Brother Sam has Graduated from High School!

Where has the time gone? Over half my family is now in the college/career world!
It seems like just yesterday I graduated from high school, but that is now 8 years past!

Has anyone ever wondered if Home Schoolers still graduate? They absolutely do! Not only do they get to graduate once, but even several times if they wanted to! Most kids get one high school graduation, while Sam had to opportunity to participate in 3 different graduations from the 3 different home school networks he was a part of. One was from Koinonia (with 6 total graduates), where he took classes on Mondays; one was from the West MI Home School Fine Arts Association (with 30 total graduates), where he was a part of an elite chorale; and one was from GRACE Home School Association (with 20 total graduates), where he took classes on Fridays. Do to college orientation, he was only able to attend 2 out of the 3 graduation ceremonies.

One thing I appreciate about a home school graduation is that the parents are thoroughly involved. As it is the parents who do all the leg work of teaching the kids, they also get the privilege of signing the diploma and handing it to the graduate as he/she is called up on stage.

#1 - The Koinonia Graduation!
My mom read a little background story about Sam, his life as a child, hopes and dreams for the future, & where he is attending college.

My dad was privileged to had him his official diploma!
Sam had the opportunity to do a special number at the program, so he picked a song and asked a few siblings to join him in a beautiful quartet harmony. Lenelle - soprano, Sam - tenor, Dan - bass, & Anna - alto.

Here is the Koinonia Graduating Class of 2010! (Sam was already dressed for his play he had to perform right after the graduation.)
#2 - The GRACE Home School Association Graduation!
Each graduate had a table displaying pictures and any special memorabilia. Here Sam is proudly standing by his home school basket ball trophies that he has earned himself, or with his team over the past 7 years of playing.

They had a class song, which they sang for everyone. "How Great is Our God" by Chris Tomlin.
Again, my parents were privileged to hand him the diploma, while someone else read off his name, favorite verse, and future plans.

Presenting the GRACE Home School Association Class of 2010!!!
Proud Parents! :)


  1. This looks identical to the way our family graduates too!

  2. That is cool that you are able to do something similar. I wasn't certain how home schoolers do it in Canada, since there are stronger home schooling associations here in Grand Rapids.

    We never got to experience a home school graduation, till now, as the 3 oldest kids in our family completed high school at a private school. Sam is the first in our family to home school to the end. Next brother in a couple years!


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