CHEO Commencement Ceremonycelebrating a milestone...with you!
When and Where
August 8, 2020!
We are excited to be once again in the R. R. Hodges Chapel on the beautiful campus of
Mount Vernon Nazarene University, located in Mount Vernon, Ohio!
*800 Martinsburg Road~Mount Vernon, Ohio~
Aug. 23 – Oct. 31
Nov. 1 – January 31
Feb. 1 – June 7
Due to COVID-19 issues, the date for the 2020 Commencement has changed to August 8th.
Registration will remain open until June 7.
We would appreciate both the graduate and parents reading through all the
commencement information before registering for this event.
CHEO held the first homeschool Commencement Ceremony in 1992. The purpose for this event:
1. To bring honor and glory to God.
2. To act as ambassadors for home education in Ohio by demonstrating educational excellence, perseverance and faithfulness.
3. To celebrate with the graduates and their families at the end of a wonderful journey.
In order to assure that this ceremony is held to the highest possible standards, the CHEO Board has included a simple application process that began with the Graduating Class of 2005.
Application includes some of the following:
1. Graduates agree to comply with modest dress requirements and appropriate behavior expectations.
2. Parents will need to be current members of CHEO.
3. Parents must have notified their local superintendent (per the homeschool regs) for the graduate’s senior year.
4. 100% of academics need to be generally directed and provided by the parents. This may include dual enrollment.
5. The registration fee covers the cost of a graduation cap/gown/tassel, a beautiful diploma provided for the parents to confer on the student, and all handling/shipping fees. The cap/gown are the CHEO color of Peacock Teal and will belong to the student after the event.
It is our desire to maintain the highest standards for this ceremony. Therefore, we ask that all graduates follow these simple dress code guidelines:
Dress slacks with dress shirts and ties
No visible tattoos
Dresses with a modest neckline. Hems need to fall at least to the knees. Knee length skirts w/modest shirts may be worn as well.
No visible tattoos
Parents will also be participating in the ceremony and will be on stage with their graduates. Parents may use the same quidelines in deciding what they wish to wear for the afternoon.
Code of Conduct:
We want all families and guests to thoroughly enjoy this day. Therefore we would ask that everyone be respectful and courteous to all involved…to God’s glory.
Photo and Student Biography
There will be a beautiful slide show presentation during the ceremony. Participation is completely voluntary.
If your graduate wishes to be included in this presentation, please electronically submit two photographs. One needs to be a baby or “younger” picture, the second one should be a current pic of the graduate.
All pictures must be in jpeg format 300 dpi. They must be attached to the e-mail, not embedded.
Pictures need to be submitted no later than June 7, 2020 to be included in the slide show. Please be sure to label the pictures with the graduate’s name when you send the picture attachment to: firstname.lastname@example.org
A brief student biography will be included in the event program. There is a space in the registration form for this to be included, but if families need a little additional time to write, the bio can be turned into the office by April 6th.
The biography can be written by the student or the parents and should not be more than 100 words.
Here are a couple of examples:
Harrison D. Bennett
Harrison has been homeschooled from Kindergarten through 12th grade and has truly been a joy to teach. He has many interests, but his favorites include playing soccer on a local team, learning bass quitar, and studying graphic design. He has also enjoyed helping with the local YMCA Kids program and being a part of the church youth group. He plans to pursue a degree in engineering at OSU in the fall and is excited for this next adventure.
Marie C. Shelby
A message from Marie:
I am so excited to be graduating this year! I appreciate all the time and effort that my parents have given to my education and know that this foundation will serve me well as I move into the future. I will be attending Auburn University in the fall to pursue Equine Studies and Veterinarian Studies.
Schedule for the Day...
For Participating Parents and Graduates:
1:00 Sign-in begins for graduates at the chapel
1:30 Rehearsal – Parents and Graduates only
3:00 Prelude Music begins
3:30 Commencement Service
The service usually concludes around 5:00.
Tentative Program for 2020:
Processional: Audience will be standing
Opening Prayer: John Elsey, CHEO Leadership Team
Welcome: CHEO Leadership Team
Speaker: Ohio Supreme Court Justice Judi French
Conferring of Diplomas and Flowers
Closing Commencement Challenge
Presentation of Graduating Class:
Recessional: Audience will be standing
Commencement Speaker: Ohio Supreme Court Justice Judi French
Justice Judi French became the 155th justice of the Ohio Supreme Court in January of 2013. After a public service career spanning two decades, Justice French takes her role on the bench very seriously as she seeks to represent Ohioans by upholding the constitution and ensuring the intent of the constitution is held to a high standard.
She has earned a reputation as a conservative judge who understands how to constitutionally interpret laws of Ohio fairly with respect to the unique role of each branch of state government.
She served 8 years as a judge on the Tenth District Ohio Court of Appeals and 7 years as a justice on the Supreme Court of Ohio. Prior to that experience she served as lead counsel, on behalf of the Ohio Attorney General, for the Cleveland School Voucher case and masterfully argued that case to a favorable (5-4) decision by the U.S. Supreme Court. (Zelman v. Simmons-Harris, 2002). She spent time with families that would be affected by the outcome of this case and used her skills and talents to passionately stand for these families before the high court.
Countdown to the Ceremony
CHEO is happy to celebrate this wonderful milestone with you and other homeschool families from across the state. Our desire is to provide a program that is encouraging to
all who participate…and ultimately bring glory to God!