Graduate Registration Information
Friday, May 22, 2015
7:00 - 9:00 PM
Phoenix First Assembly
13613 N. Cave Creek Road
Phoenix, AZ 85022
Thank you for your interest in the upcoming Senior High Graduate Recognition Ceremony. We are planning a special evening to honor senior high homeschooled graduates from across the state. The twenty-third annual recognition night will be held Friday, May 22, 2015, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at Phoenix First Assembly, 13613 N. Cave Creek Road, Phoenix, AZ 85022. This event is free for friends and family to attend and open to the public.
NOTE: Certificates of Participation will be given to the graduates, which will be signed by an AFHE board member. AFHE does not provide diplomas nor does the organization verify that a student has completed their course work. The parent is responsible for creating the high school transcript and issuing a diploma to their graduate. (Information about diplomas and transcripts can be found on the HSLDA website. HSLDA also has a very nice diploma with cover available for purchase that the parent can sign or parents can create their own diploma for their graduate, if desired.)
REGISTRATION DEADLINE: February 6, 2015
LATE REGISTRATION DEADLINE: February 20, 2015 - Registrations received between February 7 and 20 will be charged a $50 late fee. There will be absolutely no registrations accepted after February 20, 2015.
REGISTRATION FEE: $147.00 (plus $50 late fee Feb. 7-20)
The registration fee covers the cost of the facility, cap/gown/tassel, the photo presentation, and one 5x7 individual photograph of the graduate receiving their certificate of participation. Traditional caps and gowns (to be ordered by AFHE) are mandatory for all senior high graduates. Fees paid for the Senior High Graduate Recognition Ceremony are non-refundable and non-transferrable.
OPTIONAL PURCHASE - DVD of the Ceremony: $15.00
You will have the option to order DVDs of the ceremony for $15 each (shipping included) as part of ceremony registration. The ceremony will be professionally videotaped. DVDs may be pre-ordered with graduate registration or ordered at the ceremony. They will be mailed to the graduates approximately six weeks after the ceremony.
AFHE MEMBERSHIP REQUIRED
AFHE membership is required for all participating graduate families. If you are not a current AFHE member you will have the opportunity to join AFHE/renew your AFHE membership as part of ceremony registration. The membership fee is $25.
Clarification of Homeschooling
The AFHE Senior High Graduate Recognition Ceremony is open to graduating seniors who have been educated at home by their parents in accordance with Arizona Revised Statute §15-802 where the parent is the primary provider of instruction. Those enrolled in a virtual charter school are not eligible to participate.
Graduates will wear caps and gowns (to be ordered by AFHE) over dress clothes with dress shoes, dress boots, or dress cowboy boots (no denim, no shorts, no sneakers/tennis shoes, no flip flops). Young men wearing a tie will wear their tie tucked inside the gown. No embellishments or personalization of caps and gowns will be permitted during the ceremony (this includes honor cords, decorations on the caps, etc.). This is mandatory for participation. The caps and gowns will belong to the graduates following the ceremony. Our committee does the ordering and delivering of them to the ceremony for the entire graduating class. Please contact us if further clarification is needed.
The volunteers have taken great care to make this ceremony momentous. Any graduate who fails to conduct himself/herself with proper decorum or refuses to follow the instructions of the senior high graduation committee will be escorted out by the ushers.
Please help us personalize this year's graduation ceremony by sending two digital, high-resolution photos of your senior graduate:
1) as a baby or young child, and
2) a current photograph of the graduate.
If you do not have digital baby photos, you will need to scan a photo to send it digitally. These photos will be shared in a video presentation that is a highlight of the ceremony. Photos may be professional portraits or quality snapshots of the individual graduate (alone, not part of a group). In addition, a headshot of each graduate will be included in the printed program.
Make plans early to get senior photos taken.
PHOTO QUALITY FOR SENIOR PICTURES
A headshot of each graduate will be included next to the graduate's name in the printed program so a high resolution digital image with a file size that is a minimum of 1 MB is required. If the senior picture submitted for the video presentation will not work as a headshot in the program due to angle or cropping limitations, we ask that you send a photo that will work as a headshot for the program in addition to the graduate's baby picture and senior picture. Please do NOT crop photos before sending.
NOTE: Please send photos via email as an attachment, attaching the original image file. Do not send pictures through a photo or scan program ( such as HP, Canon, or other programs that store or edit photos). Scan/photo programs reduce the photo size when sending and diminish the resolution/quality of the photos.
PHOTO FILE NAMES
Please label photo files as follows:
BABY PICTURE: lastname_firstname_baby.jpg
SENIOR PICTURE: lastname_firstname_senior.jpg
HEADSHOT: lastname_firstname_headshot.jpg (Only required if the senior picture won't work as a headshot in the program)
Please keep photos modest; avoid low necklines, strapless tops, provocative poses, etc. The headshot photo for the program should have the graduate facing the camera straight on and shoulders must be clothed.
SUBMIT PHOTOS AT THE TIME OF REGISTRATION
Photos must be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org at the time of registration or your registration is incomplete. All photos must be received no later than February 20, 2015.
AFHE does not provide graduation announcements, but announcements can be purchased from HSLDA through their website at www.hslda.org if desired.
Submissions for the Senior Class Address will be accepted from participating graduates who have been homeschooled for all four years of high school. The speech should be 3 to 5 minutes long, must be the student’s original work, and should reflect how being homeschooled through high school has impacted his/her life or helped shape who he/she is. Speeches will be judged on content, structure, presentation, and overall effectiveness. Note: Please be careful to highlight homeschooling without criticizing other methods of education.
SPEECH CONTEST SUBMISSION DEADLINE
Must be received by March 6, 2015
(Please mail your submission early enough for us to receive it by March 6.)
Musical performance auditions will be accepted from participating graduates. Applications and video recordings must be submitted by March 6, 2015.
MUSICAL PERFORMANCE AUDITION SUBMISSION DEADLINE
Application and video must be received by March 6, 2015
Video recordings should be submitted electronically (as an MP4 file or link to your video posted on a hosting site such as YouTube or Vimeo) via email to Dr. Conniejo Brown.
Please let us know in advance if special accommodations are needed for participating graduates. There is a spot on the online application form for "Additional Information."
Photographs and video taken by AFHE representatives at this event may appear in the Arizona Home Education Journal, on the AFHE website, AFHE social media pages, or in other AFHE publications at AFHE’s discretion.
In order to make the ceremony even more personal and special, we are excited to include a brief parent tribute that will be read by a designated reader (not the parent) as the graduate crosses the stage.
PARENT TRIBUTE TO THE GRADUATE
The parents of each graduate will write and submit a brief tribute expressing their love and encouragement for their child, which will be read by an AFHE representative as each graduate crosses the stage and poses for a photograph.
Tribute Submission Instructions
Tributes must be submitted as part of the application process no later than February 20, 2015.
Word count limit: 40 words
"Mary, we are so proud of all that you have accomplished and we are excited about what God is doing in your life. You are such a joy and we love the way God’s love shines through your life."
"John, congratulations on this special day. You have worked so hard to finish high school and we are proud of your perseverance and diligence.You have surpassed our hopes and dreams for you! "
NOTE: Please avoid very short tributes such as, "We love you!" because there will be a noticeable amount of silence while your graduate crosses the stage in comparison to the other graduates whose parent tributes will fill the space while they cross the stage.
We are pleased to announce that the photographer we are using will be able to have the student photos taken during the ceremony (one of each graduate on stage) printed and ready for pick up immediately following the ceremony. Two copies of the graduate photo are included with the ceremony registration fee.
Mandatory Rehearsal May 22 @ 1:40 PM
The ceremony is a choreographed event. All participating graduates are required to attend the rehearsal Friday, May 22, from 2:00-4:00 PM, at Phoenix First Assembly. It is critical that all graduates are present for the rehearsal—on time! All graduates must arrive by 1:40 PM to get checked in and pay for dinner if ordering the on-site dinner option. Do not be late. Following the rehearsal, musical performers, and speech contest winners will remain for a sound check.
In April, you will receive an email with additionall information and details.
Please use the gown size chart to determine the correct size gown to order for your graduate. Click on the thumbnail below to open a larger pdf version of the size chart.
Dinner Option On-Site
One of the many benefits of having this year's ceremony at Phoenix First Assembly is that we can serve food. We will be taking orders for a pizza and salad dinner when graduates check in. The cost will be $5 per person and will include 2 slices of pizza, salad, a bottle of water, and a cookie. Please be sure to bring cash with you if you plan to order dinner from us. It will be served following the rehearsal, before putting on gowns. There are some fast food restaurants not too far from the church that graduates are welcome to go to if they prefer. Or they can bring a sack dinner or snacks.
Things to Have Ready Before Starting Registration
- The graduate’s photos to submit by email
- Graduate's accomplishments and future plans, and favorite Bible verse, quote, or life motto
- Parent tribute to the graduate
- Gown size (use this chart to determine size)
Accomplishments, Future Plans, and
Favorite Bible Verse or Quote
for the Printed Program
We encourage each graduate to share your accomplishments, future plans, and favorite Bible verse, quote, or life motto.
Please write complete sentences in third person starting the paragraph with the student's first name.
For a Bible verse (one verse only), please provide the verse written out along with the citation of the verse. Please do not use quote marks around the Bible verse unless the Bible verse itself is a quote as in the example below.
For a life motto that is a quote, please cite the author of the quote.
We recommend writing these out in a Word document first so that you can polish and edit the text and also easily calculate the total word count. AFHE reserves the right to edit for length if needed.
COMBINED MAXIMUM WORD COUNT: 200 Words
Combined word count total for all three sections should not exceed 200 words (accomplishments, future plans, and favorite Bible verse/life motto).
Alissa played soccer for five years at Christ’s Church of the Valley, where they won four championships. She received two Charlie Hustle Awards and one for Most Spirited. Alissa participated and medaled in various league sports through her physical education group. She also participated in archery for two years with Phoenix HEAT. In 2013 the team placed 1st at state and qualified for nationals. Alissa has volunteered organizing a group of friends to help assemble 3,000 Christmas and hygiene bags for people in need with the Trinity Fellowship Church. She helped put together food items and clothing for people in need in the community. Alissa has organized making hats for Sports Kidz AZ’s homeless children and she has participated in various walks and fundraisers through Walgreens.
Alissa’s future plans include pursuing assistant coaching positions with her homeschooling physical education group and archery team. One of her goals is to be a certified archery instructor to help share her love of the sport with others.
FAVORITE BIBLE VERSE
”For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord. “Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." - Jeremiah 29:11
Registration is open from November 6, 2014 through February 20, 2015 and will take place entirely online.
As noted above, registrations submitted February 7 through February 20 will be charged a $50 late fee. Absolutely no registrations will be accepted after February 20.
Please use the following link to register.
The Arizona Homeschool Scholarship Fund offers scholarships to Arizona homeschool graduates pursuing post-secondary education. Learn more at SCHOLARSHIPS.
2015 Scholarship Application Deadline: March 6, 2015