Our younger son graduated from high school on May 31, 2014. Our homeschooling journey is at an end. No more perusing catalogues to see what educational supplies are available. No more buying curriculum each year. No more daily plan books with scope and sequence. Then why do I find myself weeping a little every now and then? Are they tears of joy, or are they tears of sadness? Probably a mixture of both. Here is his graduation biography with a few additions for clarification.
Jeremy Peter Walker is the son of Wayne and Karen Walker. He was born on March 21, 1996, in Akron, OH. His older brother is Mark. Both Mark and Jeremy were homeschooled from the beginning all the way through high school. In 2002, the Walkers moved from Dayton, OH, to Affton, MO, and were associated with the St. Louis Homeschool Activities, Resources, and Encouragement (or SHARE) homeschool support group. They then moved to Salem, IL, in 2008, but have returned for SHARE graduations when Mark graduated from high school in 2009 and Jeremy from eighth grade in 2010.
In school, Jeremy’s favorite subjects have been science and history. His hobbies include video games and playing baseball, as with Coach Randy Till’s Redbird Rookies in St. Louis, or softball, as with the Salem Homeschool Group. He is an active member of the Elm Grove Church of Christ at Iuka, IL, where his dad preaches. In addition, he has enjoyed volunteering at the Greater St. Louis Area Home Educators Expo and helping out with local Tea Party events. He has already been accepted at Florida College in Temple Terrace, FL, outside of Tampa, and hopes to become a veterinarian. His favorite verse of Scripture is “And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” –John 8:32
Note: This is the substance of the opening prayer that I led at the graduation ceremony. It is still my prayer for Jeremy and for each of the other graduates.
Dear Lord, we thank You for all the wonderful blessings from Your bountiful hand. Especially at times such as this we’re grateful for our homes and families. And most of, on this happy occasion we thank You for these young people, our children, for the hard work which they have put forth, and for the accomplishments which they have achieved. As they celebrate their graduation from high school and the commencement of the next phase in their lives, whether it be future education, jobs, or the military, and in the establishment of their own homes and families, we pray that You would bless them, protect them, guide them, and help them in all they do to honor and glorify Your name. Be with us in our activities this day. In Jesus’ name, Amen.