Graduation Ceremony

Lincoln East’s 2022 Graduation Ceremony will be held on Friday, May 27th at 6:00 p.m. at Pinnacle Bank Arena.

Letter from the Principal

Dear Senior Class of 2022 and Parents:

Congratulations, 2022 seniors! The students in the class of 2022 have provided excellent leadership during their time at East High School. It is very exciting to begin to plan for your graduation ceremony. Included is some important information that is essential in your planning as that important day approaches. 

Make sure you have marked your calendar for the ceremony on Friday, May 27, 2022 at 6:00 p.m. at Pinnacle Bank Arena. The Pinnacle Bank Arena is located at 400 Pinnacle Arena Dr. Graduating seniors may arrive at the Pinnacle Bank Arena beginning at 5:00p.m. and no later than 5:45 p.m. in order to get seated and participate in the ceremony. 

A high school graduation ceremony is a cherished tradition in our society, which recognizes the completion of a young person’s formative education. With this ceremony comes a high level of excitement and energy on the part of graduates as well as relatives and friends. The staff at East High School shares in your joy and enthusiasm. We want this experience to be positive in every way. The graduation ceremony is important and we want it to be one of your fondest high school memories. 

Although this is indeed an exciting event, it is a dignified and honorable event meant to recognize all graduates. Students are expected to be on their best behavior, as we ask that graduates and audience members refrain from the use of noise-makers, drums, and other items like confetti or beach balls. This is an important milestone in an academic career and the expectation is that everyone will avoid actions that cause disruption or distractions and that everyone will represent themselves, their family and East High School in a manner that reflects the importance of the event. It is vital that every student’s name can be read without delay and that every parent and family member has the opportunity to hear their child’s name clearly. Anyone who distracts from the ceremony may be removed. If seniors display inappropriate behavior their diploma may be held until conferencing with East administrators after Memorial Day. 

The purpose of the remainder of this letter is to provide you with the important details of several end-of-the-year activities, the upcoming ceremony, and to establish clear expectations for finishing your K-12 career with great success. I look forward to seeing you all at commencement.


Susan Cassata,
East High School

Final Examination Schedule

Final Exams for seniors will take place Monday, May 23rd through Wednesday, May 25th. It is important that all seniors check and pay their fees/fines on Synergy in order to receive their diploma at Commencement. If your student is not sure if they owe a fine, please check your Synergy ParentVue account or check with Zac Venema in the main office.

Senior Honors Assembly and Guests

The 2022 Senior Honors Assembly will be held in the South Gymnasium on Friday, May 20th at 7:00 a.m. During this time, we will honor members of the senior class for their accomplishments. Please park in the Seacrest Lot and enter through door # 21, as no parking will be available in the staff parking lots near the school.

Commencement Rehearsal

On Friday, May 20th (immediately following Senior Honors Assembly), at approximately 8:00 a.m., seniors will participate in commencement rehearsal in the East High South Gymnasium. At this rehearsal, we will discuss protocol and expectations for the ceremony. Seniors will be expected to attend all classes following the rehearsal.

Graduation Ceremony Exercises and Guests

East High School’s Annual Commencement Ceremony will take place at Pinnacle Bank Arena on Friday, May, 27th at 6:00 p.m. All graduates will report beginning at 5:00 p.m. and no later than 5:45 p.m. to find their assigned seating. Seating arrangements will be made for students with limited mobility. Please contact Tara Troy or Matt Hansen at 402-436-1302 for details if your student needs assistance or accommodations.

Parent/Guardian Commencement Reminders

Graduating seniors may enter through one of the main entrances and proceed to the stadium floor. Everyone else will enter through the main entrance located on the north side of Pinnacle Bank Arena. Only graduates will be seated on the floor. No one will be allowed near the stage to take pictures or on the floor where the graduates sit. At the conclusion of commencement, students will be directed to leave the arena through the front doors.

Graduation Ceremony Information

We are appreciative of this opportunity to celebrate together, but some aspects will require patience. This works with the actual graduation ceremony and all the activities surrounding it. Friends and family who want those extra pictures, drivers who want to merge into your lane, students who take too long to get ready, and so forth. All will be well, this will be a great day.

Parent/Guardian Commencement Reminders for Pinnacle Bank Arena

  • Traffic will be busy and slow downtown and around the Pinnacle Bank Arena. Give yourself plenty of time to get to, park and walk to the venue. Doors open one-hour prior to the ceremony.
  • Identify the best parking places and directors to those parking spaces (especially with those one-way streets and construction) before the day of graduation.
  • Pinnacle Bank Arena is a CLEAR BAG POLICY venue. Clear bags and small clutch-sized purses are only allowed at entry. To view the clear bag policy, please visit this link. No balloons will be allowed.
  • Enter through the main entrance located on the North side of Pinnacle Bank Arena, and follow directions to seating. Only graduates will be seated on the floor. No one will be allowed near the stage to take pictures or on the floor where the graduates sit.
  • At the conclusion of commencement, students will be directed to leave the arena through the front doors.
  • Parents/guardians can meet graduates outside the south entrance following the ceremony.

Seating for Individuals with Disabilities

Seating for individuals with disabilities is available. Please contact Pinnacle Bank Arena or ask for assistance as you enter Pinnacle Bank Arena. Because of the seating and stage configuration at Pinnacle Bank Arena, parents or family members will not be allowed on the floor before. during or after the graduation ceremony. This includes being allowed access to the floor for photographs during the ceremony. Only graduates and faculty members are allowed on the floor during the ceremony.

Audience Support Requested

We ask that family members and other spectators help keep the ceremony in good taste. Horns or other items that might interrupt the graduation are prohibited. All students deserve to have their friends and family members hear their name as it is read. Students who are performing a song or delivering a speech deserve to be heard by everyone in the audience. Seniors who do not wish to abide by dress and behavior expectations should not plan to attend the ceremony, which has always been optional.

Cameras and Videos

Every year Lifetouch takes the photos for graduation. They have provided the flier with the information for ordering pictures of your graduate from the ceremony. We also plan to have a large screen to project a live picture as each graduate crosses the stage. Because these professional pictures will be available for purchase, we hope family members will be able to relax and enjoy the ceremony and not have to worry about taking pictures. Please visit for more information on pictures.

Requirements for Commencement Participation

Each year decisions must be made about the status of seniors who are in danger of failing classes. If a senior is near failing or has work yet to complete which affects the requirements for graduation, the diploma insert will be withheld until the requirements are met. If the student can satisfactorily meet those requirements by the end of summer school, they will be allowed to participate in Commencement. However, if a student needs more than 10 credits of required classes to graduate, it would be unlikely that the requirement can be met within the allotted time, and the student will not be allowed to participate. Students in the above situation should see their counselor as soon as possible.

Recommended and Required Dress for Graduation Ceremony

We strive to keep the graduation ceremony dignified and meaningful. We ask that students dress accordingly.

Required Graduation Ceremony Uniform

If you have not ordered the cap and gown yet, please contact Signature Graduation.

The graduation ceremony is a student activity, and, as with other student activities like basketball or chamber choir, it has a special uniform. The graduation ceremony uniform is the official mortar board (or cap) and gown that can be ordered from Signature Graduation. It is required for participation in graduation.

Every graduating senior has the opportunity to participate in the graduation ceremony according to the included guidelines . It is an important capstone to your child’s academic career. But, just like any other student activity, it is considered an extracurricular event, so attending the graduation ceremony is not required of students in order for them to graduate and receive a diploma. If students do not wish to attend the ceremony, the diploma can be picked-up at the school. Information on this process is included below.

Distribution of Caps and Gowns

Caps and Gowns are being shipped to home addresses or will be distributed through the counseling center if shipped to the school. Seniors can still order a cap and gown by going to the Signature Graduation website.

Graduation Regalia

A list of the district graduation day honors that the school may confer on students is listed below. Some honors include school authorized regalia that can be worn at graduation. More information on the qualification, cost and guidelines for wearing school authorized regalia is included below. No other messages, personal items, jewelry or adornments may be added to or worn on graduation cap or gown. 

Day of the Ceremony

  • Graduating seniors may enter through one of the main entrances and proceed to the stadium floor.
  • Personal Items: Secured storage space is not available on the floor. Personal items are considered to be something that you would carry in your hands, over your shoulder, and/or under or outside of your cap or gown – basically, anything other than your cap and gown. These items may not be brought on the floor and should be left at home, in your car or with a family member attending the ceremony.
  • When students arrive, they will be directed to their seats on the main floor of PBA. Seats are arranged in alphabetical order from front to back. At the conclusion of the ceremony, students will recess out the back of the main floor toward the front entrance. Staff will be available to help guide and assist students.

Diploma Information

  • The actual diplomas are not presented to graduates on stage during the ceremony.
  • Students will receive a graduation packet with their diploma before they leave the arena.
  • PLEASE DO NOT DISCARD THIS PACKET. It contains items which cannot be duplicated inside. Only one diploma is awarded to each graduate.
  • Diplomas not received at the graduation ceremony may be picked up from Kathryn Kelley, East High Registrar, in the counseling office.

To Receive a Diploma at Graduation

It is important that every senior verify that they have met all of their school obligations and paid any fines. Seniors with school items not previously returned (books, music, folders, equipment, etc.) need to have those items returned and any fines or fees paid prior to graduation. Only those graduates who have fulfilled this requirement will receive their diploma at the graduation ceremony.

Graduates with items to return or with fines to pay may pick up their diplomas by contacting Kathryn Kelley, East High Registrar.

Parent Reminder About Additional Graduation Regalia

When ordering your child’s cap and gown, you may see opportunities to purchase additional adornments through vendors or online. Before purchasing any adornment to the graduation cap or gown, please check to make sure that they are allowed. The cap and gown serve as the uniform for the graduation ceremony, so only school authorized adornments can be worn during the ceremony. Any students who bring personal items to the ceremony will be asked to leave them with family during the ceremony as they won’t be allowed to be worn on the mortar board or gown during the ceremony and there isn’t a secured space for valuables on the floor of Pinnacle Bank Arena.

East High Regalia

The following regalia is permitted for the ceremony:

  • National Honor Society: medallion
  • Native American Feather: eagle feather
  • Summa Cum Laude: gold cord
  • Magna Cum Laude: silver cord
  • Cum Laude: white cord

Requests for Final Transcripts

Graduates that require a “Final Transcript” to add to their records or for employment or post-secondary school applications must complete a “Request for Transcript” form. Final transcripts with GPA will be available after June 6, 2022.

Lifetouch Pictures

Seniors – Place your order now for commencement photos!

  1. Visit
  2. Sign up and receive notifications when your photos are available
  3. Order your graduation pictures online

What to expect:

  • Everyone will be photographed
  • Photos will be online at 2-6 weeks after the ceremony
  • Complimentary proofs mailed to graduates
  • No obligation to purchase