Is it proper to bring new boyfriend to daughter's graduation?

I am a divorced father of 2. I have been divorced for 5 years now. My ex-wife has had her recent boyfriend for the past 2 years. I wanted to know if it is appropriate for him to attend my eldest child's (daughter) High School graduation ceremony?

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Graduation Attendance
by: Ms P Etiquette

Dear father of the grad~

This is an excellent question and one that I receive often. Here is one formula for blending many ingredients into the family mosaic.

Since your daughter is no longer a child, find out what her wishes are for her special day. Of course, your inquiry must be sincere in order for her to believe you will be agreeable to whatever she chooses.

What is not appropriate - icy stares between the ex spouses that make family members uncomfortable. If your daughter's mother does come with her significant other, control your responses so the day is a joyous occasion for your daughter and the rest of the family. It is never good manners to create a scene or make others uneasy.

Good luck and congratulations on this important passage in your and your daughter's life.

Ms Practical Etiquette

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