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Class of 2018 Commencement

Dear Class of 2018 and Parents: 

 

Second semester of a student's senior year is filled with much excitement! Soon, graduation day will be upon us. This thought may bring great anticipation and joy, along with some feelings of sadness too, as students begin to realize they will miss classmates and parents witness their child complete a chapter of his or her life.

 

No matter what emotion it brings, this is a time to honor and celebrate the accomplishments of our young graduates. Commencement, afterall, means a new beginning or fresh start.  We wish to make the start of this new journey an extra special occasion for your family!


In order for this day to run smoothly, everyone must do their part. We recommend both parents and graduating seniors read through this information carefully. 

 


Class of 2018 Commencement Rehearsal: Graduates - Be On Time!

Friday, May 25, 12:00 - 1:30 p.m. ~ Kellogg Field

Rehearsal is mandatory! If you are not present at rehearsal, your name will not be read on graduation day. 

  • Please be prompt since we cannot begin until everyone has arrived. The sooner we begin, the sooner you will be finished.
  • We recommend preparing for heat: sunscreen, sunglasses, hats, bottled water.
     

Class of 2018 Commencement Ceremony: Graduates - Be On Time!

Saturday, May 26, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. ~ Kellogg Field
Light reception in the Quad following the ceremony.

  • By 9:30 a.m., graduates are to be lined up behind the bleachers.  DO NOT BE LATE!
  • Arrive dressed in pressed gown, cap with tassel, and any chords or pins you receive at the Awards Assembly on Friday, May 18. 
     

Attire Guidelines Will Be Upheld

Every part of the TKA dress code is still in effect for both rehearsal and graduation and will be strictly enforced. This includes no nose piercings for girls or ear piercings for boys. We do not want to send anyone home, resulting in not being allowed to walk at graduation.

 

Attire guidelines are still in effect for graduates' under-robe attire. If it is something a student would wear to a nice event or a wedding, then it is probably acceptable for graduation.

 

Graduation caps may not be decorated

 

Processional: Students may not carry anything in their hands during the processional; purses, cameras, etc., should be given to parents before the processional. Students may have sunglasses tucked underneath their robe to wear during the ceremony, but sunglasses may not be worn during the processional and when on stage.


Male Graduates

  • Please wear nice dress shoes. (Open-toed shoes, flip flops, sneakers, or canvas shoes are not allowed.)
  • Male graduates are to wear collared shirts, preferably button-down.
  • A tie is recommended, but not mandatory.
  • Nice dress pants or khakis must be worn. (Jeans or shorts are not allowed.)

 

Female Graduates

  • Please wear nice dress shoes. High heels are not recommended since you will be walking on the grass and up several stairs to the stage. (Flip flops are not allowed.)
  • Dresses, dress pants, or a modest skirt with a nice top, blouse, or sweater is appropriate.
  • Dresses and skirts may be no shorter than 6" above the knee measured from a kneeling position, and no slits 6" above the knee.
  • Dresses may not have cut-outs or show cleavage.
  • Strapless, spaghetti strap, or tank top dresses must be worn with a sweater or cover-up at all times.

 

Details for Parents

 

Seating

  • There are no required tickets for graduation, and there is no limit to the number of guests you may invite. Seating will be in chairs on the field and in the stadium bleachers.
  • Seating will be open one hour before the start of the ceremony (9:00 a.m.) and will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Reserved seating is not permitted, so please make sure all family members are present to be seated together.
  • We recommend preparing for heat:  sunscreen, sunglasses, hats, bottled water.

 

Guests With Special Needs

  • Two canopy sections will be available on the field for guests with special needs and the elderly who need to be seated out of the sun.  One additional family member is welcome to sit with them. These are also on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Guests in wheelchairs, or guests with difficulty walking, can be dropped off near the Athletic Office at the front of the school. Ramps will be in place to provide easy access to the field.
  • Handicapped parking will be available in the front parking lot near the Athletic Office.

Lunch Reservations or Party Start Times

  • So that you are not rushed on graduation day, we recommend no earlier than 1:00 p.m. for lunch reservations or party start times.


Cap and Gown Distribution/Graduation Announcements

  • Caps and gowns will be delivered on Tuesday, May 1, at lunchtime in the Quad. Students who have not ordered yet, may order that day. Bring check payable to Herrf Jones for $50.
  • Extra TKA announcements can be purchased in the SAO while supplies last.  The cost is $10 for packs of 5 announcements; checks payable to "Herff Jones."

Photos of Graduates, DVD of Ceremony, Orchid Leis

  • DVDs: We contract with a company called "GradMemory" to provide a professional videotape of the ceremony and presentation of diplomas in a professionally-packaged design that can be personalized with your student's name and photo. The DVD costs $29.99 (plus shipping and tax) and will be mailed directly to you. View DVD flyer here. Order online here.

  • Orchid Leis for Graduates: Order leis here. The cost is $20, and proceeds benefit the Cross Country team. Pre-ordered leis will be available for pickup in the Athletic Quad starting one hour before the graduation ceremony.

  • Photos: Now & Forever Studios will take a photo of each student shaking hands with Principal Meadows when receiving his or her certificate. Beginning Thursday, June 7, you may review the pictures and order prints online, and your order will be shipped to your home. View the photo flyer here.
      

Our staff members appreciate parents' efforts to make sure your student adheres to these guidelines. We are excited about this milestone event in your student's life and look forward to celebrating with you. Please contact us with any questions you might have. 

 

George Parsons –  Dean of Students
george.parsons@tka.org or (408) 481-9900 x4230

 

Kriss Hayward – Public Relations Director
kriss.hayward@tka.org or (408) 481.9900 x4235 

The King's Academy is a Christ-centered school that inspires academic excellence,
servant leadership, and enduring relationships.

 
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