You would think it would be easy. Pick out some graduation invitations and have them printed or ordered online. What could possibly be hard about that?
I admit it, tears came with mulling over and searching to find the right words of how I felt deep down. You know not the surface wording we are suppose to say on an invitation. But words you keep tucked away low down, because if they surface people may think you have lost it.
I wanted to express how grateful his father and I were that we had the privilege to homeschool Mr. Senior 2013. I wanted to thank the Creator for the blessing of having him in our life.
Tears streamed as my hands typed. Knowing the quiet, dignified demeanor of my son (he doesn’t take after me, must be his father) I knew right away he would be, to say the least uncomfortable by what I had already drafted.
Remember, what I said earlier about this not being just your party? It’s true. Mr. Senior 2013 cared about the details of the party including the invitation wording. I had always thought because he was a boy he might leave some of that up to me, but he didn’t. I think that it is one of the privileges of homeschooling, which is teaching kids to care and being responsible even about little things.
So after realizing that much of my wording was way too sentimental for an invitation and that it wasn’t a Thank the Lord invitation for his life, I was able to pick out words that expressed how we felt without scaring away my guests.
Too, by this point you will have decided if you will do a group graduation, which we decided not to. We really wanted something private where we dictated the events for the evening.
When Words Matter the Most
Look at some of these ideas for wording for both individual and group graduations
- “Join us as we celebrate the homeschool graduation…..”
- “The Class of 2013 proudly announces the homeschool graduation from (use the name of your school).”
- “We have accomplished our God-given assignment and proudly announce the homeschool graduation of…”
- “Mr. & Mrs. You are proud to announce the graduation of …….from their homeschool education.”
- “With thanks to God for his guidance, the parents of ….. announce the homeschool high school graduation of……”
- “…….will be receiving his high school diploma from (name your school) Homeschool Program.”
- “As our final years come to an end, we pause to reflect on the joy and memories. Please join us as _____ celebrates his homeschool high school graduation.”
- ‘We celebrate the blessing of our homeschool journey by announcing the high school graduation of……”
- “Please join us in honor of ____’s graduation from (your school name)”
- “It is with great pride that we announce the graduation of our son………..from ………”
Deciding to do a double sided card also allowed room for more wording on the back which was important to us.
We were able to express our thankfulness for Mr. Senior 2013 and still keep his dignity. Looking above I was able to get in all the details on the card.
Just as a side point to remember, I did send out a save the date email way early to my guests. Especially if you plan a graduation in the summer, you will want to do this way ahead of time even if you don’t have all the details worked out. I know our friends appreciated the save the date email so they could make vacation plans.
Homeschool High School Graduation Invitation
Though saving money was not the main driving point for me preparing his invitation, it was a nice side advantage.
Two ways I have saved money so far, but felt like we were still having a unique experience are:
- I had 2 photographers. One was not quite so professional where I had more time to devote to the photo shoot. The second one I knew exactly how long I would have him and had a list of photos for him too which I will tell you about in an upcoming post.
- I designed my own invitations and only paid for printing/envelopes. Even if you don’t have the skill set for creating graphics, a lot of homeschoolers do. It is possible among your local group that you may find a homeschool teen or parent that can do this.
In the end, choosing invitations mattered more than I realized and I didn’t want to leave the words that mattered most up to a stranger. Whether you homeschool the whole time or a few short years, it is is a treasured time and there is no substitute for expressing your heart.
The other words that I have for my son as his mom stayed where they should be and that is with him.
But those are not the only ways I unexpectedly saved money. The venue or location to have our graduation was equally important and by accident I stumbled across another way to save money on this part of the planning too.
In my next post on this series, I will give you some tips on how we chose a venue.
Here are the other posts in this series:
10 days-Planning Homeschool High School Graduation: Start the Planning (Day 1).
10 days-Planning Homeschool High School Graduation: Senior Portraits (Day 2).
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