How to invite guests to a distant ceremony but give them an out?

by Maggie Crisalli
(Bluffton, SC)

Our daughter is graduating Medical School in May, out of state for all of us. While we want family to feel they are welcome to witness this wonderful and "first in the family" accomplishment in person, we understand it requires travel & expenses for accommodations, etc. How can we say "don't feel obligated to come" without sounding like we don't want them there?

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by: Ms P Etiquette

Hi Maggie,

Congratulation on your daughter's big achievement! I am sure you are very proud.

Regarding the actual event, often times the number of people a person is allowed to invite to the graduation is limited by the school. The tickets to the commencement should be reserved for the immediate family. If the number is not capped, I am sure you are speaking to these close relatives that you plan to invite and let them know that you plan to invite them to the commencement but recognize that this is an expense burden and give them the out.

Usually, the entire family would be invited to a graduation party which would be at your home location, eliminating the travel burden consideration altogether.

Congratulations and enjoy your daughter's special day!

Ms. Practical Etiquette

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