The 2018 graduation ceremony is Saturday, May 19 at 10:00AM
Reception Immediately Following

Read this information carefully before registering.


Each May we plan and host a graduation ceremony for homeschool students. This is a special way to celebrate their accomplishments and hard work. Congratulations on reaching this milestone!


  • This is NOT a community graduation. This is for students who attend Colonial Baptist Church or participate in one of Colonial’s homeschool programs.
  • Advance registration is required.
  • Deadline to register is 11:00pm on April 2.


Important Dates

  • February, 2018: Registration opens
  • April 2, 2018: 
Registration deadline
May 18, 2018 at 6:00PM: Mandatory Rehearsal, Followed by Optional “Blessing Dessert”
  • May 19, 2018 at 10am: 
Graduation Ceremony with reception following in the Cafe


The registration fee is $80 per graduate.  The $80 fee will cover the following:

  • Rehearsal night Blessing Dessert
  • Yearbook
  • Graduation Day class photo
  • Graduation Day reception for family and friends

Prior To Registration (You will not be able to register  without these.)

  • Gather 3 digital photos: a baby picture, elementary/middle years picture, and recent informal photo of the graduate. These photos will be displayed on the screen during the graduation, and the most recent photo will be used in the yearbook.
  • Prepare a biography of no more than 100 words. This biography will be read while the graduate and parents are on stage. Some suggestions for what to mention include: interests and hobbies; place of birth; names of the immediate family;  awards, honors and scholarships; clubs; community service; church participation; mission trips; favorite verse; University to be attended and future plans. (Optionally, some graduates prepare a second, more lighthearted biography for the yearbook.)
    Here are samples from a previous graduation:

“Annelise Hornack is an 18 year old graduate of her family’s home school, Trinity Academy. She has been home schooled since kindergarten. Activities that she has been involved in through the years are soccer; basketball; violin, including private lessons, orchestra and chamber music group, as well as one year teaching a younger student; and National Honor Society. She will enter University of North Carolina at Charlotte in the fall, with a major in Psychology. Annelise enjoys watching sports, playing soccer and ultimate frisbee, and spending time with good friends.”

“Jonathan Lewis is the son of John and Louise Lewis. Born and raised in Cary, he has been homeschooled his whole life. Jonathan loves to read but not write, play sports, but not run, and watch TV, but not the commercials. Whenever he can, Jonathan can be found spending time with his brothers and friends. He has served in Awana for seven years and will continue to do so in college. A member of the National Honor Society and a National Merit Finalist, Jonathan has taken 39 credit hours from Durham Tech and NC State. In the fall, Jonathan will study environmental engineering at NC State University.”

Graduation Dress Code

  • Black graduation cap and gown in a matte finish. (You must provide your cap and gown.)
  • Each student must wear “church” clothes under the graduation gown.  Modest dresses for girls, dress shirt, tie and dress slacks for boys.
  • Black dress shoes are required for both male and females. (No flip flops or sports shoes.)

Items to Purchase

You will need to bring the following to the graduation ceremony:

  • Black cap and gown in a matte finish.
  • Tassel in a color of your choosing.
  • Diploma and diploma cover. (Black or NCHE Green)
  • Honor cords for students in an Honor Society.
  • Gold stole for students with a GPA of at least 3.75
  • OPTIONAL: If you plan to purchase announcements or invitations, the address is:
    Colonial Baptist Church / 6051 Tryon Road; Cary, NC 27518 / 10:00 AM

One source for obtaining these items is

Blessing Dessert

Following the mandatory rehearsal, graduates and their parents are invited to participate in a special time of blessing and thanksgiving. Parents will have an opportunity to share words of blessing and encouragement to their graduate. Please note that because of the number of graduates, each family will have 3 minutes to share. Therefore, many parents will come with prepared remarks to make the best use of the time. Refreshments will be served.

The rehearsal is mandatory but the Blessing Dessert is optional. This event is for parents and the graduate only. No siblings or other guests.

Senior Display Board –

There is a reception for graduates and guests immediately following the graduation ceremony. Many families display a trifold board or poster that highlights their student’s special moments, awards and certificates that have helped him or her arrive where they are today. These boards will be displayed during the reception.  A senior board is optional, but space for a board must be reserved in advance.


(Remember, you must attend Colonial Baptist Church or participate in one of Colonial’s homeschool programs to participate in this graduation. This is not a community graduation.)  Emails will be our primary form of communication.  You will receive a confirmation email when you register.  If you have any questions, please contact Jonell Williams at

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