'Trust the Parents!'
The 2010 Graduation
will be a memorable event!
Join CHN in acknowledging your student’s achievement in the lovely setting of the Ontario Marriott Atrium. Our annual graduation ceremony mixes traditional customs with a personal touch. Your graduate will come in full cap and gown in a color of their choice. A traditional procession and convocation will begin the ceremony, followed by diploma awards. Each family will have an opportunity to take the stage and award their student a diploma which has been issued by their school. Every graduate is permitted to give a short speech if they so choose.
This ceremony is open to CHN member families with students
graduating from high school. You are welcome to join CHN when
you register for graduation.
Eligibility for graduation from your high school is determined by your school. Private school administrators, directors or principals, including parents who are running their own home based private school, would assess and determine the eligibility of their students for graduation. Diplomas should be issued under your school name.
In order to keep this a personalized ceremony, we have a limited
number of spaces available. All registrations will be processed
in the order they are received, so register early!
Hotel, Ceremony and Reception
The ceremony will take place in the Atrium at the Marriott Hotel, 2200 E. Holt Blvd., Ontario, California on Sunday, August 2nd, 2009 at 2:00 pm. A reception will follow.
If you need a room at the Marriott, CHN has obtained a special
room rate. See accommodations
page for details and a link to the online reservation
Gowns, Diplomas and More
Graduates are required to provide their own caps and gowns in the color of their choice. Caps and gowns are available from many online stores including Homeschooldiploma.com, Jostens, Herff Jones, TrimAndTassel.com, and CapAndGowns.com. You may also find recycled caps and gowns from your local support groups, ebay and on craigslist, or make your own! We suggest that you also wear a tassel on your cap that can be switched sides as is customary during graduation.
Families must also provide their own diplomas. Personalized diplomas can be created or ordered from many services online including some of the stores listed above. If you wish to send out invitations and announcements, you may create them, or many of the stores listed above also offer those.
You are welcome to photograph and video tape the ceremony. CHN Expo family photographer Kim Nancarrow will also do graduation sittings at the conference over the course of the weekend. Please see our sessions page for details on booking a sitting with Kim.
We congratulate our 2008 graduates and their families!
2008 ceremony was held on Sunday, August 3rd,
in the Ontario Marriott ballroom.
Do I have to attend the Expo to participate?
All graduating homeschool high school seniors from CHN member
families are invited to participate. If you do attend the Expo
and are registered by the date listed on the graduation registration
form, the graduation fee will be waived.
How does CHN determine eligibility?
does not make the determination, and there is no test, or
other requirement. Each private school determines the requirements
for their school, and that means the parents of the graduate
make that decision. When you decide that your child is ready
to graduate, CHN will be proud to share that moment with you!
do homeschoolers attend graduations?
if you have always done things your way, there's something
about a graduation from high school that is so special. It's
an important milestone! Having a place where you and your
child can be honored, and where your friends and relatives
can be invited can be important.
4. What is a typical CHN graduation like?
most people notice is that it is personal,
and the nicest graduation they have ever attended! The graduate
is not lost in a crowd of 500 kids, so the graduation has
more meaning. A family member presents the diploma to their
graduate, and usually has a few heartfelt things to say to
the child. Sometimes the child responds. It can be a very
touching moment, and is one that will never be forgotten.
5. Do you limit the number of graduates? Why?
Yes, we limit
it to 20 graduates so that it will remain personal.