Our final topic for the Homeschooling High School series is, of course, graduation.
Now that your child has covered all the requirements and some electives, how do you celebrate the completion of the high school years? Does the homeschool group you may be a part of have an annual graduation ceremony? What if you don’t belong to a homeschool group? What then?
When my oldest son was ready to graduate, we actually just had a simple program at church, after church and potluck.
I had prepared a PowerPoint presentation, which played on the screen. Then, the pastor spoke a few words, after which I spoke a few words and presented my son with his diploma. I don’t think the program lasted more than about 30 minutes. The only family present were the kids, my husband, and I.
My son and I designed his graduation announcement together.
The verse on his announcement was Isaiah 32:2, NIV:
Each one will be like a shelter from the wind and a refuge from the storm, like streams of water in the desert and the shadow of a great rock in a thirsty land.
If you knew anything about my son, you would know why this verse is appropriate! He has been interested in storms and natural disasters from a very young age. Perhaps it’s an inherited trait. <grin> Both his biological father and I are interested in such things (his father more than I, perhaps).
When my daughter was ready to graduate, we were part of a homeschool group which holds an annual graduation ceremony for all the high school seniors in the group…or at least for those who wish to participate in the ceremony.
We (the seniors and parents) had several planning sessions, beginning in January or February of the senior year. Caps, gowns, and diploma covers were ordered. There was even a photographer who did a photo shoot of the kids.
The graduation was held at a Christian church. It was a lovely ceremony, very spiritual and Christ-centered indeed. My parents and my younger brother and his family came in from out of town to attend and celebrate with us.
The young people marched in. There were musical numbers performed. Someone gave an inspirational speech. The students then sat up on the platform. There was a PowerPoint played for each student (which made everyone cry), and then each of us parents went up to give a brief address to our child and present him/her with the diploma.
My daughter and I designed her graduation announcement/invitation. The verse she chose was Jeremiah 29:11.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
Looking ahead to my current high schooler’s graduation (fortunately I still have a year yet to prepare my heart for that one!!), I imagine his will be more along the lines of a quiet, simple celebration, like my oldest son’s was. But, we’ll see.
As you can see, there are different types of graduation celebrations from which to choose. Simply choose whichever best suits your student and your family. Be sure to treasure the memories and take lots of photos!
(If anyone is interested in seeing the graduation announcements we designed, I will gladly share; leave a comment below.)