Graduation Deadlines Approaching!

Raven School Counseling Office - May 9, 2016

Calling All Seniors!

We have been trying to contact ALL of our seniors to offer support and answer any questions. If you haven't heard from us, it is likely that our contact information for you is out of date; please get in touch with us at your earliest convenience. If you have any questions or concerns about graduation, we are available to help.


Ryan Tilbury (school counselor) | rtilbury@yksd.com | 907-374-9432

Amanda York (counseling intern) | ayork@yksd.com | 907-374-9432

Joan Jones (Advisory Teacher) | jjones@yksd.com | 907-374-9427

Heidi Wright (Advisory Teacher) | hwright@yksd.com | 907-374-9423

Steve Barnes (Advisory Teacher) | sbarnes@yksd.com | 907-374-9401

Graduation Rehearsal/Decorating

1:30 pm | Wednesday, May 25, 2016 | Pioneer Park Civic Center

*This is required for all graduates*


Graduation Ceremony

6:30 pm | Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Pioneer Park Civic Center

2300 Airport Way

Fairbanks, AK 99701

*Seniors who leave between rehearsal and the ceremony must arrive back before 5:30 pm*

Final Graduation Meeting

Tuesday, May 10th, 2pm

Raven Homeschool, 4762 Old Airport Road, Fairbanks, AK, United States

It is very important that you attend this meeting, if at all possible. The final graduation meeting will be about tying up loose ends. We want to make sure that all requirements have been met and all materials for the ceremony have been turned in. We will also be handing out graduation gowns to all attending seniors.


If you know you can make it, please RSVP so we have an idea of who to expect. If you cannot make it, please be sure to contact either Ryan or Amanda (contact information at the top of the page) no later than May 13th so we can make sure we have everything we need for the ceremony.

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Graduation is only a couple of weeks away!

Caps and gowns are in for families to pick up before the ceremony. We will be handing them out during the final graduation meeting, but they can also be picked up anytime during office hours. Please get them as soon as you can, so they can be hung to de-wrinkle.


We are also still needing photos, quotes, and biographies for many students. If you haven't turned these in yet, please email them to your teacher or counselor ASAP.

Notes to Parents

Presentation of Diplomas: The most memorable part of the ceremony will be the presentation of the diplomas. During the commencement exercises, after your graduate’s name is announced, YOU, as home school teacher, will be handed the diploma to present to them. (OPTIONAL - You may take up to five minutes to brag, challenge, thank, reminisce and/or congratulate your son or daughter.)


Finger Food Requested: There will be a reception immediately following the graduation ceremony. Raven HomeSchool will provide cake, punch, coffee, veggie trays, fruit, and cheese/meat & crackers. We are asking each graduate’s family to bring finger food or a goody of some kind. This will turn cake and punch into a party!


Graduation Rehearsal: May 25 | 1:30-3:15. This is a dress rehearsal. Please encourage your graduate to be on time; there is much to cover.


Calling all Decorators: Parents, we could use your help decorating! Really, really! We will have a decorating work party at 2-3:15 on Graduation Day. We would appreciate any time you could give. Graduation decorating proceeds rapidly when we have many hands. Raven will provide decorations, balloons, flowers, etc.


Graduate Table - Showcase Student’s Home School Years: After practice would be good time to set up your display table in the reception hall. You can place pictures, awards, adventures, etc. to show highlights of your school year’s experience.