Monday, April 11, 2016

Homeschool Diploma (Schoolhouse Review)

Exclusive High School Diploma Review
Homeschooling has come a long way over the past generation. Not only do we have access to hundreds of options for math, science and so on,  products such as diplomas are now available to honor the hard work that our students have invested in their education. I just ordered a Exclusive High School Diploma from HomeschoolDiploma.com and am very impressed. (No, Emily isn’t graduating until 2018—we just ordered her diploma early because of this review opportunity!)
My older three children graduated from public high school. Their diplomas are nice, but are probably just like every other public high school diploma. On the other hand, I had many options while ordering this diploma, with prices ranging from $29.99 for a standard diploma to $51.97 for a gilded diploma. The standard diploma offers the typical wording and a nice cover with few options for customizing. It’s perfectly acceptable and appears similar to most school diplomas.

I loved the old-fashioned look  of the Vintage Diploma. Ultimately, we didn’t choose this design because it only offered one wording option, but it is really pretty.
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The Personalized and Exclusive Diplomas offer 4 different wording choices, the option to add a imageverse or motto, and the ability to make a minor change or two to the signature lines or the wording. There are several seals to choose from—gold seals for the Personalized High School Diploma and engraved for the Exclusive High School Diploma.
We ordered the Exclusive High School Diploma and found the ordering process to be quite easy. We proceeded through the various options, choosing a seal, entering personal information, choosing our preferred wording from 4 major options with several variation of each, and choosing a cover. I could have chosen to add an honors seal. I didn’t because at this point (2 years until graduation), I don’t know what level of honors Emily will qualify for. I did request a change of the word “diploma” to “honors diploma,” though, since she is doing a rigorous college prep selection of classes and I wanted the diploma to reflect that just as my older children’s public school diplomas said “Advanced Diploma.”
I was shocked at how quickly the diploma arrived. I ordered it on Sunday and it was at my door on Thursday. Very impressive for a personalized product! We were very happy with the diploma as well. It is truly beautiful—much nicer than my other children’s standard diplomas. I loved the option to choose the wording, “With thanks to God and in acknowledgement of His enabling grace, we joyfully present…. We added “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom and the knowledge of the holy is understanding. Prov. 9:10” to the bottom to acknowledge our belief that all wisdom ultimately comes from God, and our commitment to honor Him in our school.
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We chose this engraved “Christian Education” seal for Emily’s diploma.
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Emily wanted a black cover because it looked more “official”! We were able to choose from several designs and colors for the cover and could have chosen to add her name on the cover for a small additional charge.
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 HomeschoolDiploma.com’s selection is not limited to diplomas. They also sell graduation announcements, thank-you cards, caps and gowns, class rings and more. One stop shopping for graduation! There are even supplies and diplomas for kindergarten and eighth grade graduations.
I received a few samples of the announcements. They are very nice—classy, but more individualized than the typical school announcement. HomeschoolDiploma.com offers photo announcements as well. We plan to return to the site to shop when we are planning Emily’s graduation in two years.
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Exclusive High School Diploma Review
I received this product free in exchange for my honest review.

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