Graduating & Issuing a Diploma

Graduation Requirements

North Carolina does not have graduation requirements for homeschoolers. Like other private schools, homeschools may set their own graduation requirements. Public high schools in NC require a student to have a minimum of 20 or 21 or as high as 24 or 26 credits to graduate (depending on their track). When your student has met your graduation requirements, you may issue a diploma.

Graduation Ceremony

Some support groups organize graduation ceremonies, while some families prefer to plan their own personal service. NCHE hosts a statewide graduation ceremony in conjunction with the annual conference in Winston-Salem in May each year.


Each homeschool in the state of North Carolina is a private school and has the privilege of conferring a high school diploma on students who have successfully met the graduation requirements set by the homeschool. Families who are planning to issue diplomas should keep their homeschool open until their last student graduates. Families may design their own diploma or purchase ready-made or custom-made diplomas. NCHE does not confer diplomas or set graduation requirements. However, NCHE offers a beautiful, distinctive diploma for the homeschool to present to the graduating student. These beautiful diplomas are individualized with the name of the school, the student’s name and the date of graduation. They are enclosed in a hunter green diploma cover, bearing the NCHE logo in gold foil. Each diploma has the NCHE gold seal and the signature of the NCHE president, along with a place for the school administrator to sign.  Current membership is required to purchase an NCHE diploma. If you are not already a member, you can join or renew your membership with a donation of any amount. The diploma is available year-round.

Graduate Central

For more about all graduate offerings: graduation ceremony, diplomas, GREENHOUSE graduate magazine, and college scholarships, go to our Graduate Central. This page is usually active from mid fall to mid April.