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I am thirty-eight years old and will finally be graduating from college in May. This will be my first degree. My question is regarding graduation announcements. I will be inviting my immediate family (including my in-laws) to attend the ceremony, but I'm not sure if it's proper to send announcements to extended family. I don't want to appear silly, or as if I am fishing for gifts, but my wife in insistent upon telling the whole would of my accomplishment. Any advice/precedence you can offer would be greatly appreciated.

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Dear Ryan:

Many congratulations for finishing college with a degree!  That is quite an accomplishment at any age.  It is fine to mention it in a note to close family and friends but a formal announcement isn't sent by the graduate for education beyond High School.  It would be alright for your family to send an announcement however.  Your wife could have a card printed that says something like this to send to extended family and close friends.  

The Family of
Ryan Last Name
is proud to announce
his graduation from
School you graduated from
with a Bachelor of ? in field of study from
School you graduated from
Date of Graduation

If you are employed in your field you could add where you are employed at the bottom.  If you are NOT employed using your degree then skip the job information.

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Cynthia W. Lett

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Proper manners with friends,family,colleagues,neighbors and everyone else you know.

Experience

I have been an etiquette expert teaching and consulting on the subject worldwide since 1983. I started and serve as the Executive Director of the International Society of Protocol & Etiquette Professionals and am considered a leader in the field of etiquette and protocol training and execution. I edited "Etiquette for Dummies" and have recently written "Lett's Talk - Everyday Etiquette Dilemmas and What to Do about Them". My book, "That's So Annoying:An Etiquette Expert on the World's Most Irritating Habits And What To Do About Them" was published in 2009 and is available wherever books are sold. I taught the Business Protocol class to Master's level students at the George Washington University, Washington, DC for seven years I served as Chief of Protocol for MCI Telecommunications for three years.

Organizations
International Society of Protocol & Etiquette Professionals, ASTD, PCMA, National Speakers Association

Publications
I have been quoted over 700 times in the past 5 years worldwide. Publications include Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Washington Times, NY Times, Washington Business Journal, USA Today, Associated Press, London Times, Newsweek Japan edition, Newsweek US edition and many many more.

Education/Credentials
I am a Certified Etiquette Professional (CEP) and Certified Protocol Professional (CPP) earned by examination through ISPEP. I have a Master's degree in hospitality law and undergrad degrees in Restaurant & Hotel Management and Public Relations/Interpersonal Communications from Purdue University.

Awards and Honors
Who's Who Worldwide,Who's Who of American Women, Distinguished Darden Professor (Purdue University).

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World Bank, United Nations,US Dept. of State, US. Dept. of the Army, Pentagon, Barclays Global Investors,Accenture,Fox News, MSNBC, CNN, The White House, Dept. of State, AT&T,Bank of America,American Association of Clinical Pharmacies,Ritz Carlton Hotels, Hilton Hotels, Marriott Hotels,Starwood Hotels,and many more.

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