CHEO Commencement Ceremonycelebrating a milestone...with you!
When and Where
May 27, 2023!
Location: Mount Vernon Nazarene University Chapel
800 Martinsburg Road, Mt. Vernon, Ohio
Sept.7 – Oct. 31
Nov. 1 – January 31
Feb. 1 – March 10
We would appreciate both the graduate and parents reading through all the
commencement information below 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 also be worn.
No visible tattoos
Parents will also be participating in the ceremony and will be on stage with their graduates. Parents may use the same guidelines 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.
Thank you for your understanding and support.
Photos 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 March 10, 2023 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 March 10, 2023.
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...
Program Schedule for 2023:
Registration Begins @ 1:00
Music Begins @ 2:30
Ceremony begins @ 3:00
Opening Prayer: John Elsey, CHEO Leadership Team
Welcome: CHEO Leadership Team
Speaker: Dr. Anthony R. Silvestro, Jr.
Conferring of Diplomas and Flowers
Closing Commencement Challenge
Presentation of Graduating Class
Dr. Anthony R. Silvestro, Jr., was once an unsaved evolutionist but now is an avid Biblical creationist – teaching adults and kids alike that God didn’t create man from ape-like creatures, and that the Bible can be trusted from beginning to end, starting with the book of Genesis!
After years of training and self-study, Dr. Silvestro speaks for both Creation Training Initiative, with former Answers in Genesis speaker, Mike Riddle, and Striving For Eternity Ministries, with Pastor Andrew Rappaport, on many popular topics. Christians have benefitted by his teaching at conferences, youth groups, and Christian radio shows, including ApologeticsLive.com.
Dr. Silvestro resides in a suburb of Cleveland, OH, with his wife Julie, and
his son, Anthony III.
Registration for the 2023 Commencement is open until January 31st.
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!