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 14, 2018 6:30 PM
Capshaw Baptist Church
14944 Dupree Worthey Rd, Harvest, AL 35749
On the corner of Capshaw Rd and Dupree Worthey
PLEASE DO NOT CONTACT THE CHURCH REGARDING DETAILS OF THIS EVENT
Ceremony Rehearsal (attendance is optional)
May 11, 2018 6:30 PM Meet at Capshaw Baptist
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.
GRADUATION CEREMONY PROGRAM BULLETIN
GRADUATION PREPARATIONS LETTER TO ALL PARENTS
2018 Graduation Prep Letter
NOTE: Not all posts below have been updated for 2018.
2018 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 three 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. Gown finish is optional as long as it is Royal Blue.
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.
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 $35 if you do not attend the ceremony. For those attending the ceremony the fee is $45.
2018 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
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:
OR mail them to:
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.
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.
CEREMONY PROCEDURE INSTRUCTIONS
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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. email@example.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.