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Senior End-of-Year and Graduation

LOHS Graduation 2018


Graduation Foto is the official photographer of the Lake Orion High School graduation. Graduates and their families can register at this site in order to be able to view and order official graduation photos after the ceremony!

Parent Informational Presentation

Graduation parent presentation


Importance and Significance

      A. Ceremony is a source of community pride and is a privilege, not a right (not necessary for diploma).

Appropriate Dress for Graduates

A. Men: Dress slacks with shirt and tie. Shoes are required (no sandals or athletic shoes).

      B. Women: Light colored dresses, skirts and blouses, or dress slacks. Dress shoes or sandals are required (no flip-flops or athletic shoes)

      C. No sunglasses.

      D. Any senior not properly attired will be removed from the procession and not allowed to enter.

      E. Graduates should refrain from placing signs or symbols on their caps or gowns. This destroys the formality of the occasion. In addition, the tossing of caps into the air is dangerous and not acceptable.

Student Guidelines for Graduation Day

     A. The ceremony will begin promptly at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, June 11, 2019 at DTE Energy Music Theatre in Clarkston. Gates will open for guests at 5:45 p.m. (Graduation rehearsal will be on Monday, June 10, 2019 at 9 a.m.)

     B. As the seniors enter the pavilion, the audience will stand in their honor and remain standing through the “National Anthem”. Please do not block access to the aisles.

     C. Clap and cheer only when appropriate, such as for the introduction of speakers and the conclusion of speeches; please do not applaud for individual graduate names being read. Remember, for many, the commencement ceremony is one of the memorable highlights in the lives of the graduate and his/her family. Please dignify the event by extending courtesy and respect to others.

     D. Younger students and small children must sit with their parents or other adults.

     E. Remain in your seats until all graduates have left the pavilion.

     F. Refrain from smoking, and remember no alcoholic beverages are permitted on the premises.

Guest Guidelines for Graduation Day

     Graduates and guests should use the main lots of DTE for parking. Those needing handicap spaces should enter the facility entrance just south of the marquee sign, which is DTE’s South Drive and is primarily used for VIP and Handicapped parking. Parking lot staff will be there to give you further instructions if needed.


     Graduates and guests should use the main lots of DTE for parking. Those needing handicap spaces should enter the facility entrance just south of the marquee sign, which is DTE’s South Drive and is primarily used for VIP and Handicapped parking. Parking lot staff will be there to give you further instructions if needed.


  • Pictures will be taken by a photography studio called Graduation Foto. To ensure quality pictures: One will be taken as they shake Principal Hawley’s hand and the second will be once the student receives their flower on the main floor.
  • The ceremony will be recorded by ONTV, Channel 10. – DVD copies will be available at a nominal fee.

Graduation Announcements

     Graduation announcements from Balfour were delivered on March 8 during lunches. After March 8, announcements can be picked up in the main office. We have a limited number of extra announcements that can be purchased for $2 each. Email or call 248-693-5420, ext. 6063.

Graduation Process

  • Students will be seated in alphabetical order. 
  • Students will be called to the stage in rows by their faculty reader. 
  • Students will walk to the board member to accept their diploma and then proceed to center stage to shake Mr. Hawley’s hand and to take their first picture.
  • Students will proceed down the stairs, receive their flower and take another picture before returning to their assigned seat.

Diploma Distribution

     After the ceremony, the counselors will distribute diplomas; pick up your diploma packet in the designated areas.

Book Fines or Other Financial Obligations

  • Students need to be aware of all of the following financial requirements to graduate: – Book fines – Graduation fees – Uniforms still out
  • Fine lists will be posted on the window in the main office the first week in May – continue to check for updates throughout the year!
  • Students failing to resolve fines or other financial obligations will not participate in commencement exercises.

Seating/Cap and Gown Distribution

     No tickets are needed. To assure seating for graduates’ immediate families, families are asked to limit their seats to 10 or fewer. Extra guests may be seated on the lawn, but may move down into available seats in the pavilion just prior to the start of the ceremony.

     On Tuesday, May 21, 2019, during all lunch periods, caps and gowns will be distributed to students who have resolved all outstanding book fines or other financial obligations.

Delivering the Graduation Address

  • Guidelines for the Graduation Address can be picked up in the main office beginning tomorrow.
  • Students interested in auditioning for this honor must submit a copy of their speech to Mrs. Rosen by Thursday, April 18 at 3 p.m.
  • Speeches should be approximately three minutes.
  • Auditions will take place on a Wednesday, April 24 starting at 2:45 p.m. in the Kiva.
  • Selected students should plan on remaining after the initial graduation practice for microphone and sound checks.

PLEASE NOTE: Any senior found participating in senior pranks that involve disruption to the school day, violations of the Student Code of Conduct, or any unlawful action (including vandalism or disorderly conduct) may be barred from participating in commencement activities as well as be legally responsible for any damages, injuries, or hardship caused from their activities.

Senior All-Night Party

SANP will be on Tuesday, June 11, at 11 p.m. until 5 a.m. at Legacy 925 in Oxford.

High School Contacts for Graduation

Sharon Rosen, Administrative Assistant & Graduation Coordinator

Heather Hammerl, Assistant to the Principal

Kyle Meteyer, Associate Principal


1. How long does the ceremony last? Approximately 2 to 2 1⁄2 hours.

  1. Tell us about the lawn seating. Blankets and lawn furniture are allowed. Smoking/vaping is not allowed.

  2. What if it rains? Commencement will go on rain or shine. The pavilion is covered; lawn seating is not.

  3. Are beverages allowed? Bottled water (plastic bottles only) may be brought; concessions are not open.

  4. Where is DTE Energy Music Theatre located and what is the address?

      DTE Energy Music Theatre

      7774 Sashabaw Rd Clarkston, MI 48348

      Alternate Route: Exit I-75 at Sashabaw Road and go south approximately 100 yards to Waldon Road. Go left (east) on Waldon Road to Pine Knob Road. Go left (north) on Pine Knob Road to DTE Energy Music Theatre gates.