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Don't skip the graduation ceremony. It's an important time of recognition and gratitude, marking a pivotal milestone in a teen's life. 

After years of hard work and homeschooling, your teenager is ready to graduate high school. Can you simply hand your child a transcript and diploma or do you need to go through the time and effort to actually plan a graduation ceremony? To be blunt, you do need to plan and host a graduation ceremony for your teenager. A graduation serves five distinct purposes for those who graduate and those who attend it.

Every homeschool family that has held a graduation celebration has a unique story about how they did it. Here's the story of our first graduation!

Some families choose to hold a ceremony at home or in their church and make their child's commencement a public affair with friends and family present. Others keep it a very private affair and make it a memorable family-only time. When our daughter graduated, we chose to do both.

A high school graduation ceremony doesn't have to be an elaborate production as long as you focus on the simple essentials. Here is what you need to do for a simple homeschool graduation held at your home or a public park.

Does the thought of hosting a homeschool graduation ceremony fill you with dread? Maybe you've never attended anything but a large ceremony at a public or private school and can't imagine how you could pull off that much pomp and circumstance with a single graduating teen. Don’t worry! Planning a graduation doesn’t need to be a difficult process when you host a simple ceremony with family and friends.

A helpful guide to make a beautiful display that will welcome your guests to your celebration!

A graduation memory table is a wonderful way to decorate your graduation party and honor your hardworking, homeschool senior. Start early, gathering photos, mementos, and decorations months before your high school graduation event.

Start planning your teen’s homeschool graduation as early as possible. This timeline plots a six month course to ensure a memorable high school graduation ceremony with as little last minute stress as possible.

Planning a homeschool high school graduation ceremony is intimidating. You need to plan everything from the venue to the food and from the guest list to the speeches. So just when and where do you start? 

The reasons a homeschooler gets a senior portrait are not very different from any other graduating high schooler. Although we homeschoolers tend to question the norms of typical educational custom, both you and your homeschooled teen will cherish the senior portrait. Don’t skip it. 

Everyone has seen the graduation photos that pop up in the spring. High school seniors all over the county have a photo shoot of themselves outdoors or in a studio. Although we homeschoolers tend to skip many public school traditions, a formal high school graduation portrait is not one to skip. Here are seven reasons to give your graduating teen a high school graduation portrait.

Are you thinking of a large, impressive ceremony where you can be part of a sea of homeschool students in caps and gowns? Or something very small, with close family and friends? Something in-between?

It’s important to bring closure to the years of home education in some way. Celebrating the completion of the High School years is one of those rites of passage that our culture values and recognizes, yet for homeschoolers, the form of that symbolic "closure” can be as personal as their motives and styles of education.

Are printed invitations and announcements obsolete in the day of social media? Can't you skip the process of ordering, addressing, and mailing? Won't clicking a few buttons achieve the same result? Here are things to consider when you are deciding precisely how to invite people to your graduation celebration or to announce your homeschooler's completion of high school.

Social media invitations are admittedly easier and free. But they are quite informal and your event may be easily forgotten without a printed announcement.