Commencement Information 2019

  • Caps and Gowns
    All participants in the Commencement Exercises must wear a cap and gown. Caps and gowns are available through Jostens.   Distribution of caps and gowns will take place in the Main Gym on Friday, May 31, 2019.  All obligations must be cleared, EDP completed, minimum graduation requirements met and senior surveys completed to pick-up a cap and gown.

    It is MANDITORY that all graduating seniors are required to attend the commencement rehearsal on Thursday, June 6 at 10:00 am at EMU's Convocation Center. Rehearsal will conclude at approximately 12:00 pm.

    Graduate/Parent Advisory
    With all the excitement and celebrations pertaining to graduation, we must be careful that student behavior does not disrupt Pioneer's school climate for the remainder of its students. Inappropriate behavior and student pranks will not be tolerated. Students in violation could lose the privilege of participating in senior activities including walking at graduation, attending prom or the all-night party. Parents, please discuss this with your students.

    Commencement Ceremony
    Pioneer High School's Commencement Ceremony will be held at EMU's Convocation Center on Thursday, June 6 at 6:00 pm. Graduates should arrive at 4:30 pm and proceed to the auxiliary gym. The processional will begin promptly at 6:00 pm.

    No tickets are required.

    All guests should be seated no later than 5:45 pm before the processional begins. No parents or guests are permitted on the floor of EMU Convocation Center. All guests should remain seated until the final graduate has exited EMU Convocation Center at the end of the recessional. Families and guests may meet graduates outside of the Convocation Center after the ceremony.

    Special Needs
    EMU will be opened for guests with special needs at 5:00 pm. An area is designed for guests with hearing impairment. Please have guests notify ushers upon arrival if this service is desired.

    The Eastern Michigan University Convocation Center strives to provide a safe environment for guests and employees. Venue personnel reserve the right to determine the method of security checks necessary to create a safe environment, including checking bags, purses, jackets and other items.
    Walk-through metal detectors and/or hand-held metal detecting devices are now being utilized at every arena entrance. In order to increase the efficiency of this process, guests should minimize the number of personal items they bring and remove any items that may trigger the alarm before walking through the detectors. If an alarm sounds, the guest will be subject to a secondary screening. 
    The following is a partial list of prohibited items that are not permitted inside the venue:
    o Cameras with external flash or interchangeable lenses (no professional photography) 
    o Signs/flags/banners larger than 11" x 17" and any affixed pole 
    o Audio/video recording devices 
    o Outside food or beverage (no alcohol) 
    o Oversized bags or backpacks larger than 18" x 14" x 10" 
    o Laser pointers 
    o Beach balls or projectiles 
    o Illegal drugs/substances 
    o Skateboards/rollerblades 
    o Weapons 
    o Cans or bottles 
    o Noise-making devices 
    o Pointed-tip umbrellas 
    o Fireworks 
    o Pets (service animals exempt) 
    o Flashlights 
    o Laptops/tablets are not permitted in seating bowl 
    o Selfie Sticks
    The EMU Convocation Center reserves the right to prohibit other items as deemed necessary.

    Programs will be distributed to graduates and guests at EMU Convocation Center on the evening of June 6.

    Celebratory Atmosphere
    Commencement is filled with excitement and tradition. It is a special time to share your achievements with your family, friends and Pioneer staff. So that all present may safely enjoy and fondly remember these commencement exercises, there will be not eating, drinking or smoking allowed. Toys and party favors of any kind - noisemakers, horns, beach balls, signs on poles, etc., will not be permitted. Please be respectful of each other. Pioneer and EMU security personnel have been advised to remove such items.

    Picture Taking
    Parents and guests will not be permitted on the floor at EMU Convocation Center to photograph graduates. Security personnel have been advised not to permit parents and guests to enter the floor areas during the Commencement Ceremonies. A professional photographer will photograph each graduate receiving his/her diploma. Information regarding the purchase of these photos will be mailed to graduates directly from the photographer.

    Students who have met all graduation requirements and have no outstanding or uncleared obligations will receive their well-deserved diploma at commencement (immediately following the ceremony). Graduates who do not pick up their diploma at commencement may pick up their diploma, if obligations are clear, beginning Tuesday, June 11 in the Main office.

    CTN Graduation Ceremony
    Replays on Comcast Channel 18 and online at Friday, June 7th @ 8:00p

    Video on Demand at and