I have an etiquette question for you guys because I am honestly stumped.
My 'friend' is graduating from a local trade school/junior college with a certification that recently landed her a full-time job after many years of working part-time as an instructor (like me) and in retail. We have known each other for a while now (6+ years) and have several mutual friends, but we had a falling-out a couple of years ago and haven't been that friendly for a while. (OK, let's put it this way: I'm trying to figure out how to NOT invite her to my birthday shopping trip in a couple of months.) She has a B.A. and M.A. in English already, but couldn't find a full-time job using her degrees so she went back to get this certification.
Her graduation is this weekend. I can't go because my family will be going to my MIL's for a visit before we got to a Super Bowl Party. This friend is expected to be at the same party so I figure I'll give her a graduation card then. My question is, am I supposed to give her a gift too? She's over 30 and single with no kids and is very close to her dad, who paid for her education. I need to know what the protocol is here. I'm stumped and not really sure how to answer this question. You guys are always so great at this so thanks for your help (in advance)!
Is a graduation card enough or do I need to give her a gift too????