Receiving a homeschool diploma is definitely possible for your son or daughter. That seems to be another one of those inaccurate facts about homeschooling that circulates among individuals.
All four of our daughters earned this document and it was presented to them onstage by their dad.
In the above photo, my dad is posing for a picture with our daughters, Elizabeth and Julie, moments after their graduation ceremony.
Types of Diplomas
The church-related school that I am registered with offers two types:
Both options require students to complete a minimum of twenty-two credits of homeschool coursework to fulfill their requirements for graduation.
If you need to obtain a diploma, you can be creative and design your own and print it on quality paper. Or, you can order one from HSLDA, Jostens, or similar places.
I have attended numerous ceremonies where students earned these documents. Some were private, family ceremonies where the child was recognized for his accomplishments and the parents presided over the event.
Some were intimate settings where the members of a home school co-op or tutorial acknowledged their high school seniors. Usually the co-op teachers and administrators officiated over this type of ceremony.
Lastly, I have attended several formal graduation ceremonies held by our regional homeschool organization where many students come together to be recognized for completion of their studies and celebrate with family and friends. Although we have participated in this larger type of ceremony, my husband Wayne and I are still involved.
Ultimately, the value of a homeschool diploma is more sentimental than legitimate for the recipients. It is not likely that they would ever be required to present it as proof of having completed courses or have to produce it prior to employment.
However, it stands as a testament of the hard work and diligent effort they made over the preceding twelve or thirteen years of school and shows something about their character.