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I recently attended a college graduation, and one of the parents decided to recite shehecheyanu to celebrate the occasion. I have never heard of someone doing this -- is there any basis for saying it?

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  • Is there anything wrong with saying it?
    – Scimonster
    Jun 20, 2014 at 9:32
  • The Bracha can be said on something that happens infrequently (check) and from which someone derives simcha from (check). Obviously its better not to blithely say brachos and thus some are makpid to buy a new suit or something and have that in mind to make the bracha Jun 20, 2014 at 9:52
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    An even more appropriaet Bracha would be "Hatov Vehamaitiv"
    – DanF
    Jun 20, 2014 at 13:16
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    – Isaac Moses
    Jun 20, 2014 at 14:36
  • Nafkamina has a point. In my shul, the rav has a Bar Mitzvah boy's family (as well as himself) say Shehechiyanu in shul. In the case of college graduation, esp. if someone finally became a doctor after about 12 years between undergrad., grad. interns, etc. - I would also say "She'asah Nissim" ;-) ;-)
    – DanF
    Jun 20, 2014 at 16:50

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This prayer is a celebration of life. It can therefore be recited whenever something happens and which is a new experience. This includes graduation from school, college, etc. It seems to me that one could even say it on waking in the morning, although we do have other prayers for this.

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    Sourcing your initial sentance would be invaluable.
    – Double AA
    Jul 7, 2014 at 15:56
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    ... as well as the second.
    – msh210
    Jul 7, 2014 at 16:41
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    as well as the last Jul 7, 2014 at 17:14

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