Registration is now open.
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1. Who can participate?
All privately homeschooled graduating seniors are invited to participate. CHEA has always supported the right of parents to have 100% authority and responsibility over their children’s education. Thus, we leave the decision on readiness for high school graduation in the parents’ hands. CHEA’s graduation ceremony is just that: a ceremony. It is not an endorsement or approval of any school or student. We are simply joining with you and your family to provide a formal graduation event to celebrate an achievement that your parents believe you have reached. If you’re graduating this year, then you are invited to join us.
2. Do I have to be a CHEA Member to participate?
No, the graduation is open to all privately homeschooled graduating seniors whether they are CHEA Members or not. However, there is a $15 discount for those who are CHEA Members and we’d certainly love to have you support CHEA through Membership. If you want to join, you can do so at the same time that you register for the graduation.
3. What is required to participate?
Your parents’ consent is required. After all, they are the ones who are conferring this honor upon you. Of course, registration, including payment of the registration fee is also required. Finally, you’ll need to fill out and return the registration form and your registration fee no later than April 15, 2016.
4. What if I’m not from California?
We don’t require residency in any particular state in order to participate. Whether you have met your state’s requirements for graduation is an issue your parents are responsible to determine.
5. When and where is the graduation?
Saturday, July 9, 2016
5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
(graduates must arrive no later than 2:30 p.m. for sign-in and rehearsal.)
Pasadena Convention Center
300 East Green Street
Pasadena, California 91101
6. How much does it cost?
Cost is $149.00 per graduating student for CHEA Members, and $164 per student for non-CHEA Members. Registration is now closed.
7. What’s included in the cost?
Of course, the event costs, such as the beautiful setting, commencement speaker, program, etc. are all included in your registration fee. Additionally, the following items are included:
- Cap and gown
- 2016 Commemorative Tassel
- Personalized Diploma, including diploma cover
8. Can you tell me more about the cap and gown?
The caps and gowns will be ordered when you register. Caps and gowns are white for women and blue for men. The length of the gown falls between the knee and the ankle. Ladies usually wear a light-colored dress under their gowns, but nice pants are acceptable if you prefer. Because the gowns are white, dark colors and bold prints will show through. Men should wear a dress shirt, tie, and nice slacks. The cap and gown will be mailed to you before the ceremony so that you can hang it to release any wrinkles. You should bring it to the graduation on a hanger.
9. What about the tassel?
The tassel has a 2016 emblem and makes a nice keepsake.
10. Will Honor Cords or similar award designations be available?
We are choosing to focus on the graduation and milestone each graduate has achieved without special awards and without recognition for academic GPAs. We at CHEA are proud of the accomplishments of each graduate and we are confident that all of us agree that the spiritual and character growth of the students is the most significant accomplishment when compared to whether a student got the highest grades. That is not to say that academic achievement does not matter, and for those of our graduates who stand out academically, we are very proud of you and what you have achieved in this area. However, opening the door to special acknowledgement of honors standing academically also raises the question of whether other awards should be recognized, some of which we believe are even more noteworthy. We made the decision to honor each student for graduation from high school, and not to present any other awards or recognitions at the graduation ceremony.
Thus, we do not allow decorations of graduation attire at all for the ceremony, and this includes honors cords.
11. What is the diploma like, and is it official?
We will be using personalized diplomas created and sold by the Home School Legal Defense Association. They are high quality parchment diplomas in beautiful covers. You will provide your name and other information for the diploma when you register for the graduation.
The diploma is not issued by the State of California, CHEA of California, nor by HSLDA. It is not a sign of approval, endorsement, or verification by any government official. If your parents operate their own private school, the diploma may include the name of your school. If you belong to another school, you should ask your school for permission to include the school name on the diploma. Otherwise, you may list your parents’ names as the issuing authority of the diploma.
12. May I supply my own cap and gown, or diploma?
Our desire is to provide beautiful and formal event, to keep costs as reasonable as possible, and to keep the event manageable as well. Toward this end, we will be ordering caps, gown, and diplomas for all students.
13. What is included in the Program?
A graduation program will include the name and a biography of each student. You can see a prior year’s program by clicking here. Additionally, we will be showing slides of the graduates during seating and during the processional. You may want to start browsing through your family photos now to select a few to be included. Details for how and where to send your photos will be sent to all graduation participants.
14. How many guests may I invite?
Each graduate is entitled to 10 tickets, by request. On your registration form, you will tell how many tickets you need. If the number is 10 or less, we will send the number of tickets you request prior to the event. If you need more than 10 tickets, we will try our best to accommodate your request, but this will depend on the total number of tickets requested by all participants. Requests for more than 10 tickets will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis, based upon the date we receive your registration.
Please note that the event will be open to all CHEA Convention attendees, but priority seating will be available to your guests with tickets.
15. Do my parents and I need tickets?
Graduating seniors don’t need tickets, however, parents and other guests do. Again, if 10 tickets will not be enough for your family and friends who would like to celebrate with you by attending the ceremony, register early and request the number of tickets that you need.
16. What will my guests do while I’m rehearsing?
Your graduation guests are welcome to browse in the Exhibit Hall at CHEA’s Annual Homeschool Convention on Saturday. There are also many shops and places to eat within walking distance of the Pasadena Convention Center.
17. Will my guests be able to attend CHEA’s Annual Homeschool Convention?
While the convention is taking place at the same time, the graduation is a separate event. Other than the opportunity to browse in the Exhibit Hall, a separate registration will be required to attend any other part of the convention.
18. Can I check in earlier than 2:30 p.m. for the graduation?
No. Check in starts at 2:30 and no one will be available to check you in until then. However, if you will be arriving earlier to attend the Convention, you may hang your robe at the check-in location.
19. What is the schedule of the day for graduates?
|2:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
||Check in for all graduates in Ballroom I ("eye," not "one")
|3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
||Mandatory rehearsal for all graduates and their parents
|4:30 p.m. – 4:50 p.m.
||Graduation seating open to all guests who have tickets
|4:50 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
||Seating open to all Convention attendees
||Line up of graduates for processional
|5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
||Graduation Ceremony (Ballroom GH)
20. Will there be graduation announcements?
Graduation announcements are a nice way to let your friends and relatives share in your special accomplishment. However, we have found that it is more cost effective for students to order their own announcement cards. There are numerous websites available from which you can order announcements, or you can design your own.
21. Are there good places nearby for a celebration dinner after the graduation?
There are many great restaurants in Pasadena, but they can be crowded on Saturday night. We suggest that if you plan to have dinner with your guests after the ceremony, you make reservations in advance. You can find a list of nearby restaurants here: http://visitpasadena.com. Click "Discover," then "Eat."