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Your child will soon be graduating homeschool and deciding what the next step will be. College, right? But why is college seen as the default next step for young adults?

Fortunately, most homeschoolers have been exposed to different options for furthering their education, but frequently we see college as the most reasonable next step. Why has college become the only blindly acceptable choice promoted by our society? 

Homeschool parents often focus on the high school transcript since it's so important for college admissions and discount the high school diploma as an optional, unimportant document. But the high school diploma is important and may be necessary for your graduate down the line.

Colleges, employers, and overseas organizations may request to see your teen's diploma, so it's best to create one at the time of homeschool graduation and store it safely until it is needed. 

Thanks to our customers for sharing photos of their teens showing off their graduation goodies from HomeschoolDiploma.com. We are honored to be part of this pivotal milestone in the life of your senior and of your entire family.

It's always a delight to see homeschool seniors and graduates with our products. All of us here at HomeschoolDiploma.com offer our sincere congratulations to these teens who have reached the culmination of their many years of homeschooling. They are shown here proudly displaying a diploma, a mortarboard cap and tassel, or a full cap and gown ensemble. Click each image to see more from their proud homeschool mothers.

Nothing really prepared me for the empty house my husband and I returned to after we helped our youngest move into his dorm a month ago.

Do you ever wonder what it will be like to be done homeschooling?

The question might have crossed my mind a couple of times over the last 15 or 16 years, but I never dwelt on it -- I didn't have time!  My life was crammed with the "side-effects" of homeschooling -- musical instruments, field guides, insect pins, cookbooks, tools of every imaginable kind, shelves of wonderful children's fiction, trips to theatre rehearsals and music lessons, and occasional algebra problems.

“How Do I Compile a Transcript?”

A Transcript is an official school report which includes a student's courses, grades, and credits.

We get calls regularly from people who want to know if they can purchase a transcript from us along with their diploma. The answer is "No, we don't sell transcripts." A transcript from your home school/ high school is not something that you buy; it is something that you compile..

Di·plo´·ma: noun.

"A certificate issued to a student by a school, college, or university, indicating graduation or conferring a degree.".

There is nothing mysterious about a diploma issued by a homeschool. As the administrator of your school, you set the requirements for graduation. When you determine that your children have met those requirements, you issue a diploma to certify that fact.

If your senior is hesitant to have a graduation ceremony, commemorate the milestone of homeschool graduation by choosing a creative option that your teenager will enjoy. Your graduation event doesn’t have to look like anyone else’s.

graduation ceremony is a rite of passage. It is how our society recognizes that teenagers have come of age and are full adults. It’s a mandatory part of a public school education. Public school students, with all of their graduating friends and classmates, stand as a group in front of a crowd of proud family members. It’s only for a moment that they are alone in the spotlight, walking across the stage one by one. At the end of the ceremoy, they toss their caps into the air as a collective expression of joy.

For us as Christian homeschoolers, the graduation provides us with the unique opportunity to bless our child and remind them of their foundation of faith, while at the same time giving a testimony of God's goodness and grace to those around us. I think it is an opportunity that we should seize!

An acquaintance of ours, whose children are in a Christian school, heard me use the words "homeschool" and "graduation" in the same sentence and told me bluntly, "Homeschoolers don't graduate." Well, not every homeschooling student dons a cap and gown, but at some point they DO finish.