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Are your parents coming for your graduation? Is the usage correct?

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    Additional context would help. Is the usage correct? That depends entirely on how you're using it. Grammatically, it seems fine. – Roger Sinasohn May 11 '17 at 21:17
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    I can't find this actual usage of 'for' in a dictionary, but it's certainly idiomatic and means roughly 'in order to see / take part in and enjoy / celebrate'. 'We went there for the fireworks.' 'I'm here for the carnival.' – Edwin Ashworth May 11 '17 at 21:29
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"Are your parents coming for your graduation" implies that the parents are elsewhere (as in, they live out of town) and are traveling to where the graduate is, with the reason for the visit being the graduation ceremony. Consider someone who went away to college and upon their graduation, their parents come to visit and attend the graduation.

"Are your parents coming to your graduation," on the other hand, seems to be asking solely about the graduation ceremony itself. They might be local or perhaps they were visiting but it was unsure if they would be attending the ceremony.

As an example: my niece is graduating from college in Southern California this June. She knows that her parents will be coming for her graduation (as well as to help her pack up her stuff.) Next year, her brother will be graduating from high school. Her parents will definitely be going to that ceremony as well; the school is nearby.

To sum up, for provides the reason for the coming; to indicates the destination.

Hope this helps!

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