Would you attend a GED graduation party?

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Posted: 4/26/2011 11:06:31 AM
DH is 32 and will be taking his GED exam this summer. Hopefully he will pass and if so, I would love to have a little party for him. I am reading mixed reviews online on the idea of a GED graduation party.

His parents sent him to a very small (5-7 in each graduating class) Christian school, that from my understanding was very unorganized. He hated school and then his mom tried homeschooling him beginning 11th grade, but she's not very structured either...and no I am not putting the blame on everyone but DH, I swear! I really think that if he had gone to a school with a Vo-tech program he would have done terrific. He is much more hands on and trade oriented. Anyway! This would be a huge accomplishment for him and I am just curious if anyone thinks a GED party sounds "tacky"?


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Posted: 4/26/2011 11:09:15 AM
I would go to a family members party. It is just as hard to get a GED after being out of school for so long. Congrats to him!

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Posted: 4/26/2011 11:11:48 AM
go ahead and celebrate!

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Posted: 4/26/2011 11:13:57 AM

Absolutely I would. Congrat's to your DH.


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Posted: 4/26/2011 11:14:35 AM
I absolutely would attend and I think it is very sweet of you to plan a party for your husband.


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Posted: 4/26/2011 11:15:30 AM
I'd go and support him!!!!


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Posted: 4/26/2011 11:15:59 AM
I sure would!! Ask some close friends and family over to celebrate!

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Posted: 4/26/2011 11:17:02 AM
Yes, I would attend a party to celebrate his achievement.
I think it is admirable your husband is getting his GED and think he is a great example to others that it is never too late to go back and complete your education.

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Posted: 4/26/2011 11:17:31 AM
How does your DH feel about having a celebration party?

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Posted: 4/26/2011 11:17:45 AM
Yes-it's an accomplishment that should be celebrated. Congrats to your DH!



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Posted: 4/26/2011 11:19:45 AM
congrats to your DH


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Posted: 4/26/2011 11:20:42 AM
I think it's an accomplishment and should be celebrated as such. No need to focus on how it "should" have been done, that's over and done with. I'm sure it was difficult for your DH to go back like that and I think it's great that he decided it was important and went for it.

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Posted: 4/26/2011 11:21:43 AM
I think its a great idea! Celebrate away!

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Posted: 4/26/2011 11:22:17 AM
If your DH wants to have a party, then by all means...celebrate his accomplishment.

However, if he looks at it like it's no big deal and doesn't want to make a fuss, then respect his wishes. Even then a nice dinner with family wouldn't be making a big fuss.

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Posted: 4/26/2011 11:23:22 AM
I've been to a few... If you want to celebrate, then go for it! It may not seem like a big deal to some people, but to him it is!

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Posted: 4/26/2011 11:25:30 AM
Sure! My sister would be willing to have a grand party if her son would have gotten his GED. Her daughter has a master's in business.

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Posted: 4/26/2011 11:25:58 AM
What everyone else said.

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Posted: 4/26/2011 11:34:37 AM
Absolutely. And even more in the case of an adult who has gone back for their GED.


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Posted: 4/26/2011 11:35:26 AM
absolutely! yay for your DH and he certainly deserves to celebrate his accomplishment.

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Posted: 4/26/2011 11:44:15 AM
I would absolutely celebrate with your DH! I LOVE it when I hear about an adult who goes back for their GED after dropping out for whatever reason when they were younger. Good for your DH!!! Will be sending good thoughts that he passes the GED test the first time he takes it. If not, I hope he doesn't give up.

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Posted: 4/26/2011 11:44:56 AM
Of course! Why wouldn't I? Celebrate and have fun!

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Posted: 4/26/2011 11:46:47 AM
Of course I would go.


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Posted: 4/26/2011 11:47:12 AM
I'd definitely go.

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Posted: 4/26/2011 11:47:13 AM
congratulations to your dh on his accomplishment!



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Posted: 4/26/2011 11:47:28 AM
I would absolutely attend. However, if it was my DH I would make certain that he was okay with having a party.


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Posted: 4/26/2011 12:00:44 PM
Ditto to what everyone else said!


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Posted: 4/26/2011 12:05:24 PM
Yes!! Congrats to your DH!!!

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Posted: 4/26/2011 12:05:48 PM
Are you planning on making this a surprise or will you be making sure he's okay with this party? I'd make damn sure he was willing to celebrate this publicly before I stuck my foot in it.

If it were a family member or close friend, I'd be there to celebrate.

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Posted: 4/26/2011 12:12:26 PM
Because of your DH's age I would absolutely make sure he was on board with a public celebration. If he is then go for it. If he is not keen on a public celebration then go for a smaller, close family only one.

In general, if a young person were to get a GED I'd feel no less like celebrating than if it was a diploma. In fact my oldest is certificate not diploma bound due to his neuro impairment. We have planned a party for him in June.


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Posted: 4/26/2011 12:22:48 PM
i'd attend anything that celebrates an accomplishment!


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Posted: 4/26/2011 12:51:25 PM
Great! Thanks for all the responses. DH is ok with a small celebration...he just doesn't want me shouting it from the rooftop. lol.

Will be sending good thoughts that he passes the GED test the first time he takes it. If not, I hope he doesn't give up.
Thank you! This really is a huge step for him.

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Posted: 4/26/2011 12:57:42 PM
First of all, congratulations to your dh!! For 2 years, I taught adult basic ed courses for students studying for the GED, and I know how tough that road can be and how easy it would be to just quit.

As for your question-- absolutely!! And I'd buy him a great gift and be extremely honored to be able to be part of the celebration of his accomplishment.

Can you tell that I am very impressed by people who go back as adults and get their GED?!

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Posted: 4/26/2011 1:01:27 PM
absolutely, of course I would attend a GED party if invited. Congrats to your husband!


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Posted: 4/26/2011 1:05:13 PM
I would, and I have. My son's best friend didn't graduate with his class (got expelled - long story). I was probably more proud of him because it was a lot harder holding down a full time job AND studying to go to school.

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Posted: 4/26/2011 1:20:56 PM
Of course! It's a huge accomplishment.


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Posted: 4/26/2011 1:32:20 PM
I would throw him the biggest party in the world!!
My late dh was 60! yes 60 when he got his life long dream and passsed.!!
We combined it with his 60th birthday and threw him a grad/birthday party with 70 people!!
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Posted: 4/26/2011 2:00:17 PM
Yes I would go if it was a close friend. I see it no different than a HS grad party.

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Posted: 4/26/2011 2:01:56 PM
Absolutely! He should be very proud of himself, and I'm sure those who love him are proud of him too.


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Posted: 4/26/2011 2:07:50 PM
Certainly, any reason for a party. Just as long as he is onboard with the idea.

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Posted: 4/26/2011 2:12:28 PM
I think it's totally worth a celebration. Congrats to your dh!



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Posted: 4/26/2011 2:29:11 PM
Yes, I would.


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Posted: 4/26/2011 2:46:51 PM
I would go because I think education is very important and I would want to support him and his hard work.

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Posted: 4/26/2011 3:02:45 PM
Congratulations to your DH! That must have been tough to finish school while working with a family. Good for him.

I'd absolutely go to a party to celebrate that.

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Posted: 4/26/2011 3:51:04 PM
I would! It seems like the GED program is actually harder than just going to regular school.

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Posted: 4/27/2011 10:24:28 AM
Yes I certainly would.

If someone was close to me and I knew his struggles and wanted to be with him to say "great job!" on his success, why wouldn't I?

I think it's a lovely idea.

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