Sending Formal High School Graduation Announcements
Let family and friends know that your homeschooled teenager has graduated from high school by sending formal announcements. These cards don't have to be associated with an event such as a graduation ceremony or party.
What do you do if your teenager prefers an intimate family party for graduation and you don’t wish to send out a hundred invitations? After all, the last thing your graduate wants is for the intimate graduation to become the party of the century. The answer is simple; you mail a formal announcement instead of an invitation.
When to Send Announcements
Unlike sending invitations to a graduation ceremony or party, there is a bit of leeway in when you send a formal high school graduation announcement. You may send it shortly before the ceremony -- up to three weeks prior. However, many families find it easier to wait until after the high school graduation ceremony is over to send the announcements.
The weeks immediately before the homeschool graduation ceremony are busy with planning and last minute details. This busy time for parents and graduating seniors makes sending announcements just another task on a long to-do list. By sending the announcements after the actual graduation, you are not in the middle of all the last minute event details. Your high school senior no longer has school work to finish, and you both have time to sit down and address graduation announcements to family and friends.
Don’t wait too long, however. It’s considered poor form to wait until your child is already off to college to announce the high school graduation. Instead aim for sending the announcements within four weeks of the graduation ceremony.
Send homeschool graduation announcements two weeks prior to graduation or up to four weeks after the graduation ceremony.
Who Wants an Announcement?
Extended family enjoys receiving announcements, especially if they live in other parts of the country. After all it can be hard to keep in contact with the family spread out over several states. Sending graduation announcements, like sending Christmas cards, is a lovely way of staying in touch. Family friends who have moved away also enjoy receiving high school graduation announcements. While they may not have seen your child in many years, the affection still remains.
It’s a blessing to be included in the graduation announcements and find out what’s going on in the lives of old friends. Remember to send the announcements to anyone who has been involved in raising your child such as tutors, coaches, and mentors. Children aren’t raised by only their parents. There’s a whole community of adults who have played a part in guiding our homeschooled teenagers into becoming full adult members of society. Sending the announcement recognizes the importance these individuals have had in helping you raise your child.
What’s On the Graduation Announcement?
Typically a graduation announcement includes the full name of your child, the graduation year, and the name of your school. If you don’t have a name for your homeschool, you can always simply use "Homeschool" instead. Remember to include the date of graduation on your card. It’s a nice touch to include a separate handwritten note. The note can include a favorite quote, your teenager’s future plans, or simply a bit of correspondence to let family and friends know you’re thinking of them.
What Type of Card Should I Send?
There are many different options for your announcements. One lovely possibility is one with a picture of your graduating teenager on the front. Everyone gets a current photo of your child. Grandparents, aunts, and uncles will appreciate the photograph.
Another option would be to use a simple note card with your name, or a quote or verse on it. You can then write a simple statement saying that you are pleased to announce the graduation of your son or daughter. While you don’t need to include a picture with this type of announcement, most family members appreciate the thought. It may have been a while since they’ve seen your son or daughter.
The third choice is a traditionally styled announcement with foil or engraving. Though this may not appeal as much to some teens, remember that it is you, the parents, that are making the announcement. Many of those receiving a traditional announcement will appreciate a beautiful card, and the importance of the event is reflected in the more classic style. A photo can be inserted as well, and this style card usually has room for a favorite verse, motto, or a brief statement of the graduate's future plans. It's a keepsake whose value increases with time.
Sending high school graduation announcements can be a delightful experience for you and your teenager. Relax, take your time, and send out a meaningful announcement to your family and friends that your teenager has graduated from high school.