ceremony, they'll want to know the details and see the official announcement itself.
- Friends. Clearly, you don't need to send announcements to your friends on campus, but any friends you have from your pre-college days, or any friends you have that live far away, might want to see your announcement and send you a congratulatory card.
- Any important teachers, religious leaders, or mentors. Did you have a high school teacher who really made a difference in your life? A priest or rabbi who helped encourage you along the way? Or even just a family friend who mentored you and got you where you are today? Sending an announcement to them is a great way to acknowledge all that person did as well as show them how much their influence really made a difference in your life.
- Last but not least: yourself! Don't forget to keep at least one announcement for yourself. It can be a great memento of graduation day and a neat keepsake for the future.