5 Reasons a Homeschool Senior Needs a Graduation Ceremony
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 actually need to go through the time and effort to 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.
First and foremost a graduation ceremony is a way to have your dedication and your child’s hard work recognized.
It is not easy to homeschool a teenager all the way through high school. You researched, agonized over curriculum, and advocated for your child all these years. You spent long hours and late nights in heartfelt discussions and debates with your teen.
"Both you and your teenager deserve to have your hard work publically celebrated."
On their part, your teenagers also worked hard. They read, wrote, studied, and spent hours taking notes. They sacrificed social time with their friends as they learned to focus on long-term goals rather than short-term gratification.
Don’t let all this hard work be forgotten. Both you and your teenager deserve to have your hard work publically celebrated.
A graduation ceremony is a way to recognize and thank everyone who supported you through the years.
Homeschooling may happen at home, but homeschoolers are typically out and about in the community as well. Kids take classes at co-ops. They are tutored by mentors in different fields. Grandparents, friends, pastors, and other leaders all have a hand in guiding both you and your teen along this journey.
A graduation ceremony isn’t only about recognizing the hard work you and your child did; it’s also about publicly honoring those people who helped you along the way. It’s a way to say thank you.
Your graduation ceremony shows appreciation to the friends who encouraged you when you thought homeschooling high school would never work, the adults who tutored your child through difficult subjects, and the mentors who invested in your lives over the years.
"A graduation ceremony is a way to recognize and thank everyone who supported you through the years."
Whether you overtly express that thanks or not in the ceremony, even inviting them to the event expresses your gratitude for their contribution to this milestone.
A graduation ceremony is a public thank you to everyone who helped you complete the mammoth achievement of homeschooling high school.
Rite of Passage
In our culture, the graduation ceremony has become a public rite of passage. Teenagers in high school, even if they are 18, are still considered children in the eyes of our society. Living at home with parents who make all the important decisions, they are very much under the watchful care of mom and dad. They’re not considered full adults yet.
"The graduation ceremony recognizes this milestone in your child’s life."
However once teenagers have graduated from high school they are no longer children but adults, preparing to leave home and begin a separate life.
The graduation ceremony recognizes this milestone in your child’s life. It’s a public announcement that this teen is no longer a child but is now an adult and should be treated as such.
Your teen will benefit from this symbolic marker of the end of childhood and the beginning of adulthood.
The public ceremony of graduation is an inspiration for younger children, for friends, and for family.
The graduation ceremony lets the world know it’s possible to homeschool all the way to high school graduation. There’s a purpose and an end to all that effort and hard work. High school graduation is a milestone that’s within reach to anyone with dedicated perseverance.
"...high school graduation ceremonies remind us all of the hope found in a new stage of life."
The high school graduation is also a reminder that childhood doesn’t last forever. Homeschooling and high school both have an end point. Of course, that end is the start of a new way of life for the graduate. Events like high school graduation ceremonies remind us all of the hope found in a new stage of life.
A Cherished Memory
A high school graduation ceremony gives everyone involved wonderful memories.
There’s something important about a high school graduation that makes it memorable: the familiar cap and gown, tassel, and ribboned diploma are comforting symbols that hold great significance to everyone in attendance.
A graduation ceremony represents the culmination of high school studies --that moment when teens are recognized for all the work they invested over the years to achieve this moment. The memory of formally receiving the high school diploma and shaking hands with mom and dad will be etched on their memory forever.
"The memory of formally receiving the high school diploma and shaking hands with mom and dad will be etched on their memory forever."
Don’t deprive your child of the memories that are typical for our society during this traditional rite of passage. Yes, your homeschool graduate needs a graduation ceremony.
So host a graduation event complete with all the adults, teachers, mentors, and friends who have helped you on your way. Publically recognize all the time and effort you and your teenager have exerted over the many years of homeschooling. Celebrate the culmination of those years as your teen is now an educated adult in society by holding a homeschool graduation ceremony.
Celebrate the culmination of those years by holding a homeschool graduation ceremony.