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|Thu, 01-17-2013 - 10:04am|
For those of you who have older kids, I'm curious how you handled long-distance graduations. Dd20 is graduating in May and most of our close family (grandparents, siblings, etc) are coming to the graduation itself. We have never done big parties, but for the HS graduations and older dd's graduation, we had a small get-together the day of the graduation at our house. For dd20, we're not planning on having anything at home because we'll be "celebrating" with her for two days at her school. She also won't have much time between graduation and the TFA training and institute, and our younger kids have a lot of events in May. I'm not really sure what to do, how much to "entertain." We are all staying about 20 minutes off campus in the same hotel and at the least, three sets of grandparents (including my ex-inlaws) will be staying Fri and Sat night. Graduation is at 3pm Saturday. Dd has her last final on Friday, but there will also be some departmental ceremonies and baccalaureate on Friday. I've already been warned that finding restaurant reservations is impossible (and dd's apt is tiny). Should I try to find places to eat for Friday and Saturday? Should we all stay together? Should I plan any activity? Are we responsible for paying for everyone the entire weekend? Once the holidays ended, I started thinking of graduation and now it's beginning to stress me out. Dd is already worried, and afraid that bringing in all the different grandparents (and a few aunts and uncles from various sides) may be awkward and that the out-of-state grandparents (only dh's mom sees the kids with any regularity, due to distance) may be hurt if she doesn't spend a lot of time with them. I am really excited and happy that dd is graduating and I know I shouldn't let everything else get to me, but of course, it's hard not to worry. I don't want family dynamics stressing dd on her big weekend.