When Should I Send my Graduation Announcements?
The proper etiquette for sending graduation announcements depends on whether you are sending them as invites to the graduation ceremony or simply just announcements of your education milestone. If you are sending your graduation announcements as a form of invitation to the ceremony or celebration then you should send the graduation invitations four weeks before the event, however 14 days is acceptable.
When sending graduation announcements as a form of celebration of accomplishment you can send the announcement cards before or after the actual ceremony. Sending the announcements up to 14 days after the actual graduation ceremony takes place is still considered proper etiquette.
When mailing your graduation announcements keep in mind the distance factor. If you are mailing your announcements to out of state family and friends then you may need to adjust your time frame. Announcements will not take near as long to reach local recipients.
One easy rule of thumb to remember: view time as respect. If you send an invite seven days before an event that you expect someone to attend, it's considered disrespectful. The more notice you give someone to plan to attend an event, the more respect you provide.