Graduation 2016

Parent Information for Graduation Activities May 24 - June 2

May 24— Senior Breakfast, Graduation Practice, and Senior Walk

BREAKFAST—A Senior Breakfast is hosted by the Junior Class and begins in the cafeteria at 7:45 a.m.

MANDATORY GRADUATION PRACTICE—All seniors should report to the field house at 9 a.m. to begin graduation practice. They will be seated for a faculty address and a “talk through,” and then we will do two “walk-throughs.”


1. Pick up Cap and Gown (or cap and/or tassel if you’re using someone else’s gown).

2. Check for fines. All books must be turned in and any book fines paid before you pick up graduation tickets. If these financial obligations are in order, your cap and gown packet will be marked GET TICKETS, which will allow you to proceed to the next station. If you owe a fine or a book, you will not be able to pick up tickets until that is paid.

3. Pick up graduation tickets (10 per graduate).

4. Put on your cap and gown (or bring one with you from home).

5. Line up for the SENIOR WALK. In your cap and gown, you will line up two by two on the field house track to parade through the building. Line up with a friend!

SENIOR WALK—Parents of seniors are invited to attend our annual “Senior Walk,” a ceremonial procession of Seniors through the building. Parents should sign in at the welcome desk on Main Street before 10:30 a.m. and line either side of Main Street, starting north of the cafeteria and continuing along the main foyer in front of the field house, while the Seniors make their way out of the building for the last time as students.

SEATING and TICKETS—Each student gets ten (10) tickets to graduation. There will be no extra tickets available. Some students’ families will have tickets they will not be using. Please feel free to reach out to them.

THE CAP AND GOWN—Here’s how to wear the cap and gown:

  • The graduation cap is worn flat on the head, parallel to the floor. The front point of the cap should be centered on the forehead.
  • The graduation gown should fall midway between the knee and ankle.
  • Men should remove their graduation caps during the National Anthem.
  • Tassels are worn on the right side and shifted to the left after graduates receive their diplomas.
  • Men generally wear dark slacks and dress shirts and ties under their gowns. Shoes and socks are required (no sandals or athletic shoes).
  • Women generally wear lightweight dresses that do not hang below their graduation gowns. Dress slacks are acceptable. Dress shoes or sandals are required (no flip flops or athletic shoes). We recommend that girls NOT wear very high, stiletto-type shoes for their own safety and because they cannot wear them in certain areas of Ultimate Soccer.
  • Caps and gowns can be accessorized with specific regalia like stoles and honor cords in keeping with the traditions of Avondale High School. Flowers and jewelry should not be worn on the academic gown.
  • Graduates may NOT place signs or symbols on their caps or gowns. This destroys the formality of the occasion. Also, students should NOT toss their caps in the air because it is dangerous and not acceptable.
  • Any senior not properly attired will be removed from the procession and not allowed to enter the pavilion.

Avondale High School Graduation 2016

Thursday, June 2nd, 7pm

867 South Boulevard East

Pontiac, MI

Ultimate Soccer Arena

June 2 Graduation Ceremony


  • The ceremony will begin promptly at 7:00 p.m. on June 2, 2016. Doors will open for guests at 5:00 p.m., with seating at 6:00. Graduates should check in NO LATER than 6:00 p.m. Please ask your guests to arrive on time or they will be held at the door and miss the procession!
  • The Commencement Ceremony will last under two (2) hours.
  • Seniors will process in pairs to “Pomp and Circumstance.” Ask your senior which side you should sit on.
  • Once in their rows, everyone should remain standing until the completion of the “National Anthem.” At the conclusion of the anthem, take your seats. No screaming or cheering— this is not an athletic event.
  • Follow the ceremony protocol as prescribed during rehearsal on May 24.
  • Applaud only at the end of each graduation address. Please refrain from yelling or screaming as other students cross the stage. After crossing the stage, return to your seat and be seated.
  • When the last graduate has crossed the stage, Mrs. Hyde will direct all seniors to stand for the tassel ceremony. At that time, when prompted, move the tassel from the right to the left side of your cap.
  • At the conclusion of the program, administrators and school board members will exit the stage and the faculty will form two lines in the lobby of Ultimate Soccer. Graduates will process through this faculty “gauntlet.”
  • This is a school event. All rules governing student conduct are in effect.
  • DIPLOMAS—Diplomas will be distributed for 30 minutes after the ceremony at the check-in table on Field #3. Diplomas that are not picked up will be available in the guidance office for pick up the next day.
  • You should arrange a place outside (if weather permits) to meet your family for after the ceremony.

Parking and Admission

DIRECTIONS—Ultimate Soccer is located at 867 South Blvd., on the north side of the road, just west of Opdyke Road. The phone number is (248) 648-7000.

  • Parking for family and friends to park on site is not unlimited. Please limit your family to two cars if possible. If the parking lot fills up, there is an overflow lot nearby. A shuttle will transport guests back and forth.
  • Doors to the lobby will open at 5:00 p.m. Limited concessions will be available for purchase while you wait, but no food or drinks will be allowed outside the lobby or concession area. The ceremony begins at 7:00 sharp. If you arrive late, you will be held at the door and miss the procession.
  • Access to seating on Field #1 (Graduation Hall) will not be available until 6:00 p.m. Guests who arrive early must stay in the lobby area until then. There will be no “saved” seats.
  • Guests must have a ticket to enter the building. If you are meeting people to hand off tickets, please meet outside. The lobby gets very crowded, and we need to clear the lobby in order to allow the seniors to process to Graduation Hall. No ticket is needed if a child is 3 or under and sitting on your lap. Otherwise, children must have tickets.
  • If accommodations are needed for handicapped or elderly grandparents, a large golf cart will be rotating through the parking lot.

Ceremony Etiquette for Guests

  • Avondale’s commencement tradition is to treat graduation as a formal rite of passage. When the name of your graduate is announced, please refrain from yelling, screaming, or creating a distraction for others. The handing out of diplomas is a quick and orderly process. When you show pride in your graduate, make sure you aren’t drowning out the recognition of another.
  • Life’s milestones deserve everyone’s full attention. Please turn off your cell phones and resist the urge to text until the entire ceremony is over. Remain in your seat until the last students receive their diplomas so that they feel properly acknowledged.

  • As the seniors enter the arena, the audience will stand in their honor and remain standing through the “National Anthem.” Please do not block any senior’s access to the aisles. When they process out of the arena, they will walk through two lines of teachers and administrators. Please remain at your seats until all graduates have left the arena. If you must leave, please use the side aisles and do not block the graduates’ path.

Professional Photographs

Photographs of your graduate will be taken by professional Prestige photographers with prints of each student made available for purchase. Every effort will be made to photograph your graduate while receiving his/her diploma cover and after crossing the stage. We will provide information about ordering photographs.

Parents may take pictures or video in the BACK side aisles or in the bleacher seating only, behind where the graduates are seated, so as to NOT block the view of other people. Please do not use tablets to record the ceremony from your seat.

Please Be Aware

Board of Education Policy #5460 states: “A student may be denied participation in the ceremony of graduation when personal conduct warrants.” Some examples of inappropriate student conduct include throwing of items, senior pranks, damage to school property, actions that disrupt a school day, actions that cause embarrassment to others or the school, etc.