Homeschool Iowa Graduation


May 6, 2023

Nettleton Center
Faith Baptist Bible College
1900 NW 4th Street, Ankeny, Iowa





Enjoy this slide show of photos from a previous Graduation service.

2022 Graduation Speaker

Jon Dunwell, 2023 Homeschool Iowa Graduation Speaker


Jon Dunwell is a member of the Iowa House, a businessman and a leadership coach from Newton, IA.  He has spent his career helping others achieve their goals and reach their potential.

Jon was raised in Shakopee, Minnesota where he felt a strong call for service. After graduating from Lutheran High School and Crown College, he married Christie Lauterbach, from Newton, in 1990 and moved to Orlando, FL where Jon pastored Westwood Church for 21 years.

In 2011, Jon and his family moved back to Christie’s hometown Newton, IA.  Over the last 11 years Jon has worked as a Vice President in the financial services business, being part of teams that have raised over $4 billion in investment capital for real estate and private equity investments and started his own financial practice, Legacy Park Wealth.  His sojourn into the business community was a purposeful career move to expand his experience beyond the world of non-profit, better preparing him for his future as an executive coach for businesses, non-profits, and churches.  “Healthy leaders, teams, lives….and communities” is the tagline that best describes Jon’s work and passion.

In 2021 and 2022, Jon was elected to the Iowa House (Jasper County District 38).  Most recently Jon was also elected by his fellow House members to serve as Assistant Majority Leader.

Please note these important details about our graduation:

  • Homeschool Iowa does not certify the diplomas awarded., but does provide a beautiful graduation ceremony to commemorate this momentous event.

  • A printed diploma with case, graduation gown, cap, and tassel are part of the ceremony, and these items are ordered directly from our supplier, using a link provided in our graduation registration.

  • Graduates may wear cap &/or gowns from previous Homeschool Iowa Graduation services. 

  • The service is designed to allow each graduate to receive from his/her parents a provided diploma while our narrators read special comments submitted by the graduate's parents.

The Homeschool Iowa graduation ceremonies are open to all families with a current calendar year Homeschool Iowa membership who adhere to our participation guidelines.

The Homeschool Iowa Board reserves the right to accept or reject any applicant for participation.

2023 Homeschool Iowa  Graduation PARTICIPANTS Must:

  • Be a child of a parent or parents with a 2023 calendar year Homeschool Iowa membership.

  • Verify that the participant has been homeschooled for at least the 2022/23 school year.

  • Confirm that the participant believes in Christ for his/her salvation or has received Christian training,

  • Affirm that the participant and family/friends attending agree to respect & honor the ceremony's Christian emphasis.

  • Complete the 2023 Graduation participation form and graduation supply order form with payment by the registration deadline.

  • Submit additional program and ceremony items as requested by the graduation committee.

  • Agree to attend the graduation rehearsal on the day of the graduation service.
  • Agree to adhere to outlined appearance and deportment standards

Graduation Registration is Open!

Please note that photos will be taken and a video will be recorded at the Homeschool Iowa Graduation. Homeschool Iowa reserves the right to use any photograph/video taken at any event sponsored by Homeschool Iowa, without the expressed permission of those included within the photograph/video. Homeschool Iowa does not provide compensation or royalties in conjunction with publication or use of these images and videos. Homeschool Iowa does not offer the opportunity to inspect or approve the use of an image or video prior to our publication of any photo, video, or audio recording taken by Homeschool Iowa or those designated by Homeschool Iowa to do so. .Homeschool Iowa may use the photograph/video in publication or other media material produced, used, or contracted by Homeschool Iowa, including, but not limited to: brochures, invitations, books, newspapers, magazines, television, websites, etc. Please email us at [email protected] with any questions or concerns.

Questions about our 2023 Graduation?