8th Grade Promotion

Dear 8th Grade Students and Parents:


The King's Academy is excited to honor our 8th grade students at the Promotion Ceremony in May. This event is called a "Promotion Ceremony" to recognize a milestone which is uniquely important but does not confer a degree to the students, as does a graduation ceremony. The 8th Grade Promotion Ceremony is a tradition at TKA and includes student speakers, student performances, and an address by a staff speaker selected by student vote. Additionally, the students will be individually called on stage to receive a certificate.

For your convenience, 8th grade promotion details are provided below. We encourage both parents and students to read this letter in its entirety. We look forward to honoring the accomplishments of our 8th grade students and celebrating this special time with your family and friends. 


Should a student not be participating in the 8th Grade Promotion ceremony, please notify Kriss Hayward, Director of Marketing & Communications.


Mandatory Promotion Rehearsal:  8th Grade Students - Be On Time!

Thursday, May 23, 12:30-1:45 p.m. ~ Paul M. Spates Memorial Gymnasium

  • Rehearsal is mandatory!  If you are not present at rehearsal, your name will not be read on the day of ceremony.  Please be prompt since we cannot begin until everyone has arrived. The sooner we begin, the sooner you will be finished.

Promotion Ceremony:  8th Grade Students - Be On Time!

Friday, May 24, 5:00-6:30 p.m. ~ Paul M. Spates Memorial Gymnasium

Light reception in the Quad following the ceremony.

  • By 4:30 p.m., students meet in the Athletic Quad behind the gym to be lined up for the processional. DO NOT BE LATE!
  • At this time, NJHS and CJSF members will receive their honorary cords to wear during the ceremony and to keep.  These honors are also noted next to student names in the Promotion program.
  • Please note it is often windy and cool this time of day, so students and guests should dress appropriately since the reception after the ceremony will be held outdoors on the Quad.

Attire Guidelines Will Be Upheld

  • Rehearsal:  EVERY part of the TKA dress code is still in effect for both rehearsal and the promotion ceremony. We do not want to send anyone home, resulting in not being able to participate in the ceremony.  

  • Promotion Ceremony:  Students are to wear their "Sunday best."  If it is something your student would wear to an Easter service or a wedding, then it is probably acceptable for the promotion ceremony. Students may not carry anything in their hands; purses, cameras, etc., should be given to parents before the processional.



  • Nice dress shoes must be worn (no open-toed shoes, flip flops, sneakers, or canvas shoes).
  • Shirts must have a collar.
  • Nice slacks or dress pants must be worn (no jeans or shorts).
  • A tie is recommended but not required.


  • Nice dress shoes must be worn (no flip flops or sneakers). Very high heels are not recommended since students will be walking up stairs to the stage in order to receive their certificate. 
  • Tops must have a modest neckline (no cleavage showing).
  • Dresses, a modest skirt, or dress pants are 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.
  • Strapless, spaghetti strap, or tank top dresses must be worn with a lightweight jacket or sweater at all times.

Details for Parents

  • Seating: There are no required tickets for the ceremony, and there is no limit to the number of guests you may invite. Seating will be in chairs on the floor of the gym, behind the students, and also in the bleachers. Seating will be open one hour before the start of the ceremony (4:00 p.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. 

  • Guests With Special Needs:  A section on the gym floor will be reserved for guests with special needs and the elderly who cannot climb stairs.  One other family member is welcome to sit with them.  Guests in wheelchairs or guests with difficulty walking can be dropped off near the TKA Athletic Office.  From there, they will have easy access to the gym.

  • Dinner Reservations:  There will be a light reception in the Quad with drinks, fruit, and cookies served.  This provides a time for students to mingle with their friends and family as well as take pictures. We recommend making dinner reservations no earlier than 7:00 p.m.
  • Invitations:  Invitations announcing the 8th grade promotion ceremony are available in the Main Office and SAO.  You may pick up copies if you would like to distribute them to family and friends. The invitation is linked here if you would like to email it to your guests. 

  • Photos:  Now & Forever Studios will take a photo of each student shaking hands with Mr. Ferrante, Junior High School Principal, or Mr. Scott Meadows, Head of School, when receiving his or her certificate. Beginning Thursday, June 6, you may review the pictures and order prints online, and your order will be shipped to your home. Instructions on how to view and order photos here.

  • Videotaping:  Parents may videotape the ceremony as long as they do not obstruct the view of any other guest and the aisles are kept clear at all times.

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


Kriss Hayward – Director of Marketing & Communications or (408) 481.9900 x4235

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