Alcohol, tobacco, or drugs will not be permitted for anyone. It is against the law to be in possession of alcohol or drugs on school grounds and this will be enforced. Anyone who has been determined to have been drinking, or in the possession of alcohol or drugs, will not be allowed to go through the ceremony. The same will hold true for fireworks and other explosives as well as other disruptive actions which would detract from the dignity of the graduation ceremony. Please talk with your son or daughter to assure appropriate behavior. This will save embarrassment for your family.
Measures will be taken to ensure that nothing inappropriate is brought into the ceremony field. In addition, if there is any behavior during graduation which is inappropriate and/or dangerous, your son/daughter will be removed from the ceremony at that time.
Girls are required to wear a skirt, dress, or nice slacks. They will need to wear appropriate shoes and accessories. Boys must wear slacks and a shirt and tie, as well as dress shoes and socks. Students will not be allowed to participate with improper dress and are asked to carry their caps and gowns to be put on just prior to the ceremony.
Graduates are not to mark, stamp, stain or otherwise letter or decorate caps or gowns prior to the ceremony. Anyone wearing a cap or gown with such markings on it will not be allowed to participate in the ceremony. Gowns must be returned at the end of the ceremony prior to picking up diplomas. Sashes, cords and other senior recognition awards must be pre-approved or students will not be allowed to wear them at the ceremony.
Students will not be allowed to carry cell phones, flowers, leis, purses, cameras, etc. Such items should not be brought into the Commons. Any items that cannot be taken to the stadium will be held for students until after the ceremony. Students who attempt to bring items into the ceremony will have those items confiscated and returned at the end of the evening.
Please remember that all graduates need to pick up their diplomas or certificates of completion in the cafeteria immediately following the ceremony. Pioneer High School does not mail them to you.
Students who owe monies for outstanding debts, such as lost textbooks, replacement PE locks will NOT receive their diploma or certificate of completion and all transcripts will not be released for graduation verification for colleges, employers and military service. All outstanding debts must be cleared in order to release both diplomas and transcripts.
Students will be expected to conduct themselves during these practices in an appropriate manner, or risk being excluded from the graduation ceremony.