•;Think;over;the;logistics;of;the;recep-tion: menu, location, seating, clean-up,
etc. We chose not to offer refreshments
at the church building where we held
to do everything in one location.
• Delegate! Call upon friends, neighbors, and relatives to contribute menu
items, decorations, and assistance with
set-up or clean-up.
• A bulletin board showing photos of
your graduate will engage guests at
your;graduate’s;photo;on;it;;some;bak-eries offer this as a decorating option.
Honoring Your Graduate
internet. It wasn’t elaborate, but we
tied a nice ribbon around it, and it suf-ficed. You;can;order;nicer;ones,;and;the
cost is not prohibitive.
desired. Families of recent graduates
may have one to borrow. You can custom order a tassel online, but a party
store or dollar store may also stock
•;Prepare;a;photo;slideshow;highlight-ing the various stages of your gradu-ate’s;life;and;homeschool;memories.;In
our case, Nathan put together his own
and we showed it during the ceremony.
Many teenagers are good at this sort of
thing and enjoy doing it, so why not let
and;Circumstance”;and;had;the;short-est march in history. In hindsight, perhaps we should have practiced that
portion of the ceremony ahead of time!
Blessing Your Graduate
•;Pray.;Pray;over;the;concept;and;po-tential of blessing your graduate in the
meaningful way to inspire and challenge him, to stimulate others to pray
for your child, and most importantly,
divine participation in the new gradu-ate’s;pursuits.;It;is;a;tradition;that;God
Himself initiated blessing Adam and
Eve with fruitfulness and dominion
in His Name, and later blessing Abraham with immeasurable blessings and
promises that He extends to us today!
the most memorable incidents in the
Bible revealing the critical nature of
parental blessing emerges in the story
of Jacob and Esau. Esau was so desper-
ate for his father blessing that he cried
out, “Hast thou not reserved a blessing
for me? . . . bless me, even me, also, O
my father” (Genesis 27: 36, 38). Though
our children may seem independent,
Esau, long for our blessing. The gradu-
ation ceremony provides a beautiful
opportunity to give a blessing in the
enly Father, who openly declared, “This
is my beloved Son in whom I am well
pleased” (Matthew 3: 17), we can be-
stow life-giving, powerful words upon
dence of our acceptance and favor.
The high school years present home-
school parents with many heightened
pressures and concerns. Grading, tran-
scripts, achievement tests, college ap-
plications, and college visits crowd our
calendars and to-do lists. We—and our
students—are preoccupied with home-
ed, part-time jobs, internships, and more.
The graduation ceremony is no small
be incredibly meaningful to your gradu-
ate and to your family and loved ones.
special day, he wrote, “Honestly, every-
thing was perfect . . . I felt accomplished,
loved, and respected. As for being home-
schooled, it was the best thing you could
God bless you as you pray and plan!
Caryn Hommel, homeschool mom of four
and the author of Excelerate;SPANISH
( exceleratespanish.com), lives in Raleigh,
NC. She recently graduated a son and a
daughter and is still having the time of her
life schooling their younger siblings, ages
9 and 11. She loves the Charlotte Mason
method, dark chocolate, good coffee, travel,
Chihuahuas and other small rodents, and
the Fajita Trio at Chili’s.
ceremony provides a
to give a blessing in the
presence of loved ones!