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Most high schools and colleges limit the number of visitors a student may invite to commencement because of space. It is important to send announcements to close family and friends who would otherwise be invited to the ceremony. Include these individuals at other festivities that take place such as parties, luncheons, etc. It is also important to send to friends and family who are too far away to join in the fun, to share the good news of your accomplishment.
How to Address the Envelopes
The outer envelope, with the gummed flap, is the mailing envelope. It should be hand-addressed using black or blue ink. It should be formal. Do not use abbreviations, except in the title. Example:
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Jones
1554 South Wallace Street
Deer Park, Pennsylvania 12345
The inner envelope, without the gummed flap, holds the announcement, graduation picture, etc. It should be addressed informally. Examples:
- Rob and Gail
- Uncle John
When to Send Announcements
If the announcement is being sent as an invitation to the ceremony or a graduation party, they should be sent out 10-14 days before the event. If it is just being used to announce the accomplishment of graduation, it is still proper to send it up to 14 days after the ceremony.
Note About Gifts
Gifts shouldn't be expected from all who receive announcements. But please be sure to send thank you notes to those who do send gifts.