5 Tools for Graduation

5 Tools for Graduation

It’s that time of year again when the graduation invitations flutter into our mailboxes; high school seniors are abuzz with graduation ideas, summer-fling excitement, college plans; and homeschooling parents are scrambling for their students to finish last minute papers while preparing for their graduation ceremony.  Happy May!

I feel like May is the most exciting month of the school year, aside from the quickly fading back-to-school happiness in August.  May is exhilarating because the school year is finally coming to an end, everyone is finishing up their work, and proud of the fact that they made it.  After months and months of hard work, they finally made it!  As you begin preparing for your homeschool senior’s graduation, here are some tools that will certainly come in handy!


–Diploma template.  Your graduating senior will need a diploma.  Not only is that the integral part of the graduation ceremony (or to graduate, period), but colleges and even certain employers require a diploma.  Also, your homeschooler has worked hard for their diploma all these years!  We have plenty of diploma templates to choose from.

–Transcript template.  Every graduating homeschooler should have a complete transcript of all their work for the past four years.  Colleges will be asking for these.  We make it easy with this transcript template ready to fill in!

–Cap and gown.  Even if you aren’t having a huge ceremony, a lot of homeschooled graduates still love wearing a cap and gown at their party or small ceremony.  There’s just something about the outfit that gives a legitimacy and finalization to the fact that they are indeed graduated.  I didn’t know this when I was graduating four years ago, but Amazon sells caps and gowns here, which is quite helpful.

–Graduation announcements.  If you are having any kind of ceremony or party, you’ll want to send out announcements!  This was probably my favorite part of preparing for graduation.  Choosing the perfect template with your graduate to reflect their personality and interests is just fun!  You can also find graduation announcements on Amazon.

–Graduation planner.  To pull off a party, ceremony, or simply make sure your senior finishes on time for summer, a plan is critical.  We all know homeschool moms love their planners, lol.  This is a free graduation checklist to make sure you get everything done!

One other thing to remember is to breathe.  It can be stressful, but this time should be fun and exciting!  Enjoy these moments with your graduating homeschooler, and congrats!  You made it, too!


Tialla Rising is a homeschool graduate and a published author. She lives in the mountains of Arizona with her amazing husband, where she enjoys reading, Netflix, writing, and more! Visit her website at http://www.tiallarising.com.

May 8, 2017


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