HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION CEREMONY

High school graduation is a momentous occasion! Celebrate this great achievement with your family and friends at this ceremony, open to all privately homeschooled high school seniors.
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Graduation Ceremony

We are excited to host our Graduation Ceremony at CHEA’s Annual Homeschool Convention on Friday, May 10 at 7:15 p.m. Privately 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.

Graduation Registration closes Friday, April 5, 2024. All information must be received at [email protected] no later than Monday, April 8, 2024.

ABOUT THE CEREMOMY

High School Graduation

Friday, May 10, 2024

7:15 p.m. – 8:45 p.m.

Biola University’s Calvary Chapel
13800 Biola Ave.
La Mirada, California 90639

Graduation Ceremony Sponsored by The Master’s University

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

If your question is not answered below, please email [email protected].

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, 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 their parents are CHEA Members or not. However, there is a $20 discount for those who are CHEA Members, and we would certainly love to have you support CHEA through membership. If you want to join, you can do so when 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 5, 2024.

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?

Friday, May 10, 2024
7:15 p.m. – 8:45 p.m.
(Graduates must arrive no later than 5:00 p.m. for sign-in and rehearsal.)

Calvary Chapel on the Biola University campus
13800 Biola Ave.
La Mirada, CA 90639

6. How much does it cost?
Cost for the ceremony is $175 per graduating student. CHEA Members receive a discounted rate of $155 per student.
7. What’s included in the cost?
Event costs, such as the venue, formal ceremony, commencement speaker, program, photo montage, 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 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 2024 emblem and makes a nice keepsake.
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 elegant leis, corsages, or graduation stoles. Since this is a formal occasion, we do ask that the caps not be decorated and that distracting or overly embellished accessories not be worn during the ceremony. CHEA reserves the right to make the final call on what graduates may wear for the ceremony.

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 can then, on their own, create or order an official diploma for their own school (or get from their PSP) to put in the provided cover.

14. What is included in the program?

The 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 submit a 100 – 150 word essay, including any or all of the following: thanks to parents, thoughts on their homeschool experience, what their next steps are, etc., as well a favorite Bible verse (please 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. All information must be completed and submitted no later than April 8, 2024.

CHEA reserves the right to edit graduates responses and essays for any reason (i.e. length, content, clarity, grammar, etc.).

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, cleavage, or shirtless males. Please make sure photos are high resolution. All photos must be submitted no later than April 8, 2024.

Photos that do not comply with stated regulations will not be included. Families will be given the opportunity to submit a replacement photo, as long as time allows.

16. How many guests may graduates invite?

Each graduate is entitled to 15 tickets, by request. On the registration form, families will tell us how many tickets are needed. 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. All tickets will be available to be picked up when the graduate checks in on Friday at 5:00 p.m. 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 tickets; 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. All tickets will be available to be picked up when the graduate checks in on Friday at 5:00 p.m.

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 Friday. The Biola cafeteria will be open, as well.
20. Will guests be able to attend CHEA’s Annual Homeschool Convention?

While CHEA’s Parenting & Homeschool Conference is taking place at the same time, the High School Graduation Ceremony 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 5:00 p.m. for the graduation?
No. Check-in begins at 5:00 p.m., and no one will be available to check participants in until then.
22. What is the schedule of the day for graduates?
5:00 – 5:30 p.m. Check-in for all graduates
5:30 – 6:30 p.m. Mandatory rehearsal for all graduates and their parents
6:30 – 7:05 p.m. Graduation seating open to all guests who have tickets
7:05 – 7:15 p.m. Seating open to all Convention attendees
7:00 p.m. Line-up of graduates for processional
7:15 p.m. – 8:45 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 La Mirada, but they can be crowded on Friday 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.

We are looking forward to meeting you. Please let us know if you have any questions. You can reach our Graduation Coordinator at [email protected].