It’s the end of the school year and some of us are at the end of the homeschool journey with one or more of our children. After all the applications and visits, after all the tests, how will we mark homeschool graduation? How will we mark this rite of passage into adulthood in a way that is meaningful? Since we don’t attend schools where everyone marches across a stage and prominent people give speeches, we need to have other ways of celebrating.
Some graduation ideas: One event for several graduates
If you belong to a co-op or support group and there are several students graduating, consider having one event for all of them. The support group I belong to has offered this for at least ten years, but there has been as many as eighty families in this group at one time. My oldest daughter participated in this event for her high school graduation. This group does the following for its graduates:
- The parents of each graduate say a short speech about their student
- The graduates all wear a cap and gown
- One of the fathers gives a short message
- Every family receives a multimedia slide show featuring documentary photographs of each student growing up
- A semi-formal reception after the ceremony
- A printed diploma for each student, featuring their homeschool’s name
A reception for just your child
If you do not belong to a large group or such an event seems daunting, you could do a reception for just your child. This is what we are doing for my son who is set to graduate in 2019. This is our plan:
- Host a big party with all our friends and relatives.
- Invite teachers, mentors, pastors, employers, and others involved with our son during his high school years to say a few words about him. If they cannot be present, we plan to ask them to write a paragraph or two that we can read at the reception.
- We will speak about our journey with our son and present him with his diploma.
- We may or may not have photos available.
If you just want something simple, here are a few more ideas:
- Dress up and go to a nice restaurant as a family. At the end of the dinner, say a few words to your child about your journey and present the diploma.
- Present your child with a significant gift, a few words or long letter, and her diploma.
Whatever you choose to do, make it memorable. Encourage your child. Celebrate her accomplishments. Spur him on as a young adult setting out on a new adventure. Check out some beautiful, encouraging gifts for your graduate here.