Homeschool Graduation Ideas and Homeschool Diplomas

Summary:  Homeschool high school graduation and ideas for how your might like to celebrate it.  Make your own simple family homeschool graduation celebration, or find out if your state has a homeschool graduation ceremony.  Included also is information on where to find  homeschool graduation diplomas and more.  In addition, links to statewide homeschool proms are included.

Will you be graduating one of your teens this spring?  If so, are you thinking about doing a special family event within the covid-19 restrictions that we now have.

Finding a way to celebrate our graduates this year can be frustrating, but still can be done.

Here are a few ideas, which of course may have to be adapted for this season we are in.

Homemade Celebrations

Do you want to host a family graduation party?  Let's Homeschool High School has lots of ideas for family oriented celebrations.  

7 Sisters Homeschool has more ideas for a homemade ceremony here.

How to Create a Simple Graduation Ceremony

And Sue, from Journeying Sue blog, has a wonderful post on how she made her own graduation ceremony for her son. 

 It even includes a template for event planning here.

Homeschool Graduation Ceremonies

In our house, my daughter wanted to participate in a graduation ceremony.  We went to the  to one in our state sponsored by our homeschool association.  

It was 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....

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, were chased by our kitten then finally headed out.... 

Our ceremony was held in the Puget Sound area, but many of the students came from across the mountains, from eastern Washington. 

What is a homeschool graduation ceremony like?

The main part of the ceremony was the following:  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.  And what they each got out of homeschooling.

The parent was then called up to the stage, and they presented their teen the homeschool diploma.  It was just beautiful.  My husband wanted to be the one to do that, and I so enjoyed watching him give the diploma to my daughter.

Some teens 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.... They all shared their homeschool experiences in their own way.  

We were celebrating the achievements of every one of them!  Here's the whole WHO Graduating Class...

Homeschool Graduation Ceremonies in Your State

Many homeschool associations offer homeschool graduation ceremonies around the country.  Just click the link above to see if your state hosts one.

Homeschool Proms

There are many statewide homeschool proms available, sponsored by the state homeschool organizations.

Homeschool Diplomas

LHSHS diploma 2

Let's Homeschool High School site offers downloadable diploma here.  They have step by step instructions for downloading each of their diploma templates.  

They, in fact have many choices for printing a homeschool diploma.  We chose one and found that it came out very well.

Graduation reminded us of how happy we were that we homeschooled all the way.  Having the opportunity to homeschool our daughter helped make the difference in her finding her own way and in her personal growth and in her faith.

Watching her learn and grow, we grew as a family.  Together.  

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

Have you seen my book yet?  

I have gathered together all my best tips for high school and college and put it into my new book, Homeschooling High School with College in Mind, 2nd Edition

It gives you everything that you need to plan your high school homeschool for your college bound teen.  Plus how to help them get into the college of their choice.

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This book is an easy-to-read guide to college for homeschoolers, recently updated with 7 NEW chapters, including:

- My own homeschoolers guide to the Common Application
- How to write the Counselor Recommendation Letter
- Where to find college scholarships
- SAT/ACT Prep
- How to make your own homemade courses
 Included are also 12 homeschool high school planning printables to make your record-keeping easier.

10 easy to do steps to homeschool high school with college in mind. And it really is NOT that hard!!  

This book does not tell you how to homeschool high school.  Instead it gives you guidance for doing it your way!  

For more information, click here - Frugal College Prep for Homeschoolers or to buy it here - my book on Amazon for only $11.99.  

And don't worry about forgetting things!

Thanks for stopping by BJ's Homeschool,

Betsy is mom to her now college grad, whom she homeschooled through high school.  She blogs at BJ's Homeschool, about the early yearshighschool
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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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