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 Homeschool Graduation

Should You Include a Party with Your High School Graduation?

Homeschoolers have the option of combining graduation ceremonies and the family celebration into one single event. But should you combine the two events? There are pros and cons to merging these two events into one.

Family parties and graduation ceremonies serve two very different purposes for a high school graduation. The graduation ceremony is the time when the high school diploma is awarded to your graduate. However, the family party is when family and friends gather to celebrate your teenager’s high school graduation.

When you’re dealing with a large graduation ceremony with many graduates, the two events are never combined. However, homeschool graduations tend to be very small, with just one or two teenagers graduating. Homeschoolers do have the option of combining graduation ceremonies and the family celebration into one single event.

Should you combine the two events, though?

Why You Should Combine the High School Graduation Ceremony and the Family Party

Combining the high school graduation ceremony and the family party simplifies your planning dramatically. Instead of planning for two separate events, you’re planning for one large event.

Since everything is happening in one location, you need to reserve only one venue. You will need to ensure that you have arranged a long enough period of time for both the ceremony and the family party. There’s also the time needed for cleaning up afterwards, but there’s not the complication of having two separate locations possibly on two different dates to worry about.

Family and friends visiting from out of town don’t need to worry about transportation between the graduation ceremony and the family celebration. No one will get lost between the events. You don’t need to worry about renting a van, hiring taxis, or having someone chauffeur everyone from one place to another.

Often teenagers prefer a very simple graduation ceremony but a huge graduation party. In this case it makes perfect sense to combine the graduation ceremony and the large family party. Put your time and effort into planning a fabulous party and have a brief, to-the-point graduation ceremony to kick off the event.

Combining the high school graduation ceremony and the family party simplifies your planning.

Why You Should Not Combine the High School Graduation Ceremony and the Family Party

While combining the high school graduation ceremony and the family party may simplify matters, it’s not always practical.

That perfect venue you’ve rented for the high school graduation ceremony may not be available for the length of time you need for both a graduation ceremony and a family party. Instead you find yourself needing to move elsewhere for the party.

Other times you want a distinctly different atmosphere for the ceremony and the family party. Your child wants a very formal and traditional ceremony for their graduation. You and your husband want to host a large barbeque for the entire family. There’s no reason to compromise, but you will need to separate the two events because they have such different moods. Find a formal location for the graduation ceremony and then transport everyone to your home for the party.

The guest list may vary for the two events as well. For example, your teen may want to invite a dozen peers to the party, but those friends probably aren't as interested in a graduation ceremony. With two separate events, you can have two distinct guest lists that match the purpose and tone of each celebration.

Do you really want to host the graduation ceremony and the family party on the same day? It may be less taxing on your energy to spread the events over several days. If you’re planning a long graduation ceremony or one happening in the evening, it may make sense to schedule the two events on different days. Hold the graduation ceremony on the first evening, and then hold the party on the second evening. You won’t be rushing to complete the ceremony so you can move on to the party. Each event gets prime booking on separate days.

After all it’s not every day your child graduates from high school. Take the time to plan the perfect graduation ceremony and a wonderful family party to celebrate. Allow your teenager to enjoy his hour of fame.

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