Homeschoolers head into world, 11 June 2007, Detroit Free Press, Detroit, Michigan
Scott’s ceremony, though small, was just like those at local high schools, with spectators straining to see the graduates marching in, earnest speeches, popping cameras and, of course, diplomas. The only real difference was that there was no valedictorian. Instead, the parents spoke about their children.
And there were plenty of teary eyes as the words “proud,” “character,” “hard-working” and, since this was a church-sponsored ceremony, “God” were uttered over and over when beaming parents handed shiny blue-jacketed diplomas to grinning grads.
The number of homeschool graduations has led Jostens, the venerable supplier of class rings and caps and gowns to millions, to start a line of graduation items for homeschooled students.
“It’s a small portion of our sales, but we’ve seen nice growth over the last four or five years,” said Rich Stoebe, director of communications.
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