Each year, the Classical Conversations Foundation presents two separate events held in conjunction with each other — National Conference and National Commencement. Though locations and dates can change year to year, the spirit of both events is to connect lives through learning as parents and students across the nation come together for fellowship, teaching, encouragement, and celebration. And since 2022 marks two and half decades since Leigh Bortins founded Classical Conversations, both National Conference and National Commencement will be held in conjunction with the Classical Conversations 25th Anniversary Celebration!
Hosted on Thursday, April 28 at the National Athletic Village next to our home office in Southern Pines, NC, the Classical Conversations 25th Anniversary Celebration will kick off our National Conference this year! This event is a time to meet other Classical Conversations families from around the nation as well as those who work at our home office, including our founder Leigh Bortins and CEO Robert Bortins. Interactive games, party-themed snacks, home office tours, and adventure tours will be available early in the evening. In addition, an acoustic concert by Grammy award-winning Christian artist Francesca Battistelli will begin at 7 p.m. She is a CC homeschool mom and recently starred in the movie God's Not Dead: We The People. It’s been quite the journey since 1997. Come make memories with us!
Our 2022 National Conference will be held at Grace Church in Southern Pines, NC from Friday, April 29 through Saturday, April 30. Presented by the Classical Conversations Foundation, this event is a chance for Classical Conversations families from around the nation to meet and listen to homeschool leaders like our founder Leigh Bortins and CEO Robert Bortins as they speak about the classical, Christian education movement. There will also be student camps, nursery, and exhibitors. Come fellowship with us!
The 2022 National Commencement will convene at Grace Church in Southern Pines, NC on the evening of Friday, April 29. Presented by the Classical Conversations Foundation, this event is a formal graduation ceremony where Classical Conversations founder Leigh Bortins will address and recognize both the graduates and their families for their perseverance and achievements throughout their years of homeschooling. Registration includes a regalia package with cap and gown shipped directly to your home. Also, two graduate activities are included in addition to the formal ceremony. On Thursday, April 28, after the 25th Anniversary Celebration, graduates will have a chance to meet and celebrate together. The next morning, Friday, April 29, the graduates will shoulder to shoulder complete the Obstacle Course at the National Athletic Village. Come celebrate with us!
Hotel Accommodations in the Southern Pines Area
We have arranged hotel rooms at special group rates for people attending the 25th Anniversary Celebration, 2022 National Conference, and National Commencement.
Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton (Southern Pines - Pinehurst)
Towne Place Suites by Marriott (Southern Pines - Pinehurst)
There are a limited number of rooms and dates available in the group block. If you are wanting additional nights outside of the group dates, or if the room block is sold out, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to find out if the hotel can accommodate your needs.
The last date to book under the group block is Friday, April 1, 2022. However, the rooms available at the special group rates could be sold out prior to this date.
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