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Graduation Etiquette Blunders to Avoid at all Costs

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Graduation is a milestone in everybody’s lives, and it is also a momentous occasion for the people around us. However, graduation and graduation parties can be very demanding from a logistical standpoint. Many of us end up making etiquette mistakes that might end up alienating some of the people closest to us. In this article, we’re going to give you a few graduation blunders to avoid at all costs.

Graduation Etiquette Blunders to Avoid at all Costs

Deciding Who to Send Invitations to

In most cases, the number of invitations you’ll be able to give out for the graduation celebration will be limited. This can be an issue, especially when you have a large extended family.

The best way to go about it is to solve the problem together. Make the members of your extended family know about the situation, and they will usually be cooperative. For instance, if the person in question has two parents and stepparents, but only has six tickets to give out, you won’t be able to invite both sets of grandparents. The solution for this would be to invite just one grandparent from each set. You can leave the choice to the couple as to whom will be able to attend the celebration.

You could also look for volunteers who would be willing to skip on the celebration. Some people would prefer the party and wouldn’t mind missing the celebration per se.

Party Invitation Etiquette

Planning the party and sending out invitations is also a cause of concern for many would be graduates and their families.

First of all, you should give attendees the time to make space in their schedules for your party. Make sure you let them know at least one month in advance to allow them to prepare. You should make sure that the invitations are professionally made as well. If you’re on a budget, you can always make your own graduation announcements using a free tool like Adobe Spark.

And this time, don’t be stingy with the guest list. Invite as many people as you want, as long as the venue and budget allow it.

When it comes to choosing a time for the event, you have to take your guest into consideration as well. It has to be at a time when everybody will be able to attend. If it’s in the summer, for instance, you should avoid Memorial Day, for instance, as many may have other celebrations lined up.

However, if there’s one thing you should never do, it would be to imply that guests should bring gifts. Instead, you could write something like “your presence will be present enough” or something along these lines.


Graduation etiquette blunders can be easily avoided if you use a little common sense. If you can only invite a handful of your friends and relatives to the ceremony, try to consult them and inform them of the situation. When it comes to the party, make sure that everybody gets noticed early enough for them to make space in their schedules for the event. Also, make sure that you do not ruffle any feathers by asking for gifts.


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