Starting in 2014, Village Home created a ceremony to celebrate and honor students “graduating” from Village Home and entering the next chapter of their lives post “high school”. This ceremony is designed to give students and their families an opportunity to mark this milestone, to celebrate their time at Village Home, and to launch them with expressed community support.
Honorees are learners who have completed their “high school experience” and who are not attending Village Home in the upcoming fall in any capacity. If your learner plans to stay active in a more limited way in Village Home, or plans to complete their high school experience elsewhere, please wait until your learner is planning to move on from all involvement with Village Home as a learner, and/or is finished with their high school chapter.
In the spirit of Village Home, we want the learners to be able to put their personal “stamp” on this moment, so we encourage the honorees to deliver a brief statement to address their family and the audience. Their statements include highlights of their time at Village Home, as well as things they have learned so far. We recommend that the students include an expression of thanks to their family. A planning form is included for them to plan their remarks if they want to use it.
Each Honoree receives a commemorative completion certificate and a VH lapel pin. Learners have the option to wear a graduation “stole” and cord at the ceremony.