Ceremony

For those attending the graduation ceremony, special instructions are posted below. Please be sure to confirm with the office of your intention to attend the ceremony before April 15th.

GRADUATION CEREMONY ARRANGEMENTS

Date and Time:
May 15, 2017 6:30 PM

Location:
Christ Covenant Presbyterian Church
1310 St. Joeseph Dr NW
Cullman, AL

PLEASE DO NOT CONTACT CHRIST COVENANT CHURCH REGARDING DETAILS OF THIS EVENT

Ceremony Rehearsal (attendance is optional)

May 12, 2017 6:30 PM Meet at Christ Covenant

We will review the Ceremony Procedure, parent participation, diploma presentations, answer any questions, and familiarize families with the facility. NOTE: This information will be reviewed in detail the hour prior to the ceremony.

NOTE: Not all posts below have been updated for 2017.

2017 CAP AND GOWN ORDER
There are many websites through which you may order your caps and gowns.
It is important to order these a minimum of two weeks in advance of the ceremony. I recommend ordering them no later than the end of April.

The primary requirement is that the Cap and Gown be Royal Blue in color and the tassle is gold.

The following is just one source to review. I found this source comparable to what we paid last year but with the added convenience of online ordering and reasonable shipping cost.

Graduation Source – Online Retail

2017 DIPLOMA PACKAGE FEE
A Diploma Package which consists of a Diploma Case, Certificate of Graduation, and a signed copy of the Graduate’s Official Transcript. This package is $30 if you do not attend the ceremony. For those attending the ceremony the fee is $40.

Graduation Ceremony PROGRAM BULLETIN
2017 Ceremony Bulletin

2017 GRADUATION PREPARATIONS LETTER TO ALL PARENTS
2017 Graduation Prep Letter

2017 CEREMONY POWERPOINT PRESENTATION

A PowerPoint Presentation of the graduates is being prepared for the ceremony. Your input on this is needed before the end of April. Be sure to include the following information with your pictures:

Child’s full name,
Nickname, if any
Date of Birth
Parent’s names

Provide 3-5 pictures of the graduate. Pictures should include at least one baby picture and one senior picture. Pictures e-mailed must be in JPEG format. E-Mail pictures to:

jackiewalker051@gmail.com

OR mail them to:

Jackie Walker
3210 Rita Lane
Huntsville, AL 35810

Mailed pictures will be returned if a self-addressed stamped envelope is included for that purpose.

If for whatever reason we do not receive pictures of your graduate, your graduates name will be decoratively displayed during the presentation.

GRADUATION ANNOUNCEMENTS
The following PDF documents have test printed at our office, however, your printer may produce different results when printing. There are 3 versions of this invitation in order to accommodate those who are attending the Way Home ceremony and those who are not.

WAY HOME LOGO THAT MAY BE USED TO ADD TO AN INVITATION YOU MAKE ON YOUR OWN

2017 WAY HOME CEREMONY ANNOUNCEMENT AND INVITATION

2017 PERSONAL CEREMONY ANNOUNCEMENT AND INVITATION

2017 GRADUATE ANNOUNCEMENT ONLY

2017 CEREMONY PROCEDURE INSTRUCTIONS

PARENT INSTRUCTIONS

GRADUATE INSTRUCTIONS

CEREMONY RECEPTION

Should you and your guests like to stay afterwards, a reception will be held immediately following the ceremony in the lobby area of the church. If you are attending the reception please email Jackie with a head count in your party. We ask that you bring a generous amount of finger foods and drinks to share. Please contact Jackie Walker at jackiewalker051@gmail.com with any questions regarding the reception.

GRADUATE AND GRADUATION PICTURES

Arrangements are being considered for photography of the ceremony. Pricing details are being worked out and will be announced once details have been formalized. An order form will be provided at the ceremony for any arrangements that have been made.

GRADUATE MEMORABILIA TABLE

Table space Will be available in the reception area for your graduate to display pictures and memorabilia of their life. Please contact Jackie Walker to reserve your table space. jackiewalker051@gmail.com

WHY ATTEND A CEREMONY?

The primary reason is totally selfish of us but it’s one of the major highlights of our year. We love to share a moment with families and graduates who have chosen us to represent them as their church school. Of course, as with all things in our program we want you to do what is best for your family and completely understand should you choose a different option.

The graduation ceremony is not your traditional program. The primary difference from your traditional ceremony is that the main event is the diploma presentation where the parents will present their graduate with their diploma. The diplomas are provided to the parents prior to the ceremony. It is the parent’s opportunity to publicly acknowledge their child and their accomplishment. It’s an opportunity for the child to publicly acknowledge their parent’s efforts to guide their life and to direct their education. Families come from many different communities in Alabama to share the moment together. It is truly remarkable. Graduates sometimes make the mistake of thinking that because they don’t know the other graduates that the ceremony won’t be meaningful to them. The fact is that many of the graduates and families don’t know each other. The emphasis of the ceremony is on the individual families and their guests sharing a special time with other families who have shared a similar experience. It is a powerful testimony to all those who attend, especially those who may have doubts or reservations about homeschooling. If you are unable to attend we encourage you to have your own ceremony at your church or with other family and friends.