Certificate of Completion Wording CERT Graduation Visual 1 1 Graduation “It Takes a

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					             CERT Graduation

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             “It Takes a Village”

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                                Unit Objectives

 Understand the philosophical importance of
  the CERT Graduation
 Design and implement a graduation ceremony
  appropriate for your organization.

       You graduate when you successfully complete the
    requirements for the basic FEMA compliant CERT course.

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    The success of your program depends on a
    commitment from many different individuals
      Participant
      Hosting Agency
      Instructors
      Sponsors
      CERT Graduates

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Participants have committed 20 hours of their valuable time to
   learn skills that will benefit themselves and the community
                         in a time of disaster.

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                    Hosting Agency
The Hosting Agency has committed it’s resources and reputation to
                         your program.

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Instructors both paid and volunteer have committed to providing the
                        best training available.

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   Sponsors show commitment by providing financial and “in kind”

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                       CERT Graduates
     Many CERT graduates volunteer their time to help not only with
               instruction, but all the logistical support.

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     ALL these people and organizations need to be
     recognized as they make your program the
     excellent program it is!

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                                Graduation Ceremony

               Ceremony Must Include:

    Acknowledgment of Dignitaries
    Instructor Recognition
    Host Agency Recognition
    Sponsor Recognition
    Diplomas/ Certificate of Completion

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                                     Graduation Ceremony

              Acknowledgement of Dignitaries

 Invite high ranking public officials to your ceremony (Mayor, Fire
  Chief, Board of Supervisor, etc.)
 Ask each dignitary if they wish to provide any brief remarks to
  acknowledge graduates
 Thank each dignitary for their presence and support

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                                      Graduation Ceremony

                      Instructor Recognition

    Invite all instructors to attend the graduation
    Bring the instructors to the front of the room
    Introduce each instructor and the course material they taught
    Encourage graduates to acknowledge the hard work of their
     instructors (i.e., applause, etc.)

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                                    Graduation Ceremony

                  Host Agency Recognition

 Invite a representative of the host agency to attend the ceremony
 Introduce agency representative and ask him/her to address the
  graduating class
 Encourage graduates to provide a signed thank you card or class
  photo and present to host agency

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                                   Graduation Ceremony

                    Sponsor Recognition

 Invite a representative of the sponsor to attend the ceremony
 Introduce sponsor’s representative and ask him/her to address the
  graduating class
 Encourage graduates to provide a signed thank you card or class
  photo and present to Sponsor agency

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                                    Graduation Ceremony

          Diploma or Certificate of Completion

 Present a tangible recognition of course completion to
     each graduate
    Should contain the following wording:
      “John Smith has successfully completed 20 hours of FEMA-
     compliant CERT training provided by (your agency name here).”
 Should be signed by highest ranking official of your
     agency and/or the CERT program manager
    Should contain a date of completion

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              Presentation of Diploma/Certificates

 Make sure there is a diploma/certificate for ALL
     graduates – check and check again!
    Be sure all names are spelled correctly
    Place diplomas/certificates in alphabetic order
    Decide in advance who will hand diploma/certificate to
    Ask sponsor agency and host agency representatives
     to join you at the front of the room

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               Presentation of Diploma/Certificates

 Start “Pomp and Circumstance” or other appropriate music
 Call graduates up individually in alphabetic order
 Congratulatory handshakes from dignitaries and hand
     diploma/certificate to graduate

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               Welcoming Graduates into CERT Family

 When all graduates have received their diploma/ certificate,
  welcome them en masse as the newest members of the CERT
 Encourage graduates to continue additional advanced CERT
 Provide information on advanced training to graduates
 If they enjoyed the class, encourage graduates to write a letter to
  the editor, or to elected officials advocating continued support for
  this program

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 At the end of the ceremony, invite all to participate in
     refreshments and to congratulate graduates

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              Tying it all Together
 Graduation is the culmination of the very first
  “Welcome” and everything that has gone on in
 Graduation should be viewed as both a
  conclusion and a new beginning
 It is a time of reflection and a time to celebrate

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                                       “Lessons Learned”

 Consider having graduation ceremony on the evening
     following the final skills test

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                                            “Lessons Learned”

 Consider taking digital photos during training course for a 5-minute
     slide show presentation to be shown prior to presentation of

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