National Commencement

Classical Conversations Foundation
National Commencement 2022

Join Us for Our 2022 National Commencement!

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Formerly known as Graduation or Capstone Celebration, National Commencement recognizes the completion of the homeschool journey of our Classical Conversations® students and their parents. Presented by the Classical Conversations Foundation*, this is an opportunity few homeschoolers get—to celebrate their achievements with their peers in a formal graduation ceremony!

The 2022 National Commencement will be held on Friday, April 29, at Grace Church, near the Classical Conversations home office in Southern Pines, NC. The event is hosted in conjunction with the National Conference and the 25th Anniversary Celebration of Classical Conversations.

Classical Conversations’ founder, Leigh Bortins, will address and commend graduates and parents for their hard work and perseverance through their years of homeschooling.

Featured Speaker
Leigh Bortins Founder
Leigh Bortins

Leigh Bortins is the Founder and Chief Visionary Officer of Classical Conversations.

Registration for 2022 National Commencement Includes:

  • A graduation regalia package, shipped directly to your graduate, which includes a cap, gown, tassel, diploma, and diploma cover. (Note: Further graduation accessories such as honor cords and announcements will be available for purchase at the CC discounted rate through the link provided in the registration confirmation.)
  • A rehearsal for graduates and parents
  • A formal graduation ceremony with student and family recognition
  • A printed program with graduate photos and bios
  • Activities for graduates
  • A gift bag with an exclusive National Commencement T-shirt for each graduate
  • Light refreshments

2022 Event Schedules

All times are EST.

National Commencement

Thursday, April 28

TBD (late afternoon/evening)

25th Anniversary Celebration

Following 25th Anniversary – midnight

Grad Bash

Friday, April 29

9:00 a.m.-Noon

Obstacle Course Teambuilding for Graduates

8:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.

Exhibitors open

5:00-5:15 p.m.

Check in

5:15-6:00 p.m.

Commencement Rehearsal (Graduates and Parents)

6:00-6:30 p.m.

Group pictures

6:30-7:00 p.m.

Formal Seating of Parents and Guests

7:00-9:30 p.m.

Commencement Ceremony and Reception

National Conference

Thursday, April 28

TBD (late afternoon/evening)

25th Anniversary Celebration

Friday, April 29

8:00 a.m.-Close of Conference

Exhibitors open

8:00-9:00 a.m.

Check in

9:00-11:45 a.m.

Speaking Sessions
Camp/Nursery

11:45 a.m.-1:45 p.m.

Lunch break

2:00-4:15 p.m.

Speaking Sessions
Camp/Nursery

Saturday, April 30

8:00 a.m.-Noon

Exhibitors open

8:00 a.m.-8:50 a.m.

Coffee with Leigh

9:00 a.m.-Noon

Speaking sessions
Camp/Nursery

All Events

National Commencement

National Conference

Thursday, April 28

TBD (late afternoon/evening)

25th Anniversary Celebration

Following 25th Anniversary – midnight

Grad Bash

Friday, April 29

8:00 a.m.-Close of Conference

Exhibitors open

8:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.

Exhibitors open

9:00 a.m.-Noon

Obstacle Course Teambuilding for Graduates

9:00-11:45 a.m.

Speaking Sessions
Camp/Nursery

11:45 a.m.-1:45 p.m.

Lunch break

2:00-4:15 p.m.

Speaking Sessions
Camp/Nursery

5:00-5:15 p.m.

Check in

5:15-6:00 p.m.

Commencement Rehearsal (Graduates and Parents)

6:00-6:30 p.m.

Group pictures

6:30-7:00 p.m.

Formal Seating of Parents and Guests

7:00-9:30 p.m.

Commencement Ceremony and Reception

Saturday, April 30

8:00 a.m.-Noon

Exhibitors open

8:00 a.m.-8:50 a.m.

Coffee with Leigh

9:00 a.m.-Noon

Speaking sessions
Camp/Nursery

Ticket Pricing

Graduates wishing to participate in National Commencement must register by February 28.

Early-bird Registration
October 12-December 15, 11:59 p.m. EST

Registration TypeTicket Price**
Graduate Ticket (includes link to Commencement Video)$179
Guest Ticket$12

General Registration
December 16-February 28, 11:59 p.m. EST

Registration TypeTicket Price**
Graduate Ticket$199
Guest Ticket$12
Link to Commencement Video$25

Late Registration
(Guest Registration and Video link purchase only)
March 1 – April 29, 11:59 p.m.

Registration TypeTicket Price**
Guest Ticket$15
Link to Commencement Video$25

*Classical Conversations Foundation is a nonprofit organization, separate from Classical Conversations, Inc., but it’s driven by the very same mission: to know God and to make Him known.

**All published ticket prices are in U.S. dollars. Published prices do not include taxes and Eventbrite fees. Entrance into National Commencement requires every attendee to register, to have a ticket to enter the event, and to sign risk release and liability waivers.

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