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The IFHS takes pride in presenting its annual statewide graduation ceremony for homeschool students in Indiana. Here is an overview of what's included when you register for graduation:
Professional, well-planned ceremony
Opportunities for graduates
Two ways to pay:
Note: Participation is limited to the first 80 families who have registered and paid.
The commencement includes two speeches from graduates. These graduate speeches are selected from the annual speech contest. For more information on how to enter the speech contest, go to the Speech Contest page.
IFHS awards up to four scholarships to graduates participating in the graduation ceremony.
A committee will meet to determine the scholarship winners. The committee’s decision is revealed during the ceremony. The committee’s decision is final.
Each scholarship is worth $1000 and is non-renewable.
To be eligible for the scholarship, graduates must:
To download and print the Scholarship Application, click here.
There are opportunities for graduates who have musical talents to participate in the ceremony. Participation may be vocal or instrumental. Graduates who participate musically in the ceremony must audition in one of two ways:
IMPORTANT: You must have submitted a paid registration on or before April 1 to be considered. All audition videos must arrive no later than April 8, 2017.
Each graduate will be allowed to submit brief information about their future plans, achievements, etc. for the PowerPoint slide, which is shown as they receive their diploma. Please refer to the following slide guidelines:
Here are a few examples of slide content:
Christopher James Smith
Career Goal: Robot Technician College: Union Bible College
Award: Presidential Scholarship Hobbies: Reading, hunting
College: Marian University Major Field of Study: English/Communication
Interests: Youth group, drama
Kimberly A. Brown
Career Goal: Piano teacher Achievements: 10-Year 4-H Member
Hobbies: Working with children, riding horses
Please send an email with this information on or before May 1 to email@example.com. Please include "PowerPoint Copy" in the subject line of your email. We will email you a reminder, but please respond in a timely manner.
Note: If you fail to submit PowerPoint information on or before May 1, only the graduate’s name will appear on the slide. There will be no opportunity to place additional information on the slide, and absolutely no changes will be made the day of graduation.
We are privileged to have ProPhotoSolution as our graduation photographer. The owner and photographer, Wilson Cabral, works hard to offer high quality photos to celebrate this special time. To see samples of his senior pictures, please check out his website at prophotosolution.com. This year’s graduation photography experience is designed to make the process simple and easy.
If you have questions, please contact the Registration Chair, Valorie Gelwicks, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A lunch will be available on-site on the day of graduation. Lunch will consist of:
A vegetarian or gluten-free option will be a substitution of a side salad for the sandwich. Please specify if you want either of these options.
The graduate's lunch is included in the cost of graduation. Additional lunches for parents or other friends or family are available for $7.00 each.
All additional lunches must be pre-purchased on or before April 22 if paid by mail, or on or before May 1 if paid online. Lunches will not be sold on graduation day.
Two ways to pay:
All mailed payments must be postmarked on or before April 22.
All online payments must be made on or before May 1.
If you would like to bring your own lunch, you may eat it in our dining room.
To download and print the Lunch Reservation Form, click here. This is not required if you are paying online.
All registered graduates are required to wear graduation regalia, including a cap, gown, and tassel. Regalia items are not included in the graduation fee.
Some families purchase new regalia for each graduate, while others choose to borrow or reuse caps and gowns. Graduates are welcome to personalize their gowns with stoles or cords, and graduates may wear any color they wish.
There are numerous places to purchase quality caps and gowns. Some frequently used regalia vendors are listed below. Make sure to place orders for caps and gowns as early as possible. The closer it gets to May, the longer the shipping time.
Recommended Vendors for Caps and Gowns
NOTE: Remember that professionally-made diplomas and covers are already included with your registration; you need not purchase diplomas.
You can make changes to your registration until May 1 when the registration process closes. If you need to change any information on your registration, do not submit a new registration. Instead, please email email@example.com.
Direct any questions to Valorie Gelwicks at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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2017 Graduation Speaker: Dr. Jay L. Wile
Jay Wile learned about his love for chemistry when his parents bought him his first chemistry set. Many stink bombs and a few explosions later, he was hooked! Although he considered careers as a concert pianist and as an actor, his first love of chemistry eventually won out and he earned his PhD in nuclear chemistry from the University of Rochester in upstate New York. For several years, he did research in the field under the auspices of the Department of Energy and the National Science Foundation. This research led to several grants and many publications. While doing research, Dr. Wile was also an assistant professor of chemistry.
Dr. Wile's love of science is demonstrated by the many awards he has won for excellence in teaching and research. He has also presented numerous lectures on the topics of Nuclear Chemistry, Christian Apologetics, Homeschooling, and Creation vs. Evolution. He has published 30 articles on these subjects in nationally-recognized, peer-reviewed journals, and has 9 books to his credit, most of which belong to the award-winning Exploring Creation with series of junior-high and high-school science courses. His latest book is Discovering Design with Chemistry, a new high school chemistry course.