Graduation Ceremony 2024 for K, 8th, 12th

Welcome to Faithful Scholar’s 2024 Graduation Ceremony to be held at the fabulous and fun Hagood Mills Historic Site in Pickens, SC!!

Ceremony is open to all home school K, 8th, and senior graduates regardless of membership with Faithful Scholars or SC residency.


  • WHAT:  A FUN out-of-the-box graduation ceremony! See above for what is included per level.
    • Open to ALL graduates regardless of Faithful Scholar’s membership/SC residency
  • WHEN:  May 11, 2024
  • TIME:  Staggered late morning and late afternoon/evening   -times to be announce
  • WHERE:  Hagood Mill Historic Site (Pavilion), Pickens, SC
    • Reduced rates for on site RV, tenting, or hammocking (reserve directly with Hagood Mills)
    • Amazing on site Disc Golf course
  • OTHER: Dedicated private Face Book page, Faithful Scholars Graduation
    • Streamed ceremony for those unable to attend
    • Dedicated email
    • Coffee & snacks available for purchase
    • Food truck on site for meal purchase before/during/after 8th and senior ceremony
    • Camping on site for incredible prices as well as many other nearby campgrounds
    • HeartRidge Retreat & Cultural Center for a wonderful family based AirBnB
    • Families/graduates/siblings/friends will have an option to join a Hagood Mills field trip
      • additional fees apply $10-$15/student (siblings welcome)
      • parent/chaperones free of charge
      • must have a minimum of 10 paid participants

Each graduate can now choose to order their student’s preferred color of cap and gown; or choose to wear church casual (nothing revealing or a long sweater may be provided).  Baseball caps work well as tassel holders! Feel free to decorate your caps!

Hagood Mill is located on Hagood Branch, earlier known as Jennings Creek, a tributary of the Twelve Mile River. Although mills had existed on the site as early as the 1790s, the current mill was built in 1845 by James Hagood and it remained in the Hagood family and continued to operate until 1966. During the historic period the mill and the neighboring store were a gathering place for county residents.

The mill and surrounding property were donated to the Pickens County Museum in 1973. The water wheel and mechanical components of the mill were rebuilt in the mid-1970s using much of the surviving fabric, and they were restored again by local historians and volunteers and are in full operation today. Check out their 3rd Saturday offerings!

We look forward to celebrating you and your student’s accomplishments while choosing the ‘Road Less Traveled’, digging deep, AND SUCCEEDING!!!  Studies are showing the most successful and happy adults were raised in parent oriented settings.