To Whom Should I Send My Graduation Announcements?

From family to friends, find out who should make the list

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Different degrees take different amounts of time to complete, which means it can be hard for your friends and family to keep track of just when you'll be receiving your diploma. 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.

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 receive an official announcement, so that they have something to mark and commemorate the occasion.

Extended Family

Grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins whom 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. If your family even extends beyond blood relatives, you might check with your parents or other elders in the family to find out if there are any family friends or people of respect whom should receive notification of the graduation.


Clearly, you don't need to send announcements to your friends on campus, but any friends you have from your precollege days, or any friends you have who live far away, might want to see your announcement and send you a congratulatory text message.

Important Teachers, Religious Leaders, or Mentors

Did you have a high school teacher who really made a difference in your life? A pastor or spiritual leader who helped encourage you along the way? Or even just a family friend who mentored you and helped you along to where you are today? Sending an announcement to those types of people is a great way to acknowledge all that they did as well as show them how much their influence really made a difference in your life.

What Your Graduation Announcement Should Say

Most colleges limit the number of people students can bring to their graduation ceremony, which is why many families choose to have their own celebration afterward. If you're having a party, you'll want to make sure you include all the relevant details, such as location, time, and attire. Many people do receive gifts from friends and relatives after they graduate, but proper etiquette says you should include a line telling your guests they that presents are not required. Graduations are a major life achievement, but it's impolite to expect your guests to bring gifts. If you do receive gifts, make sure you send a written thank-you note.