Congratulations to your daughter (and to you too!).
I checked out a number of etiquette sites and find that none of them
say you must send out announcements, but all implied that it is a nice
They are mostly addressed to the graduate, and here is what they say:
"Often times, graduates have precious few invitations to the actual
graduation ceremony and use announcements to spread the news to
friends and family. Announcements carry no obligation to send a gift,
Emily Post Institute
"It is also important to send [an announcement] to friends and family
who are too far away to join in the fun, to share the good news of
Parenting of Adolescents
"Graduation Announcements are sent to friends and family to share the
good news of your accomplishment. ...
"Remember, an announcement is not necessarily an invitation to the
ceremony. ... Even family and friends who will not be able to attend
will appreciate a memento of this important milestone in your life, so
be sure to include them on your list. "
University of Southern Indiana
"Graduation announcements, while not originally viewed as a request
for gifts, unfortunately have become associated in recent years with
forced gift-giving. Graduation announcements should not be distributed
to people other than close friends and family members, unless the
notation "No gifts please" has been added. (A rough rule to follow
would be this: Send announcements only to those people who already
know that your son or daughter is graduating.)"
The last point may be worth considering. If you think that your
announcements will be viewed as "trolling for gifts," you may well
wish to add "No gifts please" on some of the announcements.
To sum up the above information: it is a nice gesture to send out
announcements, especially since your daughter is graduating out of
state. Your friends and relatives will be pleased to get them.
Google search strategy
Search terms: etiquette graduation
Best of luck,