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Timeless Homeschool Events
Invites you to participate in our
2018 Graduation Commencement Ceremony
Thursday, May 24th 2018
Special Commencement Speaker: Senator Arthur Orr
Historic Princess Theatre
112 Second Avenue NE, Decatur, Alabama 35601
3:30 PM Rehearsal
6:00 PM Ceremony
Please read the following important information before ordering your tickets.
In keeping with our mission statement to provide quality milestone events for homeschoolers, Timeless Homeschool Events is honored to be able to offer a traditional graduation ceremony open to all homeschoolers. T.H.E. is not a cover school, and therefore, will not provide your graduate with a diploma. Please make sure to provide all requested information when filling out your graduate’s registration. Incorrect or invalid information may result in a refund of your ticket.
What type of ceremony will this be? This will be a traditional graduation ceremony, much like those at public high schools.
Where will it be held? Our ceremony will be held in the beautiful and historic Princess Theatre in downtown Decatur, AL. We will use their full theatre, with the stage being where our students will accept their diplomas.
Who will present diplomas? Parents will present diplomas to their graduate, one at a time, in a formal ceremony. This will allow each family to have a special moment of recognition on the stage.
Will there be a valedictorian? Because we are not a cover school, and do not choose valedictorians, we are unable to have a valedictorian speaker at our graduation ceremony. Instead, we will have a student speaker. Graduates who would like to be considered for this honor are asked to write their speech in essay form and submit it for consideration. These speeches will be anonymously judged by a third party. One to two speakers will be chosen to address the audience on behalf of the 2018 graduates. The deadline for submissions is April 13th, 2018, and they should be sent to [email protected] Please put “Homeschool Graduation Student Speaker" in the subject line.
When is rehearsal? In the interest of easier scheduling for our graduates and their families, we will have a rehearsal the day of the ceremony at 3:30 PM. Please arrive on time so that we may begin rehearsal promptly.
What color are the caps and gowns? Students are responsible for purchasing their own caps and gowns. We have found the quality of the gowns from graduationsource.com to be excellent, but there are many options on amazon.com as well. Prices range from $20 to $30. Graduates are free to choose their preferred color. Please note that business casual dress (no athletic shoes, shorts, flip-flops, or jeans) is required to be worn underneath the caps and gowns.
Can the students decorate their hats? Students are welcome to decorate the tops of their mortarboards. Please keep all decorations on the top of the mortarboard G-rated and in a flat style (nothing elevated above the hat). Pinterest is a great inspiration for decorating ideas. Students, we will be throwing hats at the end of the ceremony!
What is the dress code? All participants are required to wear business casual dress. NO athletic shoes, shorts, flip-flops, or jeans are allowed.
Will there be a photographer? A professional photographer will be on hand the day of graduation, and we will pre-sell packages before the event. Information will be given out to participating graduates closer to the ceremony. You are also welcome to take your own photos.
What is the cost? Registration is $75 from February 19th to March 31st. Additional tickets are needed for family and friends who would like to attend the ceremony, but tickets for guests are free. They may be added to your cart when the graduate ticket is purchased or at a later date as long as there are tickets available.
SCHOLARSHIPS ARE AVAILABLE, please contact [email protected]
Do you have to be a local student to graduate in this ceremony? No. There are no requirements as to geographical location, cover school, etc. Any homeschool senior who would like to take part is welcome. Please note that graduates are only able to participate in this ceremony once.
What if I won’t complete the requirements for my diploma until later in the year? Anyone who is eligible to graduate during the year of 2018 is welcome to join us.
What about diplomas? Parents are responsible for applying for and obtaining diplomas from the state of Alabama (or their home state). At the ceremony, each graduate will be given a leatherette diploma cover as a symbolic part of the ceremony, but it will not have that graduate’s diploma inside.
Is there a reception following the ceremony? While T.H.E. will not be hosting a formal reception, the lobby concessions and coffee shop at the Princess Theatre will be open for anyone who would like to stay and enjoy each other’s company after the ceremony. There are also numerous restaurants within walking distance of the theatre.