Eighteen years have flown by, and it’s time. Time for my oldest to graduate from high school! He was homeschooled through freshman year of high school, and then went to public school. My second son is also graduating this year (a year early), and he was homeschooled the whole way through, including classes at the community college this year. The date is set, and now it’s time to plan the homeschool graduation ceremony for my second and the graduation party for both. So, today I’m sharing how to successfully plan a homeschool graduation ceremony and party. See below for a printable planning pack and recipe for graduation brownies!
How to Plan the Graduation Ceremony
Here are some things to plan for the graduation ceremony:
- Date, location, and time
- Combining with others or alone?
- Who will speak and for how long?
- Special music?
- Order cap and gown
- Order diploma
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Where to order homeschool diploma and cap & gown
Here are a couple of options:
How to Plan the Graduation Party
Much more details are in the planning pack, including time deadlines and lots of lists. But, here are a few decisions you’ll need to make. (After we have our party, I’ll be back to post pictures of what we did!)
- Pick a date, location, and time
- Guest list and invitations (including getting senior photos taken for the invitations )
- Food (make it, cater, or a mixture?)
- Entertainment (outdoor games, karaoke, band, DJ?)
- Extras such as decorations, things to buy or borrow, and making slide show/photo collage
Graduation Open House and Party Planning Guide
This 25-page printable pack guides you from a few months before the party all the way to the final hours to make sure you have everything ready. Find check-off lists, charts, to-do lists, guest lists, shopping lists, etc.
Graduation Brownie Recipe
Ingredients for Graduation Brownies
- 12 brownies from your favorite recipe or boxed mix
- 1 (16-ounce) container milk chocolate frosting or your favorite brownie icing
- Wilton Emoji Icing Decorations
- Hershey’s Chocolate Candy Bars (Pictured: Hershey’s Snack Size Milk Chocolate Candy Bars, 5.84 Oz., 12 Count)
- ¼ cup milk chocolate morsels
- 12 miniature marshmallows
- Bake brownies with your favorite mix or recipe. Cool, and cut brownies into squares.
- Melt the chocolate in the microwave according to package directions giving special care not to overheat the candy. If the chocolate is overheated, it will be too thick. You can add 2 teaspoons of vegetable shortening or coconut oil to help thin the chocolate but do not add any other type of liquid as the candy will seize and harden.
- Cut Hershey’s chocolate bars into squares.
- Dip each emoji icing decoration into the melted chocolate and place against a square of chocolate. Allow chocolate to set completely before proceeding to next step.
- Remove lid and foil seal from frosting container. Place in microwave and melt on high for 30 seconds. Stir well. Repeat if needed.
- Pour melted frosting over brownies. Immediately press faces into the corner of the brownie.
- Press each marshmallow against a hard surface covered with waxed paper, rolling to flatten. Place flattened marshmallow on brownie.
- Allow the chocolate to set completely before serving.
What plans do you have for your homeschool high school graduation ceremony and party? Please comment below to share!
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