The Graduation Ceremony Package is a way to have homeschool administrators (the parents) participate with a graduate (the son or daughter) in the NCHE graduation ceremony.

NCHE membership is required to participate in the graduation ceremony. If you are not currently a member, click here to join or renew your membership. If you are already logged in, click the button below, to check your membership status.

The Package includes:

  • Standardized NCHE green gown and mortarboard hat with gold and green tassel for the graduate to wear in the ceremony (required for ceremony participation)
  • Commencement address
  • Diploma
  • Stage time in the ceremony for home educator(s) to award graduate diploma
  • One rose for the graduate to award his or her educator(s), an NCHE graduation tradition

DiplomaGreduation Diploma Cover

This is a diploma issued by your school for your student. It is prepared by NCHE, and in addition, it is signed by the NCHE president.

NCHE prints a distinctive homeschool diploma enclosed in a hunter green cover. This diploma includes the student’s name, school name, and graduation date. The homeschool chief administrator will be responsible for signing the diploma to certify that the student has completed high school. Students who are participating in the NCHE graduation ceremony will be awarded the diploma by their parents.

Honor Graduation Honor CordCord

If your senior is graduating with a 3.75 GPA or higher, or you want to recognize your senior for outstanding work, you can commemorate this achievement with an optional gold honor cord to be worn during the graduation ceremony. It will be mailed to you with the cap and gown.

NOTE: The graduate’s attire must be the NCHE hunter green gown and cap with gold and green tassel (purchased in the grad package). A cap and gown from a previous NCHE graduate may NOT be used. Failure to comply with the dress code forfeits ceremony participation.  With the exception of the NCHE Honor cord, graduation accessories are not allowed unless they are pre-approved. Ceremony participants will receive their cap and gown by mail two to three weeks prior to the ceremony. Additional information will be emailed.

PRICE: $230. An honor cord increases the price by $15.00.

After March 2, 2023, the price increases to $305, and applicants will be accepted as space allows. No registrations will be accepted after April 20, 2023.

Note: Homeschools may provide their own honor cords with approval. Email a picture of the honor cord to for approval.

For more information about the graduation ceremony, click here.

GREENHOUSE Graduate Issue Note: You are invited to submit a graduate bio and head shot and/or a special ad about your graduate in the GREENHOUSE Graduate Issue. You may order a bio/head shot and a special ad in the form below, or you can wait and order them in separate forms in Graduate Central. The deadline for ordering is March 10, 2023.

Please log in to your NCHE account to access the application form.If you have difficulty logging in, please call (704) 661-6299.

Refund policy: There will be no refunds after March 2, 2023. NCHE will refund 80% of the fees paid for the Graduation Ceremony Package when refund requests are emailed to by March 2, 2023. There are no refunds for GREENHOUSE special graduate issue orders.