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20150718_184152For high school seniors who are homeschooled in the greater Los Angeles area, the experience of walking across the stage, receiving a diploma, and celebrating with other students is an important rite of passage.

For the second year in a row, Providence Christian College is joining the Christian Home Educators Association (CHEA) of California at their annual conference in Pasadena in July to offer that experience to homeschool students who are graduating from high school.

On Saturday, July 9 at 5 p.m. at the Pasadena Convention Center, graduating high school seniors from throughout the Greater Los Angeles area will wear traditional cap and gown and beam with pride as their parents and family members help them celebrate their achievement.

“We are honored to be able to sponsor this ceremony and share this experience with these deserving students and their proud families,” said Providence Christian College President Dr. Jim Belcher. “They have all worked hard for this day and it is time to honor and reward their efforts. My wife and I homeschooled our own children and know how important it is to celebrate this important milestone collectively.” 

Providence Christian College has long recognized and valued the educational experience of homeschooled students. Typically 25-30% of the campus student 20150717_113248body comes from a homeschooled background. Last year Providence added a Homeschool Scholarship opportunity for applicants to reward homeschooled students up to $5,000 of their tuition each year.

At this year’s graduation ceremony, Providence Professor of History and Humanities, Dr. Ryan McIlhenny, will give the invocation and prayer. Dr. McIlhenny and his wife Becky homeschool their three sons ages 10, 9 and 6.

For more information on the 2016 CHEA High school Graduation, visit