2014 MTHEA Graduation

Graduation Day

May 24, 2104 at 1:00 PM
Christ Church, Nashville
15354 Old Hickory Blvd., Nashville TN 37211

Graduation Mandatory Meeting/Rehearsal
Wednesday, April 2, 2014 at 1:00 PM

for all registered graduation students and at least one parent
(arrive at 12 noon to make final payments)
Christ Church, Nashville
15354 Old Hickory Blvd., Nashville TN 37211


If you have a senior graduating this year, don't miss your opportunity to participate!
Fill out the Intent to Graduate form below and be sure to send your deposit in to
reserve your spot by mailing a check or paying online.

Click here to print an Intent to Graduate form

To reserve your spot, please send in your deposit by January 15, 2014.
We will accept students after this deadline if we have not reached our maximum capacity.
The remainder is due at (or before) the Mandatory Student/Parent Meeting.
Of course, you can just pay in full now to avoid any hassles later!

Pay Online:


Important Deadlines

Here is a list of dates and deadlines. Please refer to the Graduation Handbook for details and explanations:

By February 15th:

  • Intent to graduate form with a $100 deposit (Cap and gown measurements need to be submitted with this form. Any cap and gown order submitted after Feb. 15th will have an additional $10 fee from the supplier)

By March 15th:

  • Long and short biographies
  • Student Speaker application

By April 2nd (Mandatory Rehearsal):

  • $140 Balance
  • 1 childhood and 1 current picture emailed


About MTHEA Graduation

MTHEA provides a high school graduation ceremony for its members. When preparing for the ceremony each year, the graduation committee focuses on two themes: To Give Honor and To Walk in Excellence. Our objective is to honor God, the graduates, and their families as we celebrate the lives of some of Middle Tennessee’s finest students.

The volunteer graduation committee spends an entire year putting together the details that make up a beautiful day for our graduates and their families. From caps and gowns to cake and punch, we seek to bring all the essentials together in a manner that reflects excellence and provides a beautiful memory for all who attend.

Preparations begin early in the fall of the graduates’ senior year. The graduation committee announces the plans for the graduation and invites all seniors to begin the process. Students and their families who desire to participate in the graduation ceremony must be MTHEA members, and they must complete an “Intent to Graduate” form (located in Jonathan’s Arrow and on the website) and mail it in along with a $100 non-refundable deposit; the balance of funds will be due later in the year. The family will receive a packet that contains detailed information on what is needed from the graduate to participate in the ceremony. The packet includes documents to be completed by the parents, as well as the graduate:

  • Biography Form: used to make our graduation program.
  • Speaker Form: * optional * Students complete if they wish to be considered as one of the graduation speakers (one male and female are chosen from the applicants).
  • Outstanding Senior Form: * optional * Form is completed and mailed into the MTHEA office. One male and one female are chosen by blind ballot from the MTHEA Board members to receive a recognition certificate and a $500 scholarship. The honorees are presented during the graduation ceremony and also at THEA’s Rally Day in the spring.

MANDATORY REHEARSAL: Our Mandatory Meeting & Rehearsal will be held in April, at the church where graduation will take place. At least one parent AND the graduate must attend this meeting. This is a mandatory requirement for the family. We will discuss details, gather final information for the event, and conduct a walk-through rehearsal of the ceremony. It is VITAL that each family be represented so they will know what to expect and where to go on the day of graduation. If a family is not represented at the rehearsal, they will forfeit their space in graduation, with no refund of fees.

Early in the spring, we will contact our graduates with information regarding optional items such as ordering announcements, class rings, Teen Banquet, etc.

The following is a short description of what you can expect to experience at an MTHEA Graduation Commencement Ceremony:

The day of the ceremony begins early, as families gather at 9:00 a.m. We discuss final details of the day and answer last-minute questions. We also take group and family photographs prior to the ceremony using professional photographers. The group photo is taken with all the graduates wearing their caps and gowns. Following the group photo, the graduates have pictures taken with their parents. These pictures are included in the graduation package and are received several weeks after graduation. After photos are taken, families are free to have lunch at one of the local restaurants.

Guests usually begin arriving around 12:30 p.m. to the quiet strains of a stringed ensemble. As guests enter the church, they are greeted with poster-sized picture boards of all of the graduates. This is an optional item that families may choose to create for their student. Easels line the vestibule and hallways with photo boards depicting the lives of these students who are graduating and moving into a new season.

The ceremony begins promptly at 1:00 p.m. There is a special seating section reserved for the parents of graduates who are participating in the ceremony. Seating for all other family members and friends is first-come-first-serve.

The ceremony begins with a Power Point presentation of the graduates. Each student is represented with a baby photo and a current photo, displayed while music is played. At the end of this presentation, a kilted bagpiper leads the graduates into the sanctuary for the processional. Once graduates are seated, the guests are welcomed, a hymn is sung, and the speakers are introduced.

After the keynote address, parents take their places in preparation for the presentation of the graduates. As each name is called, a short biography is read aloud. The parents walk onto the stage and meet their graduate at mid-stage. As the mother receives a rose from her graduate, she moves the tassel on the cap while the father presents the diploma. There is always applause and cheering through this memorable time. The sight of this “dance” between parents and graduates is a moving experience for everyone.

After the graduating class has been presented and they have tossed their mortarboards into the air, the bagpiper leads them out of the sanctuary.  A light refreshment reception is prepared and ready for all graduates, families and guests. A videographer is on-site during the entire event, capturing the formal events as well as random shots before the ceremony and again throughout the reception. A DVD copy of this video is part of the graduation package.

At the end of their home educating careers, graduates and parents alike are at a new phase in their lives. The MTHEA Graduation Ceremony is a beautiful way to commemorate this special time for homeschooling families. Whether or not you have a graduate, this ceremony is one that continues to inspire and uplift all who attend. We are always very proud to be a part of this unique and exceptional occasion, and we hope to see you there!

If you are the parent of a senior this year and would like to participate in our graduation ceremony, please be sure to watch for registration deadlines in upcoming issues of Jonathan’s Arrow and on our website.

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