If you receive an announcement as opposed to an actual invite, it is not required that you provide a gift. Announcements are meant to let the world know about your new accomplishment, but not to acquire any gifts.
On the other hand, an invitation to a ceremony or any celebration for the new grad requires an appropriate gift based on your relationship with the graduate and where the graduate is heading next.
Money is certainly the most common gift. It’s typically the most appreciated as well. It assists in that next step in their life. Often, it’s college or trade school. If the graduate is undecided, it can also be given and saved for big purchases later in life. The amount you spend depends on your relationship with the graduate. Close family and friends are typically given between $50-$100. Further acquaintances should receive between $20-$50.
Money is also a common gift for college graduates. Although it may not be celebrated quite as widely in terms of people, close family and friends will certainly want to give a gift. The amount typically increases as well. The average gift for college graduations is between $100-$500.
Why such a difference? Well that’s debatable but College is a personal, very expensive choice for most. It’s also a choice that requires a lot of self-discipline to accomplish. At a public university the average cost of tuition is $9,970 per year. This is a 213% increase from 30 years ago at $3,190. That’s nothing compared to private school averages which come in at a whopping average of $34,740 up 129% from 30 years ago.
It’s a great idea to send or give a card to a new graduate regardless of if you attend a ceremony or not. It acknowledges the accomplishment, gifts aside. Their hard work should be recognized through other’s word of pride and encouragement.
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