GRADUATION BRIEFING/SENIOR CLASS PICTURE
The Graduation Briefing on Monday, June 8th, 2020 at 12:30pm in the Stevens Gym is the only time that all details and procedures of the graduation ceremony will be explained. Everyone who plans to be in the ceremony MUST be there. Early graduates and alternative school students MUST also attend if they wish to participate in the ceremony. The Senior Class Picture will also be taken at this time with all seniors dressed in gowns. Seniors MUST bring their gowns (no cap/tassel needed). Don’t be late and be left out. The picture will be taken by Empire Photography. Senior Class Picture Order Forms are available in SLC offices and should be completed and brought to the meeting/photo on June 8th along with payment to Empire Photography. Orders can NOT be turned in to West High School, they must be given directly to Empire Photography at the photo session or mailed to them at 1911 Monroe St. Madison, WI 53711.
GRADUATION DAY INFORMATION
The 2020 ceremony will be held at 1:00pm on Saturday, June 13th at the University of Wisconsin Kohl Center. Students should arrive between 12:15-12:30pm.
There are no limits on guest seating so tickets are not required. We ask that all students, parents and other spectators use the judgment necessary to preserve the dignity of the Commencement ceremony. The school has received many compliments on its efforts to make graduation a dignified and joyful experience for all. Poor behavior, by even a few, can disrupt and ruin the ceremony for other students and parents. For many friends and relatives, this Commencement ceremony becomes their only image of West High School. Your cooperation will be appreciated by all. Here is the Kohl Center Concourse Map for MMSD Graduation ceremonies.
Please allow extra time due to construction. Parking will be available beginning at 6:00am on Saturday. On the day of the ceremony, parking will be sold for $10 per vehicle on a first come, first served basis in the following lots: 29, 46, 83, and 91. Lot 48 is ADA Accessible Parking Only. Handicap accessible parking will be sold in all lots. Please review the UW parking lot map for more information on parking lot locations and costs.
HANDICAPPED ACCOMMODATIONS (Seating and Parking)
Handicapped seating is available. Call Guest Services at 263-5645 for arrangements. Due to the construction project staging area, the Kohl Center will NOT have the golf cart rides available to patrons like in years past.
There will be an area set up on both sides of the stage in the seating section for photography. These areas will be clearly marked and are to be used briefly by anyone who wishes to get closer to the stage to take a picture of their graduate. Please do not attempt to sit in these areas and respect the fact that the space needs to rotate so all families can have a good photo opportunity. Graduation Ceremony Photos of each student will also be taken professionally by Empire Photography. At the ceremony students will fill out a form with their contact information. Within one to two weeks after the ceremony, an email/letter (depending on preferred contact information) will go out to students with the proof of their photo and an order form to order the photo if desired. We are no longer able to offer the option to purchase DVD copies of graduation ceremonies. However, ceremonies will still be filmed and will be available on the district YouTube Channel a few weeks after the ceremony.
ITEMS NOT ALLOWED
Please do not bring balloons, glass vases, bubbles, beach balls, confetti, silly string or other distractions into the Kohl Center, they will be confiscated.
Seniors who have unresolved Obligations such as book fines, payment for lost materials, etc., will not receive a diploma at the ceremony. Students are reminded to pay all obligations before Final Exams. Diplomas will be sorted and sent to the Kohl Center. It will not be possible to pay obligations on Graduation Day. The remaining diplomas will be available at West High School beginning the Tuesday after Graduation in the office.
SCHOOL EMAIL ACCOUNTS
Senior student email accounts and Google accounts will deactivated after graduation. Seniors should make sure to move and save all information they want to keep. Read the Instructions to Save MMSD Google Items Upon Graduation for more information.
All colleges and universities require a final transcript to be submitted after 2nd semester grades are submitted and finalized. Students are responsible for sending their final transcript to the college or university they will be attending through their established Parchment Account. Students should go to parchment.com to request a final transcript.
"Graduation Packets" will be availabe in SLC offices starting Monday, January 6th. These packets contain information from Midwest Scholastic with a catalog and order form for graduation caps, gowns, tassels and other Class of 2020 apparel including class rings. Midwest Scholastic staff will be available to collect orders forms and payments and answer any questions regarding orders during lunch in the cafeteria on Wednesday, January 16th and Thursday, January 17th. After that, all orders must be placed directly with Midwest Scholastic online or can be mailed to Midwest Scholastic. West High School will not accept orders or payments. Orders paid in full will be available for pick-up on in April in the LMC at West High School. After that, orders can be picked up in the Ash Office.
The Civics Test is a 100 question, multiple choice test, that are the exact 100 questions from the US Naturalization Test. This is required by state law to graduate. Students must get 60 questions correct in order to pass. Please contact your counselor to complete this requirement. More information >>>
SENIOR POST-SECONDARY SURVEY
Senior surveys are conducted to collect information about student's post-secondary plans. These surveys are a required part of our students’ high school experience. This information is important data for the West High School staff and the Madison Metropolitan School District. The survey will ask for information about their post high school plans and for feedback on their preparedness to move on to the next stage of their lives. The link to the survey will be sent to student's MMSD email accounts in April. The survey will need to be completed before students can pick up their cap/gown/tassel from Midwest Scholastic during Graduation Material Distribution.
SENIOR HONORS CONVOCATION
Thursday, May 28th, 2020 at 7:00pm in the Auditorium. At this program, scholarships, awards and honors are presented to West students. Seniors graduating with honors and high honors will receive their honors cordons. Students receiving any of the awards will be sent an invitation. Parents and/or guardians are encouraged to attend.
SENIOR CLASS PARTY
Saturday, June 6th, 2020 from 7:00-11:00pm in the Cafenasium..
Saturday, May 9th, 2020 from 8-11pm at the Madison Masonic Center.
Tickets go on sale for Prom on Monday, May 4th, 2020. Tickets can be purchased in offices before school and during lunch Monday-Friday. Prices are: Monday-Thursday, $25; Friday, $30.