I'm looking for some help with the wording on an invite for a party we are having in a few weeks. After going back to school to obtain a degree for a second career, I will finally be graduating. This past year in particular has been difficult for a number of reasons, so while this is technically a graduation party, I would really like to position it as a "thank you" party so that I can show my gratitude to my friends and family for all their support these past few years.
The party is at my home at 8pm after my graduation ceremony, but most people will not be at the ceremony. A few points I want to emphasize are my gratefulness to everyone so no gifts, and adults only - no kids. As these are mostly friends with kids who my kids are friends with, I am afraid that many of them will read "no kids" as "no one else's kids, but mine are ok".