Welcome, Class of 2019!
Do you have a graduating homeschooler? There are many ways to mark this special milestone, but the HEAV graduation ceremony, held during the annual convention, is a wonderful way to include family and friends in a special, God-honoring celebration.
One special aspect of the HEAV ceremony is the inclusion of parents in this momentous occasion. Parents will meet their graduate at center stage to present the diploma.
The next graduation ceremony will be held Saturday, June 8, 2019, from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. at the Greater Richmond Convention Center.
Registration will open in early 2019. Participation is limited because of room capacity, so you’ll want to reserve your spot early. If you’d like to be notified when graduation registration opens—or if you have any questions–please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
All graduates must register through HEAV and pay the registration fee (See Graduation Information).
Graduates are also required to provide regalia ($42 when purchased through the HEAV supplier) and a high school diploma ($35 when purchased through HEAV).
HEAV conveniently provides the opportunity to purchase the required items as well as optional items. The costs associated with purchasing the additional items are thoroughly explained in the online registration form.
The diploma was designed especially for HEAV graduates and is printed in rich black ink on parchment. This certificate will be inscribed with the graduate’s name, date of graduation (June 8, 2019), and the parents’ names or family school name. It will also include the signatures of the graduate’s parents, the HEAV president, and the commencement speaker. An engraved seal and gold ribbon corners adorn the diploma, which is encased in a beautiful, padded navy case with matching seal.
Diplomas purchased through HEAV will be received onsite at the graduation ceremony.
The diplomas are inscribed as follows: “This certifies that [student name] has successfully completed the Course of Study for graduation prescribed by [name of parent/school] and is therefore awarded this High School Diploma given this ninth day of June, in the year of our Lord two thousand eighteen”
For the diploma wording in the section, “Has successfully completed the Course of Study for graduation prescribed by,” options include: “his parents,” the parents’ names, or family school name.
If you choose to use a family school name, the inscription must be the name that you have chosen for your homeschool. Copyrighted school names such as “The American School”, “Keystone High School”, or “Liberty University Online Academy” will not be inscribed.
Do not use prescribed by “the Commonwealth of Virginia.” The Commonwealth of Virginia does not prescribe a curriculum or course of study for Virginia homeschoolers. It is up to the parents to decide the course of study. This also incorrectly implies the Commonwealth of Virginia has authorized and approved your course of study.
The parents and seniors, along with the
Home Educators Association of Virginia,
are pleased to announce the
for the homeschool graduates of the
Class of Two Thousand Eighteen
on Saturday, the ninth of June
at half past three in the afternoon
Greater Richmond Convention Center
If you choose to order our announcements, you will receive envelopes with them. However, a name card is pictured above with the announcement, but name cards must be ordered in addition to the announcements. Name cards will only be sent if they are included in your order. Announcements have slots to insert name cards, but they may be sent with or without name cards.
For your convenience, HEAV provides a link to the order form from Balfour, our supplier and an Oak Hall distributor, through the online graduation registration form. Regalia ordered through Balfour will be shipped directly to you.
Families are not required to purchase their cap, gown, and tassel through Balfour. If you obtain regalia from a source other than Balfour, please note that males wear royal blue regalia with gold tassels and females wear white or royal blue regalia with gold tassels.
If you already have a cap and gown and only need a 2018 gold tassel, 2018 tassels may be purchased through Balfour and have them shipped to your home, or ordered through HEAV graduation registration and received onsite during graduation weekend.
Every family is responsible for bringing their regalia to graduation check-in.
Families may choose to provide honor cords to their graduate. Please turn honor cords in with your regalia at graduation check-in.
Tickets to the graduation ceremony are complimentary. Every graduate is guaranteed up to 12 tickets. During graduation registration, families are given the opportunity to request additional tickets. HEAV will supply additional tickets to accommodate all immediate family members and will try to accommodate all additional ticket requests. The only reserved seating in the ballroom is for graduates and parents; the rest of the seating is general admission, meaning seats are not pre-assigned, but tickets are required.
Tickets be on site in your check-in envelope.
Yes! Family members and friends with a ticket to the graduation ceremony may browse the Exhibit Hall in the adjoining Richmond Center FREE OF CHARGE on Thursday, Friday, or Saturday.
Be sure to let your guests know they will be admitted to the Exhibit Hall at no cost when they show their graduation ticket. This is a perfect opportunity for grandparents and other family members and friends to see the extensive resources available to homeschool families–they are often amazed at the variety and diversity of educational materials. (It’s also a great place to purchase gifts!)
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