Central Maine Homeschool Expo Graduation Guidelines
Please review all of the guidelines set out in this document. We may not have time to
rehearse prior to the start of the ceremony. It will help make the ceremony go smoothly
if all of these guidelines have been reviewed prior to the day of the ceremony.
Members of Guilford Christian Academy will be receiving diplomas from GCA signed by
Jim White, parents will also need to sign one side of the diploma so please find Trisha prior to the
ceremony. All non-members should plan to meet with Trisha White prior to the ceremony in order to sign
their graduate’s diploma. These must be signed prior to the ceremony.
We will be in the back of the room prior to the ceremony for signing.
The following questions should also be answered. Please use the form that has
been set up for this purpose below.
If you do not have easy access to the internet and/or a scanner, all photos, handwritten
notes, and answers to the graduation questions may be mailed to Guilford Christian Academy 64 E. Main
St. Ste A1, Dover Foxcroft, ME 04426. Original photos will be returned at the graduation
ceremony. Please mark all photos with the graduates name on the back
(lightly) or send them on a computer disk if able.
If you have not received your gown, mortarboard, and tassel prior to
the Saturday before the event, please make sure to contact us.
Graduates will need to meet in the hallway 30 minutes prior to the
start of the ceremony at 5:30 pm. They will be lined up alphabetically by last name as this is
how they will be announced for receiving their diplomas. Graduates should plan to walk
at a slow but steady pace to the front of the room. Once there, they should line up in
front of the row of chairs to their right. Once all graduates are standing in front of their
chairs and the music stops, they should sit.
Parents will be presenting the diploma to their child. You will have some time to say a
few brief statements. Please try to keep this to no more than 3-5 minutes total.
5:30 pm Procession of Graduates (Paulie Heath will be singing TBD)
5:35 pm Slideshow of photos and bios (Paulie Heath will sing TBD)
5:40 pm Jim White to speak
5:45 pm Diplomas presented by parents
6:00 pm Mike Heath to deliver Graduation Address
6:20 pm Recessional (Paulie Heath will sing TBD)
6:30 pm Reception
Once the keynote speaker has finished their address, all the graduates should stand
and face the audience. At this point, they will move their tassel from the right side to the
left side as a symbol of their graduation. As Mrs. Heath begins to sing, they should walk
slowly out of the room and gather at the back of the room.
We ask that all graduates dress accordingly. This is a formal occasion. No immodest
dress. Men should wear a light-colored shirt and tie and dress pants. Ladies should
wear a knee-length skirt or dress in a light color. No immodest dress, please. Dark colors
will show through your gown.
Please note that all graduation caps should be worn flat on the head, not tipped forward
or back. Ladies may need to use bobby pins to secure them. Gentleman, please be
sure to remove them for prayers.
At the immediate close of the ceremony, we would ask all graduates and parents to go
back to the front of the room so that photos can be taken. Photos will be taken of just
the graduate, the graduate and their parents, all the graduates together and all the
graduates with Mike & Paulie Heath and Jim & Trisha White.
There will be a cake reception after the ceremony.
If you would like to put together a small table display about your graduate, we will have
space in the room for these to be displayed. The display can include a cardboard trifold with information
about the graduate’s accomplishments. Consider making the display give an overall snapshot of what the
graduate is like. Please keep display to one board or trifold.