2019 PHAA Graduation Ceremonies
You have your choice of two PHAA graduation ceremonies:
- Our Western PA Ceremony will be Thursday June 6, 2019, from 7-9 pm, in Levy Hall, Rodef Shalom Synagogue (4905 Fifth Ave, Pittsburgh PA 15213). There is free parking in the parking lot in back of the synagogue. [Note: All synagogues in Pittsburgh, including Rodef Shalom, greatly enhanced their security with armed guards following the Tree of Life shooting.]
- The Eastern PA Ceremony is Monday, June 10, 2019, from 7-9 pm at Bomberger Hall, Ursinus College (601 E. Main ST, Collegeville PA 19426), about 10 miles north of Valley Forge.
Everyone, except the graduates, must purchase tickets to attend a ceremony. Cost per ticket is just $5 (graduating seniors don't need ticket). Click here to buy tickets with PayPal or Credit Card.
Each graduation ceremony will begin with graduates proceeding into the hall in caps and gowns, accompanied by Pomp and Circumstance. Graduates will sit together in a reserved section in front. Following the Invocation and Commencement address, selected students will give 5-minute speeches sharing highlights of their homeschooling, interspersed with poetry, dance, and musical performances by graduates and their families. At the end of the evening, families will come up on the stage one by one to award graduates their diplomas. At the closing the graduates will lead a procession out of the auditorium.
Cap and Gown
Graduates will wear a variety of colors of caps and gowns and tassels at the ceremony in order to represent the diversity of homeschooling. You can borrow or purchase caps and gowns and tassels from any source you wish
Graduates:You have to be receiving your diploma from PHAA to participate. Please send in the Diploma Request Form with final transcript and evaluation letters at least two weeks before the ceremony!
June 1: Perform at Ceremony. Those graduates who want to speak or perform at the ceremony must email us (email@example.com) or mail us an audio file, a description of the performance, or an outline of the speech so that it arrives by this date.
June 1: Biography Listing in Program. All graduates receiving their diploma at a ceremony must e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org) or snail mail (postmarked by this date) a 50-word biography by this date so that it can be printed in the program. These bios should be written in 3rd person, and include hometown, how long student has homeschooled, special interests, accomplishments, and future goals.
Until day before ceremony (unless sold out): Buy Tickets for $5 each. You can pay for them here using PayPal or a credit card. (If you can still order online, they are not sold out!)
[Note: The photos across the top of this website are from the 2009 ceremony in Harrisburg.]