Homeschool Graduation

Celebrate your special milestone!

Welcome, Class of 2021!

Do you have a graduating homeschooler?

New! Morning Graduation Ceremony

Registration Is OPEN until April 15.

The afternoon ceremony is filled to capacity, but we are opening a second graduation ceremony on the same day.

Don’t miss this opportunity to celebrate this wondrous achievement.  This milestone marks the completion of your graduate’s homeschool journey and the beginning of a new journey towards the future.

Create a memory you’ll cherish forever.

The ceremonies will be identical and will include all the refinements that make this elegant, God-honoring ceremony unique and special for your family.

Both ceremonies will also be live-streamed to the HEAV web page!

Ceremony I: Saturday, June 12, 2021, from 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Ceremony II: Saturday, June 12, 2021, from 3:30 – 5:30 p.m.I

Registration Is OPEN for a Morning Ceremony.

The afternoon ceremony is full, but you can still register for the morning ceremony!

HEAV Members

  • Through April 15 $99

    A minimum of 60 graduates is needed to make the morning event possible.

    Sign in to your member benefits page to get your discount code.

HEAV Non-Members

  • Through April 15 $129

    A minimum of 60 graduates is needed to make the morning event possible.

Not a member yet? Join today! You’ll save $30 on your graduation registration and get benefits all year long.

Questions?

Please email graduation@heav.org.

The Greater Richmond Convention Center Ballroom

403 North 3rd Street (at the corner of Fifth and Broad streets)
Richmond, VA 23219

Graduate Requirements

Each graduate must provide the following:

  • 100-word biography
  • High-resolution picture (It may be informal or formal, but it should be professional quality.)
  • Regalia (may be purchased through an HEAV supplier.)
  • High school diploma ($45 when purchased through HEAV).

Graduate bios and images will be displayed in a beautiful digital program in the weeks before and after the onsite ceremony. (See last year’s program here.)

The images will also be displayed in a slideshow during the ceremony. (See last year’s slideshow here.)

2021 Graduation FAQs

HEAV does not have academic (GPA, credits, or courses) or age requirements for participation in the graduation ceremony. Consistent with our belief that education is the primary responsibility of parents, we leave this decision in the hands of each family. As long as the graduate has been home educated for a minimum of six months under Virginia law §22.1-254.1 (homeschool statute), §22.1-254(B)(1) (religious exemption), or §22.1-254(A) (certified tutor provision), we invite your family to participate. If the participating graduate is from another state, he or she will have to have abided by the laws pertaining to home instruction in that state.

All graduates must register through HEAV and pay the registration fee (See Graduation Information).

Graduates are also required to provide regalia  and a high school diploma ($45 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 13, 2020), 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 check-in to give to the graduate during the 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 twelfth day of June, in the year of our Lord two thousand twenty-one”

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.

You are not required to purchase a diploma through HEAV. Some families use a diploma from their local support group’s graduation ceremony or simply a computer-generated certificate. If you do not purchase a diploma through HEAV, you are required to bring something that resembles a diploma for the presentation during the ceremony. It should be flat, sturdy, and clearly labeled with the graduate’s full name. If you are supplying your own diploma and not purchasing one through HEAV, it must be brought with you to graduation check-in to be used during the ceremony.

The formal graduation announcement for 2021 will be similar to previous years. The 2021 announcement read as follows:

The parents and seniors, along with the
Home Educators Association of Virginia,HEAV Commencement Announcements
are pleased to announce the
Commencement Exercises
for the homeschool graduates of the
Class of Two Thousand Twenty-One
on Saturday, the twelfth day of June
at half past three in the afternoon
Greater Richmond Convention Center
Richmond, Virginia

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.

No, announcements do not provide admission to the graduation ceremony. Announcements are designed to be a formal means of letting your friends and family know of your graduation from high school. Etiquette dictates that they may be mailed up to two weeks after graduation.

Biographical sketches must be submitted at the time of registration. Each graduate’s biographical sketch will be displayed in the digital convention program along with his full name and the city and state of his residence. Please write a bio that includes the length of time you have been homeschooled; some of your homeschool activities; some special interests, achievements, and scholarships; and your future plans, if known. If your bio mentions a specific organization you have worked with; award you have received; or school, co-op, or group you have participated in or plan to attend, please be sure to give the complete, correct name of the organization, award, or group. If you mention a favorite Bible verse, it helps to quote it for the reference of the reader. If you do choose to quote a Scripture verse, please specify in parentheses which version of the Bible you have quoted. Example: (KJV). Please do not exceed 100 words. If the bio exceeds 100 words, HEAV reserves the right to edit as necessary or to send it back for revision.

Just prior to the graduation ceremony, we will have a photo presentation of all the graduates from whom we receive photos. Please consider sharing a favorite photo of your graduate (in JPEG format). It could be a picture of your graduate acting in a favorite theatrical presentation, exhibiting a prize-winning science project, or reading on the sofa in the living room at age six. We suggest that you use a photo without too many people other than the graduate, and one that shows more of the graduate and less background. Please choose a photo that will honor your graduate on this special occasion. If we receive a photo that could be considered inappropriate, HEAV reserves the right to crop the photo or refuse it.

Families are required to provide regalia from their graduate. 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 2021 gold tassel, 2021 tassels may be ordered through HEAV graduation registration and received onsite during graduation weekend.

Cap, gowns, and tassel may be ordered at Balfour.

 

Here are step-by-step instructions on how to order:

  • Step 1- Go to Balfour
  • Step 2- Click on “Caps and Gowns”
  • Step 3- Select “HEAV”
  • Step 4- Enter in your email address to receive an email confirmation
  • Step 5- Complete student information
  • Step 6- Checkout

Orders will be shipped home.  The deadline to order is March 31.

If you have any questions about a Balfour order, please contact them at 703-941-1436 or balfournova@yahoo.com.  

Every family is responsible for bringing their regalia to graduation.

Families may choose to provide honor cords to their graduate.

The capacity of the graduation ceremony is limited this year. Each graduate will be allowed to bring a maximum of four guests including his or her parents. Every graduate may receive up to five tickets.

Tickets will be on site in your check-in envelope.

Yes, everyone is required to have a ticket.

Once checked in, your family’s next obligation to graduation is to be in the Ballroom for rehearsal at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday.

The graduate and at least one parent are required to attend rehearsal. We would like for both parents to attend rehearsal, but, we understand that for some families, their situations may prevent both parents from attending rehearsal.

No, graduates should arrive at rehearsal dressed for the ceremony (except for cap and gown), since the graduates will not have a chance to leave between the rehearsal and the ceremony. Parents are dismissed part way through the rehearsal, and are free until 3 p.m., when they return to their seats in the designated parents’ section.

Yes, you may submit a refund request for the ceremony through HEAV’s online form. A cancellation fee of $7 will be deducted from your refund amount. Requests for graduation refunds must be submitted no later than May 14, 2021.

Visit the Christian Connector, Inc. for information on Christian colleges, Bible colleges, short-term missions, and other Christian youth opportunities. 

Yes! The graduation ceremony will be livestreamed for family and friends to view from home.

Convention Sponsors

Thank You to our Wonderful Convention Sponsors!