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Graduation Information


I. Importance and Significance

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

II. 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.

III. Student Guidelines for Graduation Day

     A. Students will be seated in alphabetical order.

     B. Seniors will assemble at 6:00 PM on graduation day and report to their posted row along the boardwalk and meet the teacher who is reading their names for name pronunciation.

     C. At 7:00 PM, they will begin their procession into the pavilion to “Pomp and Circumstance.”

     D. Once in their rows, graduates should stand until the completion of the “National Anthem.”

     E. Follow the instructions as discussed during rehearsal on Monday, June 11, at 9:00 AM at DTE.

     F. When the last graduate has crossed the stage, the Leadership President will direct all seniors to stand for the tassel ceremony. At that time, move the tassel from the right to the left side of the cap. This concludes the program and graduates will exit with a march selected by our band.

     G. Remember, this is a school event. All rules governing student conduct apply. Any student suspected to be under the influence of alcohol and/or a controlled substance will be referred to the Oakland County Sheriff.

IV. Guest Guidelines for Graduation Day

     A. The ceremony will begin promptly at 7 p.m. on June 11, 2018 at DTE Energy Music Theatre in Clarkston. Gates will open for guests at 5:45 PM.

     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.

V. Parking

     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.

VI. Pictures

     A studio (Graduation Foto –-800/482-0321) will take photos (will be mailed to students within two weeks)

VII. 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 $2.00 each. Email or call 248-693-5420, ext. 6063.

VIII. Diploma Distribution

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

IX. Book Fines or Other Financial Obligations

     Students should be aware of any current book fines/fees/etc. During the first week of May, fine lists will be posted in the main office window and LC. If these fines or other financial obligations are not resolved, the student will not receive their cap & gown and/or be able to participate in commencement. See Mrs. Middleton in the LC to pay these fines.

X. 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 22, during all lunch periods, caps and gowns will be distributed to students who have resolved all outstanding book fines or other financial obligations.

XI. Delivering the Graduation Address

     Any senior who would like to deliver a graduation address at commencement needs to submit a written copy of their speech to Mrs. Rosen in the main office by Friday, April 20, at 3:00 PM. Handouts outlining the guidelines and criteria for delivering the graduation address are available in the main office.

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.


High School Contacts for Graduation

Sharon Rosen, Admin. Asst. & Grad. 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.