COORDINATING A HOMESCHOOL COMMENCEMENT CEREMONY
The lights dimmed. On the black screen our daughter’s name appeared in large white letters. As her baby picture received “awws” from the crowd, we ascended the three carpeted steps to the stage. Several slides of her growing up years, and finally, her smiling senior picture followed. The lights brightened and she handed to me a single crimson rose. Because the number of Indiana students graduating from homeschools is growing, support groups around the state are coordinating their own special commencement ceremonies to honor seniors and their parents. The IAHE would like to offer several ideas to help your support group organize graduation activities especially designed to fit your group.
Where to Begin
- Guest speaker’s honorarium
- Building rental/ janitor’s fee
- Program covers – A parent or student may design these or purchase bulletin covers from a Christian book store.
- Printing of Bulletins
- One rose per student for the mothers
- Person to operate sound and lighting
- Expenses of slide or Power Point presentation
- Other expenses, such as a diploma, cap and gown, and announcements, should be covered by the parents for their own student. My support group allows each family to select their own colors for these items because the ceremony is honoring several individual schools.
After all ceremony expenses are paid, the balance is carried over to the next year which may be an extra small class with limited finances.