Graduation announcements

by Katy
(Colorado)

How should graduation announcements be worded (or wedding invitations, for that matter) when one of the parents has died?

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Announcement Wording
by: Ms P Etiquette

Hello Katy,

If one wishes to acknowledge both parents even when one is deceased you may use the term "late" preceding the name. However, you cannot say that a deceased parent is making the announcement which comes from the living parent or other family members. However, in the public notices the parents are described, for example, as "The last John Smith and Mrs. Mary Smith are the parents of the bride". Or Sue Smith, daughter of the late John Smith and Mrs Mary Smith.

I hope this answers your interesting question.

Ms Practical Etiquette

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