Service Hours are a graduation requirement for all Lake Orion High School students earning a diploma.
In Order to Walk at Graduation: All Service Hours, along with a completed reflection for each event, must be submitted through each student’s x2VOL account no later than the Friday after Spring Break of your senior year, which is April 7, 2023 for the 2022-23 school year. For 3rd quarter graduates, hours are due the Friday after Winter Break, which is February 24, 2023 for the 2022-23 school year.
In Order to Receive a Diploma, but not walk at Graduation: All Service hours, along with a completed reflection for each event, must be submitted through each student’s x2VOL account no later than the last school day of May of your senior year.
Requirements for Graduation
Students MUST choose one of the following two options:
Option 1. Basic Requirement:
Complete 20 service hours at approved locations or activities throughout your 4 years as a student at Lake Orion High School.
Submit activity information, contact information and a valid reflection for each volunteer experience through your x2VOL account.
All hours must be verified by a supervisor or coordinator of the activity or event.
Hours will be applied to your account balance once your participation is verified and a valid reflection is approved.
**Prorating of Service Hours: Students transferring to Lake Orion High School will have a prorated Service Learning requirement. Students must complete 5 hours for each year (or partial year) that they attend Lake Orion High School.
Option 2. Research Paper:
In lieu of completing 20 service hours, a student may elect to complete a research paper. If a student elects this option, a Service Learning Research Request must be submitted prior to the beginning of your senior year. The portal for submitting the essay will open on the Friday before Winter Break.
If a student has not ordered a student’s cap and gown from Jostens, the deadline is December 31, 2022, to ensure the gown arrives in time for graduation. Our gowns are custom with the LO logo on the front and the white stripes around the sleeves and therefore take longer to produce. This link,Jostens Cap and Gown Order will take you to the cap and gown order page. The cap does include a tassel, so it is not necessary to order a separate status one.
If your student is planning to wear a borrowed gown (gowns from before 2022 will not match the current gowns), please reach out to Beth Beebe Event Secretary at LOHS, at 248-693-5420 Ext. 6079 or email firstname.lastname@example.org, as soon as possible so it can be updated in our system. If purchasing a gown is a financial burden, please contact your student’s counselor, and let them know your student will need to borrow a school gown.
The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is a form used to apply for financial aid for college. LOHS seniors are strongly encouraged to complete the FAFSA as soon as possible after October 1 to determine what federal student aid opportunities may be available to them. The Michigan deadline for federal grants and scholarships is March 1, 2023.
More information on federal student aid, including the FAFSA, is available at StudentAid.gov.
Additionally, although the FAFSA process is the same for any college, attached is a presentation from Baker College that provides a quality summary of the FAFSA process, including additional helpful resources.
The Michigan Achievement Scholarship is a new state financial aid scholarship beginning with 2023 graduates. Scholarships are applicable for training programs, community colleges, private or public colleges and universities. High school students and parents interested in learning more are encouraged to register for an informational webinar provided by the Michigan Department of Treasury’s MI Student Aid team. The webinars are Tuesday, Jan. 24 and Thursday Jan. 26 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. The webinar will provide eligibility requirements, award amounts, action items for students and families, and additional program information. Participants are required to register as space is limited. Please visit the website to register at Michigan Achievement Scholarship Informational Session