23rd Annual AFHE Sr. Grad Ceremony
Friday, May 22, 2015
7:00 - 9:00 PM
Phoenix First Assembly
13613 N. Cave Creek Road
Phoenix, AZ 85022
Click on the image below for a facility map (pdf)
Dear Graduate and Family,
This page provides many important details regarding this year's ceremony. We strongly recommend that you print a copy now so that you may refer to the information as needed while you prepare for this occasion. We look forward to celebrating with you at the AFHE Senior High Graduate Recognition Ceremony. An email with this information was sent on April 7 to all registered graduates.
Mandatory Rehearsal: Arrive by 1:40 PM
Graduates check in for rehearsal on May 22 at 1:40 PM
South Lobby, Phoenix First Assembly
A mandatory rehearsal will be held Friday, May 22, from 2:00-4:00 PM. Please allow plenty of time for traffic and parking. Before the rehearsal begins, graduates will need to check in and find their seats in the sanctuary so that we may start the rehearsal promptly at 2:00 PM.
This is our only rehearsal, so please arrive on time. We will be going over seating arrangements, line-up order, procession practice, and receiving of certificates. None of this can be accomplished without every graduate present. Family members and friends may wait in the lobby. Graduates and ceremony participants only will be permitted in the sanctuary during the rehearsal.
The volunteers have taken great care to make this ceremony momentous. Any graduate who fails to conduct himself/herself with proper decorum or follow the instructions of the committee will be promptly escorted out by the ushers.
Following the rehearsal, graduates will have approximately two hours to eat dinner and get dressed in their formal clothing. To help with this short time frame, AFHE is providing an opportunity for graduates to eat on-site.
Thanks to a generous sponsorship from Arizona Christian University, the pizza dinner will be free of charge for graduates. Dinner includes two slices of pizza, salad, a cookie, and a bottle of water. Dinner will be served on-site between 4:00 and 5:30 PM.
Parents and siblings are welcome to participate in this convenient dinner option as well. The price will be just $5 per person for family members; free for graduates.
Graduates are also welcome to bring their own dinner or go out to eat if they wish. A map of area restaurants and fast food locations is provided below.
Dinner RSVP requested by May 15
Nearby fast food restaurants
Graduates may choose to go out to eat dinner. There are a number of restaurants near Phoenix First Assembly. We have provided a map for your reference.
MAP: RESTAURANTS NEAR PFA (pdf)
Arrival for Ceremony
All graduates dressed and ready to put on caps and gowns at 6:15 PM
All graduates should plan to return to Phoenix First Assembly for the ceremony by no later than 6:15 PM. Graduates should report to the choir room to the left of the South Lobby. Please arrive in dress clothes, with hair and makeup complete, ready to put on your cap and gown.
Coat Check Room for Graduates
New in 2015, AFHE is providing a coat check room where graduates can store their bags, clothing, personal belongings, etc. during the rehearsal and ceremony. This room will be staffed and graduates should pick up their items immediately following the ceremony.
DISCLAIMER: AFHE shall not be held liable for lost or stolen items. We are offering this service as a convenience to the graduates.
Caps, Gowns, & Tassels
Your royal blue cap and gown and your tassel have been ordered. Gowns will be at Phoenix First Assembly ready for you to put on the night of the ceremony. The caps, gowns, and tassels will belong to the graduates. Volunteers steam the gowns so they are hanging and ready for you. There are several volunteers in the gown room to assist the grads if needed. Graduates will wear caps and gowns over dress clothes with dress shoes, dress boots, or dress cowboy boots (i.e. no denim, no shorts, no sneakers/tennis shoes, no flip flops). Ties will be worn inside the gown. No embellishments (honor cords, hat decorations, etc.) are allowed. This is mandatory for participation.
Arrive promptly at the choir room at 6:15 PM dressed in your formal attire, with hair and make-up complete, so there is adequate time to put on gowns and check cap/hair in the mirror before lining up.
DOORS OPEN AT 6:00 PM
Sanctuary doors will be opened at 6:00 PM. The ceremony will begin promptly at 7:00 PM. Please notify your guests to allow plenty of time for traffic and parking so that everyone is seated by 7:00 PM.
There will be plenty of seating for families and their guests. Seats cannot be reserved prior to or during the rehearsal. Please honor AFHE reserved seating areas as they are necessary for committee members involved during the ceremony.
Parents, please remember to be considerate of those seated around you. If small children become fussy, please take them to the foyer. We request that air horns not be used during the ceremony. Also, please notify your guests that Phoenix First Assembly does not permit helium balloons in the building.
Family and guests might wish to bring a sweater or jacket as the church can be chilly at times. You may also wish to bring a water bottle.
Each graduate will receive one 5x7 print receiving his/her certificate. This photo is included in the registration fee. These photos will be printed during the ceremony and should be picked up following the ceremony. Directions will be provided during rehearsal.
Family Photo Option
Following the ceremony, the photographer will have an area set up for formal family photos if you choose. There is no prior registration for this service. These family photos will be available for purchase online about a week after the ceremony.
For those who have not pre-ordered DVDs of the ceremony or if you wish to purchase additional copies, DVDs can be purchased the night of the ceremony for $15 each in the lobby. We accept cash, check (payable to AFHE), or credit card (Visa, MasterCard, or Discover). The DVDs must be paid for when ordering and will be shipped approximately 3 weeks after the ceremony.
Photographs taken by AFHE representatives at this event may appear in the AFHE Magazine, on the AFHE website, AFHE social media pages, or in other AFHE publications at AFHE’s discretion.
Special Thanks to Our Sponsor
Many thanks to Arizona Christian University for their thoughtful sponsorship for this year's AFHE Sr. High Graduate Recognition Ceremony. This sponsorship will be used to provide a pizza dinner for the graduates following the rehearsal. We appreciate the generosity of Arizona Christian University in supporting AFHE and our graduating seniors.
Rick and Linda Crosby
AFHE Sr. Grad Liaisons