Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Standard Diploma by Homeschool Diploma -- my REVIEW

I'm really quite shocked that my oldest child is finishing up twelfth grade this year. It seems unreal.  She is almost finished with her academic work (5 weeks left!) and is getting a lot of questions about graduation--like, "What do homeschoolers do for graduation?" "Are you having a graduation ceremony?" "Where will you graduate?" and so on.  We are not a part of a homeschool group, so there is no option for a "group" graduation and we did not opt for a solo graduation ceremony--instead what we're going to do is just have a big party with tons of friends and family (sounds fun, right?!!)  SO obviously we're not going the traditional graduation route :)

People do ask about things like this, and others, such as, "How will she get a diploma?" "Where does her diploma come from?" "Who gives you a transcript?" "Will colleges accept her diploma?" and such.  Some of those questions are easy answers, such as...colleges don't want to see her diploma, they want a transcript.  Who makes the transcript? The parent does.  SO what about a diploma?  Although we go the non-traditional route often (ummm, homeschooling, yeah...) and the pragmatist in me thinks, well, I never have done anything at all with my high school diploma other than leave it in a file for the past 30 years, there is something nice and formal about having a diploma, so we decided to have one made for her.  About this time I was given the opportunity to review the Standard Diploma produced by Homeschool Diploma company and I am SO GLAD that we were introduced to this company!

(this is a sample from their website)

When you enter the site for Homeschool Diploma, you will see that they offer all sorts of products for homeschoolers wishing to recognize different accomplishments--diplomas, caps and gowns, class rings, tassels, honors cords, announcements, and other Class of XX gifts!  I was interested in the diploma, so I jumped over to the standard diploma page, where it began by asking if I wanted an 8.5"x11" or a 6"x8"

After your choice of size is made, it is a simple matter of walking through all the choices which are presented to you one at a time, each option you choose is very easy and quick to specify.(what seal do you want?  student's name, the school name, city/state (or short school motto), a verification of your authority to issue a diploma (basically you signing a verification), the date of graduation, the type paper you'd like, honors designations (seals). )  
Each option is explained and illustrated AND easy to choose.

Then you get to choose amongst a large variety of diploma covers (styles as well as colors) 

You can choose the cover text as well!

After this there are other options of "extras" you can order-- things such as a laminated wallet-sized copy of your diploma, a second archive copy of the diploma, and more!

Seriously, this process is SO quick, easy, and painless!  It just walks you through step by step, decision by decision until you have your final product designed!  You don't actually see the final product, but when you are ready to add it to the cart you can view all the options you have chosen to kind of final check them.  You will also be given an expected date to receive the diploma (so fast!) but if you need it faster there is an option to "rush" it as well.

We were so pleased to receive my daughter's diploma so quickly through the mail!  It is gorgeous, very professional, and contains all of the elements we wanted!  Want to see?? (I have blocked out her name and identifying things because that's just the privacy I want on the blog!)

The diploma arrived in a priority envelope, with the actual diploma sealed
in a zip-top plastic bag which can aid in keeping it nice in storage!
And here it is!! It looks lovely!
The outside of the cover is very nice with her name on the lower right
and the inner cover has a taffeta-finish, which completes the
professional look.
We chose the "lamp" seal and the high honors seal.  You can see on here the signature
lines for administrator and instructor.
There is also an informational card included which details the signing of the diploma.
We also went ahead and ordered the archive copy (extra copy), which arrives
in a glassine envelope for safe keeping.

What do you think? All in all, it was a WONDERFUL experience!  I highly recommend Homeschool Diploma  company for diplomas for homeschoolers as well as for traditional or non-traditional schools! (yes, they have options for non-homeschoolers too!)  It was SO easy to order, the product is high quality, and I am very pleased.  The only thing I wished for was to be able to see a mock-up of the product before I placed the order, but other than that, it was a super ordering experience!

I had mentioned that they have other products as well...if your student is graduating with a ceremony, you might want to check out their caps and gowns and honors cords, etc!  They even have products for kindergarten graduations (little caps and gowns!), products for 8th grade graduations (diplomas specially for junior highschoolers) and more!

To see more reviews of the standard diploma as well as some of the other products Homeschool Diploma offers for not only high school graduation, but also eighth grade graduations and kindergarten graduations, please click on the link below!

Kindergarten Graduation and Junior High Diploma for your Homeschool  {Homeschool Diploma Reviews}

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