It’s hard to believe that my oldest graduated this past Friday. Technically, she’s got a couple of classes to wrap up, but the recognition ceremony organized by a mom in my homeschool group was last Friday, so we participated. I hope you’ll indulge a proud mama and let me share some highlights with you.
1. Graduation gifts.
It made me smile when Brianna confided that she had no idea people sent monetary gifts when you graduated. It’s fun to see a kid pleasantly surprised and genuinely grateful. She opened a savings account with the first gift that she was given a few weeks ago and now has a nice start toward the car she wants to save for.
2. Caps and gowns.
I didn’t even get teary, y’all. Aren’t you impressed? It was a bit surreal seeing Brianna and her friends, one girl she’s known since they were 8 or so, in their caps and gowns. For those who are wondering, we got Brianna’s from HSLDA. Some of the other parents ordered from HomeschoolDiploma.com. Although Brianna’s gown was fine, I think I liked the ones from HomeschoolDiploma.com better. They had a satiny finish that looked more like my mental images of graduation gowns.
3. Diplomas and stuff.
Parents were given the option of handing their child her diploma or having our emcee do it. Hey, I’ve invested too many years in homeschooling to let someone else hand my kid her diploma. Brian felt the same way and I loved that, without explaining his intentions, he passed me the diploma to give to Brianna. He said I was the one who invested in the kids day in and day out, so I should be the one to award Brianna her diploma.
Yeah, he’s a keeper.
4. The national anthem.
Josh played the national anthem on his electric guitar as part of the ceremony. He did a great job and I was so proud of him, both for taking the initiative to learn it on his own and for offering to play it.
5. Tossing the caps.
I became the unofficial photographer since I had my fancy-schmancy camera. Is it sad that it was my idea that the graduates should toss their caps in the air? Hey, that’s the fun part!
I’m sure there are many more highlights to share. Those are just all my brain has had time to process so far. Thanks for indulging me.
Have you graduated a student yet?