We Have Another Graduate!
Posted by homeschoolmentormom on June 13, 2011
(Belated post) My daughter Rebekah has graduated from homeschool-high school! (Two down, two to go!) Home Educator’s Resource Center put on its 14th annual graduation ceremony on June 4, 2011, and it was beautiful…just like my daughter!
One of HERC’s annual traditions is that the kids choose a community leader to honor—someone who has been a help or encouragement to homeschoolers/the homeschool community. This year, it was only natural that they chose to honor our own Peggy (you can learn more about HERC Bakersfield, and Peggy HERE.) They read a tribute to her, and showed her a beautiful slide show of her life.
Other traditions: A slide show of the kid’s senior pictures and their senior activities; a senior class theme and Bible verse; a spiritual challenge from the seniors to the juniors, and the graduation speakers (HERC alumni, who give advice to the seniors about staying the course spiritually, the challenges they will face as they become more independent, etc.) I also love that the parents may choose to be the ones to hand their children their diploma (lots of hugs, all around. That’s what we did. The kids still have other hands to shake— representatives of HERC, perhaps their private school satelite program leaders, etc.)
Another tradition that I really love is the “senior bios”. No public school could do this simply because of the size of their schools—graduation would take days! But since we have smaller classes, we have the time to do it. Right after each senior’s name is called (and while s/he walks down to “shake hands” and get their diploma), their bio is read. It includes things like the student’s interests, accomplishments, awards, goals, and so on. I’m always amazed at the accomplishments of these kids! Here is Bekah’s bio; I expanded it a tad for you:
Rebekah Anne Lemons
Rebekah Lemons is the second of four children in the Lemons’ family, and the only girl. She has been homeschooled “from birth.”
Affectionately nicknamed “Sis”, her sweet and loving personality has always been a blessing to all who know her.
Ever since she was a little girl, Rebekah has had a vivid imagination. Now that she’s older, she keeps it alive through her creative writing. She rarely goes anywhere without her notebook and her Bible, and hopes to become a (published) Christian fiction author (probably in the fantasy/science fiction genre.) She has memorized entire chapters of the Bible and can read, write and speak Japanese.
Although she’s “shy” in public, her friends and family know she’s anything but shy OR quiet. Rebekah overcame her public shyness to step out into the work world. She’s volunteered more than 300 hours at Summit Bible College, and was named “Volunteer of the Year” in 2010. She is now employed at the college as an administrative assistant, and has already begun taking courses there. Rebekah plans to get her degree from Summit Bible College and then perhaps go on to another college for a degree in writing.
Bekah’s life verse is Jeremiah 29:11: (NIV) “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”Bekah also got her driver’s license this week, which means that she is driving herself across town to work. Please pray for her to be a cautious, confident and good driver; pray that she stays safe…and pray for my nerves! My baby girl is all grown-up! Where did the years go? ~Susan
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