Graduate Registration Information
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-first annual recognition night will be held Friday, May 31, 2013, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the South Ballroom of the Phoenix Convention Center, 33 South 3rd Street, Phoenix, AZ 85004. This event is free to attend and open to the public. Certificates of recognition will be given to the graduates.
NOTE: 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.
Registration Deadline: February 6, 2013
No late registrations can be accepted.
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 teacher. Those enrolled in a virtual charter school are not eligible to participate.
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, etc.) are allowed. This is mandatory for participation. The caps and gowns will belong to the graduates. However, our committee does the ordering, picking up, pressing, 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 will be promptly escorted out by the ushers.
Posters will be on display during the evening of the ceremony for guests to view. Please cut a poster board or foam board precisely to the dimensions of 16” wide by 20” tall. Do not frame. Include favorite pictures and mementos on the poster that highlight your interests and accomplishments. Use your creativity so that your poster will reflect who you are. Please use photos that are modest (no swimwear, etc.). This is a reverent, formal, family event. Posters with inappropriate images will not be displayed at the ceremony. Make sure your name and hometown are listed prominently on the front. Your name, address, phone number, and email address should be written on the back of the poster. Please label all photographs and mementos. Uncluttered posters have proven to be more appealing and effective. Keep the poster lightweight so that it can be easily hung. Please bring your poster to the Friday afternoon rehearsal. Take your poster home when you leave after the ceremony. We cannot be responsible for posters left at the convention center.
AFHE does not provide graduation announcements, but announcements can be purchased from HSLDA through their website at www.hslda.org.
Please let us know in advance if special accommodations are needed for participating graduates (i.e. wheelchair lift).
Photographs taken by AFHE representatives at this event may appear in the Arizona Home Education Journal, on the AFHE website, or in other AFHE publications at AFHE’s discretion. Photos taken at this event that are published on the AFHE website will not include identifying information about those in the photograph.
Mandatory Rehearsal May 31 @ 12:45 PM
The ceremony is a choreographed event. All participating graduates are required to attend the rehearsal at 12:45 p.m., Friday, May 31, at the Phoenix Convention Center. It is critical that all graduates are present for the rehearsal—on time! Do not be late. Following the rehearsal, musical performers and speech contest winners will remain for a sound check.
In early April you will receive an email with rehearsal information and details.