Family at your graduation??

  1. hey everyone, i just had a scenario that i wanted to get a poll on.

    for those of you that received your adn with intentions to pursue your bsn immediately after, did you have your family come to your adn graduation ceremony? i am asking because most of my family lives about 4-6 states away, and i feel like it would be somewhat selfish to ask them to come down twice within a year (or so's) time. i will be the first person in my family to graduate with a post-secondary, and my mother feels like any degree is a degree, and she says that i should invite people to both. i think that i would rather have people at my bsn graduation, but i know there is nothing like your first degree. it's a bit of a way off, but i just wanted to poll...how did you do it?
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  2. 11 Comments

  3. by   Rena RN 2003
    how about invite them and let them decide if it's worth it?

    i think you should invite those people that you truly wouldn't mind if they showed up. :chuckle this is a very proud moment for you and no other graduation will ever be like your first. you've worked very hard to obtain this goal. share that experience with those that mean something to you.

    congrats.
  4. by   nurse-in-boots
    my sister did the same thing (getting ADN first then BSN)
    anyway, she did send out grad announcements, but included a note that said that she would still be attending college afterward, to persure a 4 yr degree. She also said, that while attendence was not expected during this graduation ceremony, notes of encouragement would be nice, as she continues on to a higher college degree.
    (she ended up getting alot of money with the cards she got!)
    I thought that was a tackful approach, and when she graduated that next year, she sent out more graduation invites, we had a HUGE party for her, and TONS of out of state relatives showed up.
  5. by   1savvydiva
    Originally posted by nurse-in-boots
    my sister did the same thing (getting ADN first then BSN)
    anyway, she did send out grad announcements, but included a note that said that she would still be attending college afterward, to persure a 4 yr degree. She also said, that while attendence was not expected during this graduation ceremony, notes of encouragement would be nice, as she continues on to a higher college degree.
    (she ended up getting alot of money with the cards she got!)
    I thought that was a tackful approach, and when she graduated that next year, she sent out more graduation invites, we had a HUGE party for her, and TONS of out of state relatives showed up.
    Sounds like a good idea...thanks!!!
  6. by   NurseDixie
    We're only given 4 tickets, it's a chore trying to decide who to invite for our school.
  7. by   renerian
    I only asked my hubby, not my family.

    renerian
  8. by   Jennerizer
    I would invite them now......there is no telling what tomorrow brings, so enjoy the moment right now.
  9. by   Vsummer1
    This may sound wierd to you all... but since I won't be at my graduation, why would I invite family! Excuse me, but I have been in school for a long time now. The day after finals, me and a few of my other nursing school friends plan on being out of town for a well deserved get away.

    Frankly, after I finish my studies I am NOT waiting around to attend some ceremony. Mail that degree to me!
  10. by   nursebucky
    Because I am 'up in age' (33), they are coming whethere I invite them or not. They are so sick of me being aloof and not able to socialize, they will be happy to have the old NurseBucky back to normal.
  11. by   kimmicoobug
    I am blessed to have great friends who are like family to me. They will be the ones to come to my graduation. I have a SIL, here in town, but if she comes will be a surprise. She has never been very supportive, and I can only attribute it to me accomplishing my goals and hers at a standstill. I also have family on my side here, but we don't even acknowledge each other around town. My parents and my sister are on the east coast, so unfortunately, they can't come.
    I also plan to continue to go on for my BSN, so hopefully, I will be enough established moneywise, that I could afford to fly my mom and sister out when that happens.
  12. by   FutureNurse2005
    I am planning on having only my husband and kids at my graduation, but, we are going to plan a huge celebration (dinner and dancing) and invite all of our friends and family!

    Almost all of the Universities here only allow a certain number of guests, so to avoid hurt feelings, everyone can come to the party!

    For your situation, I would wait until you graduate from BSCN.

    hth!
  13. by   Nurse Izzy
    I hadn't thought it to be a big deal with my family, considering I already have a different degree, but my mom informed me the other day that there was no way in the world that she was missing it, regardless of the fact that I'm continuing on. In her eyes, she sees that this means more to me than my prior degree - that this is where my heart is and that this is what I WANT, not what a girl straight out of high school chose so many years ago (what I thought I should do, in other words). So, she informed me that she wouldn't miss it and that I could plan on my dad, brother and grandmother would be there as well. Don't really expect the in-laws, though, but who knows - they may surprise, too! (I have great in-laws)

    Congrats to you for your achievements and perserverence!

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