Sponsored by Simpson University
We are excited to host our Graduation Ceremony at the 2022 Annual Homeschool Convention on Saturday, May 21 at 3:00 p.m. Homeschooled students have the opportunity to participate in a traditional graduation ceremony – with all the pomp and circumstance – as family and friends celebrate your big accomplishment.
Did you miss your graduation due to the circumstances of the last two years? We invite 2020 and 2021 graduates to join us this year, as well.
Graduation Registration closes April 25, 2022.
ABOUT THE CEREMONY
High School Graduation
Saturday, May 21, 2022
3:00 – 4:30 p.m.
Anaheim Convention Center
800 W. Katella Ave.
Anaheim, California 92802
Nathan Pierce, Family Protection Ministries
Nathan began working at Family Protection Ministries (FPM) in 2002 to protect private homeschooling in California. He was homeschooled himself from kindergarten through high school and received a B.A. in Political Studies from The Master’s College. Currently he serves as Director and Legislative Liaison for FPM. He works behind the scenes at the State Capitol, meeting with legislators to advocate on behalf of homeschoolers. He and his wife Betsy were married in 2004 and now have eight children. They are actively involved in their church and homeschool their own children.
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 families to provide a formal graduation event to celebrate an achievement that parents believe a student has reached. If you are graduating or have a student who is graduating this year (or graduated in 2021 or 2020 but didn’t get to have a ceremony), then you are invited to join us.
2. Do graduates’ families have to be CHEA members to participate?
No, the graduation is open to all privately homeschooled graduating seniors whether they are CHEA Members or not. However, there is a $25 discount for those who are CHEA Members, and we would certainly love to have you support CHEA through Membership. If you want to becomea a CHEA Member, you can do so at the same time that you register for graduation.
3. What is required to participate?
A parent’s consent is required as they are the ones who are conferring this honor. Participants will need to complete Graduation registration, which includes the registration fee, no later than April 25, 2022.
4. What if a graduate does not live in California?
We don’t require residency in any particular state in order to participate. Whether a graduate has met his/her state’s requirements for graduation is an issue parents are responsible to determine.
5. When and where is the graduation?
Saturday, May 21, 2022 at 3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. (Graduates must arrive no later than 1:00 p.m. for check-in and rehearsal.)
Anaheim Convention Center – 800 W. Katella Ave. Anaheim, California 92802
6. How much does it cost?
Cost for the ceremony is $175 per graduating student. CHEA Members receive a discounted rate of $150 per student.
7. What’s included in the cost?
Event costs, such as the venue, formal ceremony, commencement speaker, program, photo montage, and cap, gown, tassel, and diploma cover, are all included in the registration fee.
8. Can you tell me more about the cap and gown?
Caps and gowns are a dark blue for all graduates. The length of the gown falls between the knee and the ankle. Graduates will receive their cap and gown at the rehearsal prior to the ceremony. The cap and gown may be kept by graduates after the ceremony.
9. May families supply their own cap and gown?
Our desire is to provide a beautiful and formal event. We strive to keep costs as reasonable as possible, and to keep the event manageable as well. Toward this end, graduates must use the cap and gown provided.
10. What should I wear under my gown?
Ladies usually wear a dress under their gowns, but nice pants and a blouse are also acceptable. Men should wear a dress shirt, tie, and nice slacks. Please no jeans, shorts, or flip-flops.
11. What about the tassel?
The tassel has a 2022 emblem and makes a nice keepsake. (If you graduated from a previous year, there will be an option during registration to select a 2020 or 2021 emblem, as applicable.)
12. Will Honor Cords or similar award designations be available?
While CHEA does not bestow honor cords, graduates are allowed to wear these, as well as any other honor recognition they would like. While we will not be verbally recognizing these accomplishments, you may provide this information for your graduate’s page in the program. Graduates may also wear leis, corsages, or sashes (i.e., if a student earned a sash in karate and wanted to wear it, this would be allowed). Since this is a formal occasion, we do ask that the caps not be decorated.
13. What about a diploma?
Since CHEA is not a school, we do not issue diplomas. We will be presenting congratulatory certificates in a diploma cover. Parents may create an official diploma for their own school (or get one from their PSP) to place in the provided cover.
14. What is included in the program?
A graduation program will include the full name, photo of, favorite/life Bible verse, and information about each student. Participants will provide one portrait photo in high quality digital jpg format. Details for how and where to send photos will be sent to all graduation participants after they register. Each student will be able to write a 100 – 150 word essay (include any or all of the following: thanks to parents, your experiences homeschooling, your next steps, etc.) as well as their favorite Bible verse (include Bible version). We will also provide questions for the graduate to answer that will be used in preparing the personal page in the program.
15. Will there be a photo montage slideshow?
Yes. Each student will provide four photos for inclusion in the slideshow:
- A recent head-and-shoulders portrait of the student
- Hobby photo – a picture of the student doing something they love (i.e. dance, sports, music, robotics, scouts, etc.)
- Baby photo – younger than two years old; please no naked baby photos
- Family photo – student with family
When selecting photos, please make sure all subjects are modestly clothed, i.e., no swimwear or shirtless males. Please make sure photos are at least 300 DPI.
16. How many guests may graduates invite?
Each graduate is entitled to up to 15 tickets, by request. On the registration form, families will tell us how many tickets are needed. If the number is 15 or less, we will send the number of tickets requested prior to the event. If graduates need more than 15 tickets, we will try our best to accommodate the request, but this will depend on the total number of tickets requested by all participants. Requests for more than 15 tickets will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis, based upon the date we receive registration. Please note that the event will be open to all CHEA Convention attendees, but priority seating will be available to guests with tickets.
17. Do parents and graduates need tickets?
Graduating seniors do not need a ticket; however, parents and other guests do. Again, if 15 tickets will not be enough for a graduate’s family and friends who would like to celebrate with them by attending the ceremony, register early and request the number of tickets that you need.
18. Is there a dress code for parents or guests?
This is a formal ceremony, and parents will be on stage to confer the certificate. We ask they abide by these suggested dress code guidelines:
- Ladies should wear a dress or nice pants and a blouse.
- Men should wear a dress shirt, tie, and nice slacks.
- Please no jeans, shorts, or flip-flops.
19. What will guests do during graduation rehearsal?
Graduation guests are welcome to browse in the Exhibit Hall at CHEA’s Annual Homeschool Convention on Saturday. There are also many shops and restaurants within walking distance of the Anaheim Convention Center.
20. Will guests be able to attend CHEA’s Annual Homeschool Convention?
While the convention is taking place at the same time, 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.
21. Can graduates check in earlier than 1:00 p.m. for the graduation?
No. Check-in begins at 1:00 p.m. and no one will be available to check participants in until then.
22. What is the schedule of the day for graduates?
|1:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.||Check-in for all graduates|
|1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.||Mandatory rehearsal for all graduates and their parents|
|2:30 p.m. – 2:50 p.m.||Graduation seating open to all guests who have tickets|
|2:50 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.||Seating open to all Convention attendees|
|2:50 p.m.||Line-up of graduates for processional|
|3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.||Graduation Ceremony|
23. Will there be graduation announcements?
Graduation announcements are a nice way to let friends and relatives share in the graduate’s 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 families can order announcements, or they can design their own.
24. Are there good places nearby for a celebration dinner after the ceremony?
There are many great restaurants in Anaheim, but they can be crowded on Saturday night. We suggest that if graduates plan to have dinner with guests after the ceremony, reservations be made in advance. A list of nearby restaurants is available here: visitanaheim.org.