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Tidewater Educators Association for Christian
P.O. Box 64516
Virginia Beach, VA 23467-4516
If you are not familiar with T.E.A.C.H.’s Graduation Ceremony, it
can be quite emotional and entertaining . Families are given the
opportunity to present the diploma to their graduates, offer a
charge, a prayer or congratulations, in two minutes or less! Or
the student may wish to use that time to express appreciation to
his/her parents.
The time per family must be limited to 2 minutes out of
consideration for others. We ask you to please stay for the
entire ceremony and share the joy of the day with all those
We need 2 fathers to volunteer for the opening and closing
This year’s reception theme is: Cookies and Fruit.
T.E.A.C.H will supply the décor, sheet cake, punch fountain, and all paper
products. Graduates simply supply and drop off unplated cookies or fruit at
rehearsal. T.E.A.C.H. will plate and serve the food. Please email us with
what item and quantity of what you will be bringing.
There are three MANDATORY MEETINGS that all graduates and parent(s)
must attend prior to graduation:
Monday, February 9, or March 9 2015 7-9:00 pm – Orientation
Christian Community Chapel.
All Payments is required at this time. Graduation affidavits,
applications and order forms must be submitted at this
mandatory meeting.
Monday, May 11th - Final Detail Wrap Up.
Christian Community Chapel.
Friday, May 29, 2015, 7-8:00 pm, Rehearsal
Christian Community Chapel.
This is the graduation rehearsal. Please bring
All fees will be collected at one of the attended orientation
meetings, and should be made payable to T.E.A.C.H. This fee includes
the purchase of one of the 2 packages, the ceremony and the reception
after the ceremony, and a memorable ceremony program including a
biography of each graduate.
Package 1 = $199.00
Cap, tassel and gown unit
Official Class ring
5 Graduation Announcements
Economy name cards
Diploma Cover and Diploma
Package 2 = $125.00
Cap, tassel and gown unit
Diploma Cover and Diploma
Parents are required to turn in a notarized affidavit verifying their
student(s) are indeed homeschooled, and are neither enrolled in
any form of school (other than TCC) nor are participating in any
other graduation ceremony. This affidavit has to be signed and
notarized and turned in with the completed application at
one of the attended orientation meetings. Please note that
the affidavit requires the signature of a notary public – have
this done prior to attending the meeting. We will try to
provide a notary at the meeting, but this is not always possible.
Orders will be taken at one of the attended orientation
meetings for caps, gowns and tassels. Extra tassels may be
ordered if graduates wish to use one in their displays or for some
other purpose. Caps and gowns are royal blue, tassels are blue
and white, and no other regalia (such as gold cords) will be
permitted. If you do not order extra tassels initially, PLEASE do
not ask us to provide them at a later date. Distribution of
caps/gowns/tassels will be picked up date at the May 11th,
meeting from 7-9pm.
Modest attire must be worn under the graduation gown. We will
not be using the white collars that come with the gowns.
Ladies should wear dresses no shorter than two inches above the
knee and with a modest neckline.
Men must wear socks, shoes (no sandals),dark dress pants,
white dress shirt and black tie.
Jeans are not acceptable.
In package 1 you will receive a Jostens Basic style TEACH class ring.
If you would like to upgrade your class ring you may do so by
checking the upgrade box. A Jostens representative will contact
you and set up an appointment to upgrade your ring. The class ring
ceremony will be held at this year’s prom on May 8! Please turn
your form in in at one of the attended orientation meetings.
Deadline for orders to be back by Prom is April 1st . Also, if
your child is not able to attend one of the orientation meetings
please check their right hand ring finger ring size at a local jewelry
store or if they can attend the meeting where a Jostens
representative will size their finger when you
turn in your order.
School Mascot Symbol
School Name
The new Diplomas and padded diploma covers will be supplied
by T.E.A.C.H. and will be signed by the T.E.A.C.H. President.
There is also a line provided on the diploma for a parent
Please write a short paragraph about yourself (10 Sentences maximum) for inclusion in the
graduation program. The volunteer parent coordinator will contact you stating where to email your
bio by April 1, 2015
Some suggested info to include in your biography:
Favorite Scripture
Years of homeschooling
Places of residence
Blessings from the Lord
Anyone you want to thank
Special recognition
Important Life Lessons Learned
Future plans
Involvement in music, sports, contests, missions, community volunteer, service organizations.
For Slide show:
We plan to display on screen a slide show that includes three of each
graduate- baby, youth, and current - The volunteer parent
coordinator will contact you stating where to email the pictures by
April 1, 2015
Cap & Gown or group Portraits: (optional)
There are many photographers who do senior packets, for example
Life Touch/Prestige. Contact: Blair Tompson 420-9417 (handouts
available) At the end of the ceremony there will be an opportunity
for parents to take a group photo of the graduates.
Video: (optional)
We are in the process of looking for someone to help us develop
videotaping of ceremony.
Each graduate will be given 1/3 of an 8ft. table or ½ of a 6ft.
table to display pictures, awards, mementos, academic work or
other interests and activities.
The display tables will be available for setting up at rehearsal .
In the Basic package invitations are the responsibility of the
families of the graduates. These may be ordered from Jostens or
designed yourself and printed on special paper available in
stationery stores. If you selected the Plus package you will receive 5
announcements and name cards. Extra may be ordered through
Please help us by abiding by all required deadlines, so that we will have
time to have everything ready.
Monday, February 9th or March 9th 2015 7-9:00 pm – Orientation
Affidavits, Applications and Order Forms
Wednesday, April 1st - Photos & Bio’s
Monday, May 11th - Final Detail Wrap Up.
Friday, May 29th 2015, 7-8:00 pm, - Rehearsal
This year we are fortunate to have reps from each co-op.
We are always looking for help on the day of the prom for
decorating. Please contact one of the Prom coordinators and
let us know if you can help.
Now accepting Formal Dress Donations for tax deductions or by consignment.
Dress and Accessories Sale - Dress Check –Ticket Sales
Date: TBA
KRT Express Tailor’s Willis Wayside
4216 Va Bch Blvd Ste 150 Virginia Beach, VA 23452
Contact: TBA
If dresses are still available, you will be able to purchase these by contacting:
Martha Blau 757-639-9354 or April Improta 757-641-1571
For more information go to the TEACH Prom web site.
It is an honor for us to be able to help you culminate your
homeschool career on May 30, 2015.
Initial questions?
Please contact the T.E.A.C.H. Board Graduation Coordinators.
Martha Blaummsecretary51@yahoo.com
April Improtamychangingworld@juno.com
For the latest information check out the
T.E.A.C.H. Prom & Graduation Facebook page.
Contact us to be invited