The last couple of months have been pretty hectic for my family and me. My daughter was finishing up her senior year of high school and our schedules were thrown for a loop thanks to an ongoing barrage of exams, final projects, tying up loose ends, high school graduation rehearsals, etc. Well, I’m happy to say that it is all over now. Last week, my daughter got her diploma and celebrated the end of her high school life as part of the graduating class of 2019!
High School Graduation Ceremony
The high school graduation ceremony at Munchkin’s school was pretty laid back. The graduating class consisted of 54 students from three different high schools in the district, the largest group to date. Each student could only have a max of four guests so the event wasn’t that busy.
The ceremony lasted about 1-1/2 hours and, of course, they saved the giving out of certificates for the very end. Since our last name starts with a “V” (at least here in the States it does), Munchkin was among the last few students to go on stage. She did fine when her turn came around and the whole walk, get your paper, shake hands, exit, and return to her seat went smoothly. She even managed to find us in the crowd to wink and smile at us. 😛
By the way, I found out that, no matter how much experience you have making photos and videos at an event, it’s almost impossible to get footage at your own child’s graduation! After all, what parent can hold a camera or phone still while cheering and clapping as your kid graduates?!
Homeschool to High School College Program
My daughter graduating was a pretty big deal for all of us. As you know, I’ve had my daughter in homeschool for the first ten years of her school life. Though we did our best give her a well-rounded academic foundation, we weren’t sure how that would work out for her going to public school for her last two years of high school. Plus, this was a special program with college-level courses. Fortunately, Munchkin rose to the challenge of those dreaded group projects and had no problem maintaining two years of A’s in all her classes (except for one pesky “B” that made its way onto her transcript).
The program she was part of actually held the high school classes at the local community college. She was also required to take 3-4 college classes to fill up her schedule and meet her graduation requirements. Since she wasn’t sure what profession she wanted to pursue at first, Munchkin ended up taking all of her general education classes and a few classes that would count for a few different degrees. That worked out perfectly! She already has 2/3 of the credits she needs for an AA and only needs two more semesters to finish up. Plus, she knows what she wants to do now. It turns out that she really enjoys graphic design and hopes to work in that field in the near future.
Munchkin’s High School Graduation — Class of 2019
We’re so proud of our daughter and wish her the best from here on out! Congrats, Munchkin, on your 2019 high school graduation — you did it!