Register Family with Graduating Student or Students (twins?) for 2020 Virtual Graduation Ceremony.
This year, PHAA invites you to be a part of history by participating in the First-Ever PHAA Premier Graduation Video. Due to Covid 19, we are hosting our graduation on a virtual venue through a video that you can view with family and friends around the country. Family members can even join in on a live chat to share their congratulations with the graduate during the live presentation.
This video will premiere on June 8th at 7:00 PM and will highlight all of the graduates through photos and a narrated biography. We will highlight each graduate in a short video clip (up to 90 seconds) as parents confer the diploma to their son or daughter, shift the graduate's tassel from left side of the cap to right, and say a few words if they wish. The program will also include several performances submitted via video by graduating seniors to showcase a speech, music performance, or unique talent.
The video will be available just before the ceremony begins. It will be linked to at the top of the opening page of this website and also on the PHAA YouTube Channel, which is linked to in the top right corner of our website. You can tell grandparents, extended family members, and friends how they can access the YouTube video if they want to watch it live.
The cost per family to participate is just $20. (Friends and extended family can watch for free.) After registering, families will need to post the following for the video on or before May 15. Click here to post:
- Five photos of the graduate (with one of the photos showing them in cap and gown and one with their family). Caps and gowns can be ordered for $10 for shipping and handling from Claudia Joye - firstname.lastname@example.org. Claudia supplies green caps and gowns, but any color is OK.
- A 50-100 word biography of the graduate.
- An up-to-90-second long .mp4 (the format of videos made by smart phones) video clip showing their parents awarding the diploma case, flipping their hat tassel from their left-side to the right-side and optionally saying a few words. When submitted, these video clips will be included in the program. (If you have two or more students, perhaps twins, from your family graduating this year, please combine both graduations in this video.)
- (optional) An up-to-5-minute performance and/or graduation speech submitted as an .mp4 file. There may not be time to include all speeches and performances in the program. In addition to the quality of the speech or performance, the quality of the video will play a role as to which are chosen. (For best results, make these videos in "landscape" mode so that they can fill the computer screen when the video is watched.)
As soon as the YouTube Graduation video is over on the evening of June 8, a Zoom chat will begin where participants in the ceremony and people enjoying the ceremony can chat live. The link to the Zoom chat will be emailed to you well in advance so that you can share it with friends and family. Alternatively, graduates can set up their own online parties for just their friends and family to start immediately afterwards. These chats will be our virtual equivalent of chatting in the lobby to congratulate graduates after the ceremony.
Click here for more info about PHAA ceremonies.