Celebrate your Homeschool Graduate!

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Will you be graduating one of yours this spring?  Are you thinking about doing a special family event, or are you looking for a graduation ceremony, in your area?

Many families host a graduation party, plan a special family graduation trip, or other recognition events.  Let's Homeschool High School has lots of ideas for family oriented celebrations. They also offer downloadable diploma templates here.

And Sue, from Journeying Sue, has a wonderful post on how she made her own graduation ceremony for her son.  It even includes a template for event planning.

In our house, my daughter wanted to participate in a graduation ceremony.  We were lucky to have one in our state, sponsored by our association. Many homeschool associations offer homeschool graduation ceremonies around the country.  

Last june, my teen graduated from our homeschool, in a regional ceremony, sponsored by WHO (Washington Homeschool Organization).  And do you know what we had the day before?  My teen's homeschool prom!  Somehow, everything came off....

There are also many statewide homeschool proms available these days, sponsored by state homeschool organizations.  The best part of ours was that I got to be the prom photographer! My teen and her friends had a great time at their prom. 

The next morning, we all got up early, ironed my teen's graduation gown, made sure our cameras had batteries, ran around, were chased by our kitten, then finally headed out.... We almost forgot our teen's "grad board"......but my daughter remembered, lol.

Our ceremony was held in the puget sound area, but many of the students came from across the mountains, from eastern washington.  
Each grad wrote up a short statement to be read at the ceremony, about their homeschooling years.....

It was a joy to listen to all of them.  Each story reflected the individuality of each student...some were planning on going on to college or community college, others had vocational oriented plans, and some didn't know yet where they would be headed.... 

We were celebrating the achievements of every one of them!

The diplomas were given out by the homeschooling parents.  I  wanted my husband to do the honors...

... as he has been  involved in our homeschool from the get go.....playing "daddy taxi", driving our daughter to many of her  activities, and serving as our go to resource for math and science help.

And I loved the graduation decorations!  Many of the teens also did a "grad board" to share more about their journeys....but some didn't, and that was fine, too.

After the traditional "throwing off of the hats"......

.....we gathered with family and friends over cake.  Now I would like to introduce to you the WHO Graduating Class of 2014....

Isn't it nice for our homeschool graduates to get this attention and support for their hard work, through a ceremony, or special family event?

  It was a thrill to watch our daughter go through this ceremony, and see the joy in her face, and in the others as well. 

 Having the opportunity to homeschool our daughter all the way, has made all the difference in my daughter's growth as a person.  Watching her learn and grow, we grew as a family. 

Afterwards we relaxed at dinner, and enjoyed our new graduate....

The next day, my teen had a graduation party to go to, and her last youth group meeting to attend, so my husband and I had a the day to ourselves!  So nice after this event filled week, lol.

I am looking forward to a peaceful summer, with time to enjoy our teen, go to the lake, play with our new kitten, and watch some vegetables grow, too.    

Homeschooling to college has allowed my teen to go directly to the four year college of her choice. My daughter will be commuting to college starting next fall..... AND she is so excited! 

 As motivated, independent learners, homeschoolers go into a vocation or college knowing how to find the answers/resources, with the motivation to do so.  

Have you seen my new book on high school and college yet?

Get my best tips on college from a homeschool perspective!  Make your high school planning easier! 

More high school posts are on Pinterest here: Homeschooling High School Pinterest Board

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Betsy is mom to her now college junior, whom she homeschooled from day one.  She blogs at BJ's Homeschool, about the early yearshigh school & college and wrote the book - Homeschooling High School with College in Mind.   She offers free homeschool help through messages at BJ's Consulting

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  1. Congratulations to your daughter, and to you! Than you for sharing these special moments!

    Thank you for stopping by the Thoughtful Spot Weekly Blog Hop this week. We hope to see you drop by our neck of the woods next week!

  2. Thanks for stopping by, Jill R. and sharing your comments! It is wonderful to share our graduation with you and your readers on the Thoughtful Spot! It has been a busy and special time for our family,


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