24th Annual AFHE Sr. Grad Ceremony
Graduate Information

Friday, May 20, 2016
7:00 - 9:00 PM
Dream City Church
formerly 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 18 to all registered graduates.


Mandatory Rehearsal: Arrive by 1:40 PM

Graduates check in for rehearsal on May 20 at 1:40 PM
South Lobby, Dream City Church

A mandatory rehearsal will be held Friday, May 20, 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.

Dinner Options

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.

Dinner includes pulled pork or chicken sandwich, garden salad, potato salad, chips, cookies, and a choice of water or juice. Dinner will be served on-site in the Children's Pavilion (building H on the map) between 4:00 and 6:00 PM.

Parents, siblings, and grandparents are welcome to participate in this convenient dinner option as well. The price will be just $7 per person.

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 13


Nearby fast food restaurants

Graduates may choose to go out to eat dinner. There are a number of restaurants near Dream City Church. We have provided a map for your reference.

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 Dream City Church for the ceremony by no later than 6:15 PM. Graduates should report to the designated gown area, which will be shared during rehearsal. Please arrive in dress clothes, with hair and makeup complete, ready to put on your cap and gown.

Caps, Gowns, & Tassels

Your royal blue cap and gown and your tassel have been ordered. Gowns will be at Dream City Church ready for you to put on the night of the ceremony. The caps, gowns, and tassels will belong to the graduates. Gowns will be pressed ahead of time and will behanging and ready for you.  There are several volunteers 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 designated gown area 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.


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 or sound check. Once rehearsal and sound check are completed at 5:00 PM, family members may choose their seats. Ushers will begin seating the general public and handing out programs at 6:00 PM. 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 Dream City Church 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.


Two photographs of each graduate will be taken during the ceremony, one when the graduate receives their certificate of participation and one off-stage. These will be available online for free download one week following the ceremony at www.azmvp.com/afhe-2016

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.

Publicity Photos

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.

Coat Check Not Available This Year

Due to construction at Dream City Church, we will not be able to provide a coat check for graduate bags, clothing, or personal belongings. These items will need to be left with a parent or secured in your vehicle.


Rick and Linda Crosby
AFHE Sr. Grad Liaisons