How do my children get a diploma?
It's all very simple!
First, according to Illinois law, a homeschool is a legal private school.
Secondly, a diploma is simply a paper that states that the student named has successfully completed the course of study prescribed by the school named. In verification of which fact the school officials sign the document.
So, for a homeschooler to receive a diploma it would be the same process as it is for any private school student.
a. The school officials (or, in this case, parents) determine what studies need to be accomplished during certain years.
b. Upon completion of those studies, the school officials (parents) write up a document that states that their student (child) has satisfactorily completed the course of study they have prescribed.
c. They sign the document, and Voila! there is a diploma!
You can create a diploma on your computer, or you can purchase a fancy one and just fill in the blanks. (I know Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) sells a diploma very inexpensively. There are various other places that sell them as well.)
One thing I will note; there is no need for a student to have a diploma! If a student is in need of a college education to persue God's call on his life, a diploma will become more neccessary.