Home-schoolers bask in graduation
East Valley Tribune, Arizona, By Jackie Leatherman, May 28, 2005
On Friday night, "Pomp and Circumstance" ushered 117 home-schooled seniors adorned in blue caps and gowns down the center aisle to officially graduate from high school….
Dan Wisely, a parent and board member for the home education group, said he does not know what prompted the nonprofit organization to begin the ceremony 13 years ago, but that "perhaps they wanted to feel like there was some closure."
"I think home-schoolers still felt that there was a next level to go to (before the ceremony existed)," he said. "(This) is a step in the process and they are moving on."
Sally Roman, a homeschool mother from Mesa, said the event was a great chance to celebrate with other home-school families.
"It?Äôs been a nice stepping stone," she said. "To come . . . and celebrate this life closure."
Ann: Like the Prom, a graduation ceremony is not so much about schooling as it is a Rite of Passage. Not every teen needs or wants it, but for those that do, parents rise to the occasion with an event that satisfies.