2018 AFHE Graduation Ceremony
Mark your calendars and join us for a very special evening honoring Arizona homeschooled students graduating from senior high in a formal, reverent, cap and gown ceremony. Admission is free for friends, family, and the homeschool community to attend.
The 26th annual AFHE Senior High Graduate Recognition Ceremony will be held
Friday, May 25, 2018
7:00 – 9:00 PM
Dream City Church
13613 N. Cave Creek Road
Phoenix, AZ 85022
Info for Friends, Family, and Homeschool Community
We invite friends and family of the 2018 graduates and the homeschool community to join us for the AFHE Graduate Recognition Ceremony.
Admission is free and tickets are not required. Please plan ahead for travel times and parking so that you are seated by 7:00 PM. Sanctuary doors open at 6:00 PM and the ceremony will begin promptly at 7:00. There will be plenty of seating for families and guests.
Parents, please remember to be considerate of those seated around you and for video quality purposes. If small children become fussy or noisy, please take them to the foyer.
No air horns or helium balloons
We request that air horns not be used during the ceremony out of consideration for those seated around you. Also, please note that Dream City Church does not permit helium balloons in the building.
We are guests at Dream City Church and out of respect for the church staff, confetti is prohibited.
Bring a jacket/sweater and water
You 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 to stay hydrated.
SAVE THE DATE!
2019 AFHE Graduation
Friday, May 24, 2019
Registration opens in November for 2019 participating graduates.
CHRIS RICE - LONGER BIO
Chris Rice is a young musician and homeschool graduate. The individualized education he received made it possible for him to pursue the passion he had for music since he was a small child. He and his brother Johnny (who was also home schooled) are each accomplished artists as pianists and cellists, and they have formed a very successful musical duo together. They have performed together all over the United States, from Carnegie Hall to Disneyland. They have also performed in several countries in Europe, including in their family’s country of origin, Poland, where they were the featured artists at the June 2014 World Music Day celebration in Warsaw. Between the two of them, Johnny and Chris have been soloists with The Phoenix, Scottsdale, and Mesa Symphonies, as well as The Symphony of the Southwest. Their Carnegie Hall debut in 2014 followed each having been named a gold medalist at an international Chopin piano competition. They feature a unique blend of classical music, Gospel, jazz, ragtime and boogie-woogie, along with a historical perspective of the great composers and the times in which they lived. They have performed in the widest range of settings, including concert halls, churches, schools and house concerts. Their performances and presentations have been enthusiastically received by audiences of all ages and from all walks of life. They also greatly enjoy working with their piano, cello and violin students in their private teaching studios.
The Rice Brothers have just released their third CD, “Great Works by Chopin, Liszt, Brahms, Rachmaninoff and Gershwin.” Their two previous CDs are entitled “The Road to Chopin… and beyond” and “Chopin & Friends.” They have a long-standing love and commitment to Chopin’s music, and the Polish history of which it is a part. In 2015, the Rice family was honored to receive the Polish Heritage Award from the Polish American Congress Arizona Division. Also in 2015, Johnny and Chris were named the Directors for Arizona of the Chopin Foundation of the United States Southwest Council.
Chris and Johnny have studied in the private studio of Robert Hamilton, Steinway Artist and Professor of Piano at Arizona State University. During the summer of 2014, they furthered their educational pursuits with advanced studies in Europe, working with Johannes Kropfitsch, who is the Director of Piano at The Vienna Conservatory, and also with Stefan Wojtas of the Kraków Conservatory. They were also long-time students of Taki Atsumi, Professor of Cello at Arizona State University and, for 35 years, President of the American Cello Congress. They have worked in master class and more extended settings with artists such as internationally acclaimed cellist Mstislav Rostropovich; Philip Kawin, Professor of Piano at the Manhattan School of Music; and Eugene Friesen, Grammy Award winning jazz cellist and Professor at the Berklee School of Music.