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Graduation Ceremony - Friday, June 11th, 2021

Our graduation ceremonies are scheduled for Friday, June 11th (with a rain date of Sunday, June 13th). * Subject to change based on Dane County Public Health Orders.

We have solidified the ceremony times for our 4 Graduation Ceremonies on Friday, June 11th:

11:00am - Regent SLC

1:30pm - Van Hise SLC

4:00pm - Highland SLC

6:30pm - Ash SLC

The ceremonies will be held outdoors at Mansfield Stadium.  Mansfield is located at Memorial High School, 201 S. Gammon Rd.  

  • We are holding 4 ceremonies to allow for each graduate to invite up to 4 guests.

  • Students will be split into SLC’s for each ceremony

  • Each ceremony will last approximately 1 hour.  Specific times are TBD but will likely being early afternoon and conclude early evening

  • 6 feet distance between families will be required.

  • Masks must be worn at all times.

  • We thank you in advance for observing these Covid mitigation measures for everyone’s comfort and safety.


Planning Committees

Parent Committee

Thank you to a group of West parents, led by Laura Berghan, who are working to plan a Senior Celebration during the final week of school.  Plans are still being finalized for this event.  If you’d like to get involved, please email Laura directly at ljberghahn@gmail.com.  Other members of this team are Libby Schick, Sangita Patankar, Renee Thomas, Jessica Zappia, Deb Neff, Melissa, Scholz, Nancy Massaggia.  Thank you so much to these parents for helping to make our seniors final days at West High School memorable.

Student Committee

Interested in being part of a student graduation/senior celebration planning committee? Email Natalie at nkloranger@madison.k12.wi.us and she will add you to the meetings!


Digital Billboard

Seniors will be showcased in a digital billboard campaign in Madison as well as other media platforms. These billboards will run from June 6th-June 20th. The period to confirm your consent to use your name and photo for this campaign is now over.

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Caps, Gowns and Other Graduation Items

Caps/Gowns/Tassels/Stoles

We know that this pandemic has created significant financial hardships for some of our students and their families. That is why, for this year’s graduating class, MMSD will cover the cost of cap/gown/tassel/stole units for graduating seniors.

Ordering window officially closed on February 26th, but you can still submit your orders.

If you only want to order the free cap/gown/tassel/stole unit, please follow these steps:

  1. Click here for your official school store:  https://www.mwscholastic.com/2021-west-store (all other graduation supplies can be ordered at this link as well)

  2. Scroll down to the cap and gown box

  3. Click on the cap and gown image at the top of that page

  4. Fill out student height and weight (your gown is made to the dimensions you provide.  Please make sure this is accurate)

  5. Click: add to cart, then view cart, then checkout

  6. Fill in all fields on the checkout page. We MUST have:  Student name and school attending (bottom of checkout)

  7. Click continue, click place order

If you are interested in ordering any other graduation supplies, such as senior apparel, official school announcements, or party invitations, those items are available on our website. Here is more information on those offerings: https://www.mwscholastic.com/2021-grad-info-video. Please be aware that no refunds will be issued for any of these items. 

We will have a delivery day at school for the caps, gowns, tassels and stoles, and class announcements, closer to graduation in the spring. We will email details of that delivery a week prior to that day. If you order a hoodie, joggers, long sleeve shirt or a sling bag, those items will be delivered to your home within 2-4 weeks. You will receive an email prior to that delivery.

If you are interested, you may also design your custom graduation ring here: https://www.mwscholastic.com/shop and click on "class rings".

Please let us know if you have any questions by emailing questions@mwscholastic.com.

Senior T-shirt, Mask & Yard Sign

The school will provide a Senior t-shirt, mask and yard sign for all seniors, free of cost.

Yearbooks

If you have not purchased a yearbook yet and would like to request one, please fill out this form: WHS 2021 Senior Yearbook Request


Cap/Gown Distribution

We distributed caps/gowns and other items ordered from Midwest Scholastic on Monday, April 26th.

If you still need to pick up your cap/gown, in-person students can stop by the Ash office to do so. Virtual students can come to the Monday Materials Distributions in the Van Hise Gym, 9-3pm (entrance from the parking lot).


Donate to the West Graduation Fund

If you would like to contribute to West's graduation fund, please complete this form.


Prom

While we are unable to hold an in-person prom this year, we'd still like to honor some of the West traditions around Prom.  

  • Prom Court has been voted for and will be announced Tuesday, May 4th.
  • Court members will meet and develop their skit ideas.
  • Skits will be performed in the gym and recorded.  One video presentation of all of the skits will be compiled and sent out on May 14th. 
  • Regent Royalty will be announced at the end of the video.

Spirit Days

Monday: Pajama Day
Tuesday: Dress up as your favorite TV/Movie Character
Wednesday: Twin Day
Thursday: Decades Day
Friday: School Colors (By Grade - 9th: Red, 10th: White, 11th: Gold, 12th: Blue)

Please reach out to Ms. Thiel (mmthiel@madison.k12.wi.us) or Ms. Cassiday (akcassiday@madison.k12.wi.us) if you have any questions. 


Senior Party

Seniors: Save the date for a class party! 

Thursday, June 10, 5-8pm at the West High Fields (note new time!)

Food, music, games, and time to hang out with your senior class.

Everything is free!