What comes to mind when you think about high school graduation? For many people, the list goes something like this:
- Honor Society
- Awards Ceremony
- Class Ring
- Cap, Gown and Tassel
- Graduation Party
Did you know that these traditions aren’t just for kids who graduate from high schools? Homeschoolers may enjoy all of these special events, too.
Homeschool dances and proms, for example, take place every spring in many major cities all across the country — a little research should help you find one within commuting distance. In some states, homeschoolers are also invited to attend prom sponsored by the local schools, too. And if there isn’t a prom in your area, why not team up with several other families and host one of your own?
Some honor societies are open to homeschoolers, too. Check into the National Society of High School Scholars , Eta Sigma Alpha, or call a local high school guidance office to learn of any local chapters for which your student may be eligible.
As for class rings, cap and gown, diplomas, and other graduation memorabilia, try Josten’s, the HSLDA store, your statewide homeschool group or any of the other suppliers you find on the Internet. Homeschooler graduations can be as low-key or as elaborate as you wish, including invitations, programs, professional photos or anything else you’d like to include as part of the festivities. Keep in mind that companies like Vistaprint, Cafepress, and Shindigz offer great deals and specials on posters, banners and other party supplies, so graduation doesn’t have to cost a mint.
When thinking about homeschool graduation, remember that homeschooling is an entirely different lifestyle than the one experienced by families with kids that attend high schools. Because of this, for some families, traditional graduations are not important at all. But on the other hand, for those who love the idea of duplicating all of the pomp and circumstance — why not? Whether your graduate walks in a local ceremony, or you gather with other families and hold a smaller one of your own, the experience is entirely up to you. Just as your homeschooling experience has been unique, so should your child’s celebration of success.
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