The 2014 MPE Graduation Ceremony will take place Friday, May 16, 6:30 p.m. at the College Church of the Nazarene (2020 E. Sheridan Ave., Olathe, KS 66062).
Students must have declared their intentions to graduate in the 2014 MPE graduation ceremony by October 1, 2013. No appeals are accepted after this.
Please email mpe2014graduatesyahoocom for more information.
- MPE Graduation Requirements
- MPE Graduation Contract - to be printed, signed and returned by all graduates and their parent/s.
The MPE 2012 Graduation DVDs are now available for pick-up. As a reminder, each family has already paid for one DVD as part of the original $125 graduation fee, so there is no additional cost involved. Here are some other key points to keep in mind:
• The DVDs can be picked up in the MPE office, which is located in the basement of Providence Community Church, the same church where we held all of our monthly meetings leading up to our graduation ceremony (10113 Lenexa Drive Lenexa, KS)
• The office is typically open from 1-4PM, Tuesday-Friday. However, it is highly recommended that you call in advance, before you make the trip in, to confirm that someone will in fact be in the office. (Phone 913-599-0311)
• You are strongly encouraged to pick up your copy as soon as possible. (Please note that any DVD that is not picked up by the end of the year may be made available for purchase by others who have expressed an interest in having more than one copy.)
The high school graduation requirements for Kansas:
KS Board of Regents – Curriculum requirements for college preparatory high school graduation are undergoing change. You can click on the links on this webpage for the requirements currently, and the requirements for those graduating 2014 – 15 and after.
The high school graduation requirements for Missouri:
MPE Graduation Ceremony Purpose Statement
Graduation symbolizes a “trophy presentation” where the individual trophies are, in essence, the graduates themselves. It is to His glory that these “trophies” are laid at the feet of the King of Kings, Jesus Christ. Thus, this ceremony is to focus, not on the graduates or their families, but on bringing honor and glory to our Savior.
The ceremony is to be considered a praise service to God, designed as a public display of the gratitude of the graduates and their parents for being given the privilege of home schooling. It is also to demonstrate the thankfulness of the graduates for their parents, as well as other relatives and friends, who were used by God to shape the lives and character of those graduates for future service to the Master.
Special care is to be given in the design of the ceremony to avoid any self-centered and inappropriate focus upon any individual graduate or parent by way of disrespectful attire, comments, gestures, noises, or any other activity that distracts from the God-centered intent of this event.
Graduation Procedures and Guidelines for MPE High School Graduation
MPE’s Board of Directors will appoint the Board Graduation Committee to oversee the annual graduation of MPE seniors. The Committee will be functionally responsible for facilities, appeals, liaison with the graduation ceremony treasurer, ceremony (screening of speeches and pictures, colors, music for processional/recessional, etc.), policy confirmation/documentation, program, budget and recruiting of the Graduation Coordinator.
A graduation committee of the students and their parents will be formed, and the parents are responsible for the final outcome of the decisions made. Because the graduation is representative of the homeschool community, it is required that parents attend one designated meeting to discuss conduct and behavior of the students during the ceremony. All unresolved problems are to be presented to the MPE Board Graduation Committee.
MPE is a Christian organization, and all graduation ceremonies shall reflect those views as stated in the MPE by-laws. No other religious text will be read and no other gods prayed to during a MPE graduation ceremony. MPE will sponsor as many graduations as the committee decides is necessary as long as there is a minimum of five graduates participating in each ceremony. MPE will assist in defraying the following costs of each graduation: facility, reception, and printed programs. The board will consider assisting with other costs that might present a hardship to the families of the graduates. All ceremonies will be coordinated through the same committee.
Requirements to Graduate
The family of each student wishing to graduate must have been a member of MPE since September 30 of the previous school year. This deadline shall be published in the MPE newsletter in June, August, September, and October. Seniors (or juniors considering early graduation) must declare their intentions to participate in a MPE graduation ceremony by October 1.
A graduating senior (or a representative from his/her family) is expected to attend any and all meetings set by the committee unless excused by the committee chairman. A portion of the fees required of each student might not be refundable. If a student decides not to graduate with MPE, fees will not be refunded if they have already been included in payments made for any portion of a ceremony.
If a student does not qualify initially to participate in a MPE graduation ceremony, appeals can be made in either written or verbal form to the MPE Board of Directors. The Board alone reserves the right to determine whether a student under special circumstances may or may not participate in a graduation ceremony. No appeals will be accepted after October 1.
One of the stated purposes in the MPE Graduation Ceremony Purpose Statement is: “Special care is to be given in the design of the ceremony to avoid any self-centered and inappropriate focus upon any individual graduate or parent by way of disrespectful attire…” In keeping with this policy, the MPE Board has established the following dress code guidelines for the graduation rehearsal and ceremony.
Young Men Graduation Rehearsal Business casual, i.e., Docker-type slacks, shirt with collar, shoes. No shorts, T-shirts, shirts with a logo on. No body piercing displays of any kind, including earrings. Hair neat and natural color (no purple, green, blue, etc.). No denim allowed.
Young Men Graduation Ceremony The same guidelines as for the rehearsal except as follows: Dress pants, dress shirt with collar and tie, dress shoes.
Young Ladies Graduation Rehearsal and Ceremony Dresses or skirts required at least knee-length or longer. No slits above the knee. No denim allowed. No strapless, spaghetti-strap, halter-top or see-through blouses or dresses. No cleavage or exposed midriff (including when arms are raised or bending over) No undergarments exposed. No body piercing displays other than pierced ears.
If a prospective graduate does not wish to abide by the MPE Graduation Dress Code, they are welcome to not participate. The graduation ceremony is a privilege, not a requirement or a right.