The end of high school is not always measured in years or credit for homeschoolers. And moving on from home education doesn't always involve a graduation ceremony. But homeschoolers like to mark their children's accomplishments and the transition of their children to college, work, or other endeavors like any proud parents. Many homeschooling groups and organizations do hold full-blown graduation ceremonies for students who are finishing their high school years. These can include gowns and motarboards, a procession up to the stage in front of friends and family (where each student may be given the chance to make a short speech), yearbook pictures, and even "class" rings. Some families travel long distances to homeschool conventions to take part in their graduation ceremonies where there isn't a group of homeschoolers nearby to share the event. Unschoolers and some other unstructured homeschoolers sometimes prefer to create their own traditions. Maybe they will invite all the adults in their child's life to share their impression of their accomplishment over the years in person or in writing. Or they may choose to take a trip to celebrate their child's transition to adulthood.

Homeschool graduation

The transition from homeschooling to the next stage of a young adult's life isn't clearly marked for some families. They just move on from activities that involve parental assistance to their own endeavors without a lot of pomp and circumstance instead. Parents may make up their own diploma, using forms they create or find online. They may print them out and frame themselves, or have them done professionally. Parents can also buy a customized diploma from companies that cater to homeschoolers. Many of the educational activities older homeschoolers take part in on a regular basis -- self-directed learning, online instruction, hands-on projects, outside group activities, volunteer work, apprenticeships -- can and do continue long after the high school years are through. The end of high school is similar to that of students in school for families that do "school at home" and students enrolled in a distance learning program. The student can receive a diploma when the required number of courses are completed. Some states also issue diplomas to homeschoolers who follow specific course guidelines. Parents are required to provide their children with a set number of credit hours in order to complete high school in some states. Parents decide whether or not to keep track of the "credits" their students are earning in other places. Many parents prefer to assign credits to the work their children do even when it is not required. They may include work done at home, online courses, special programs for high schoolers, and college classes. Families using this method can tally up the number of credits earned to determine when their child has fulfilled the requirements for high school graduation. Some parents choose to have the child make up their own course of study when the state doesn't provide graduation guidelines and students aren't enrolled in a virtual program.