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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.

1:00 - Regent and Van Hise SLC's

4:30 - Highland and Ash SLC's

As part of our preparation for a socially distanced, outdoor graduation ceremony, we are limiting each student to 4 guests.  Please fill out the attached form to request the number of tickets your family will need.  It is very important that only one person from each family fill out this form. Seating is extremely limited and we need to account for every single person. Families will receive wristbands when they check in before their graduation ceremony - there will not be a ticket pick-up.

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

  • We are holding 2 ceremonies to allow for each graduate to invite up to 4 guests.

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

  • Students and guests may begin arriving 1 hour before their ceremony. Students must arrive at least a half hour before their ceremony.

  • Each ceremony will last approximately 1.5 hours.

  • 6 feet distance between families will be required.

  • Masks are optional. 

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


Please check out this document and this video to get an idea of how things will work at graduation.

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  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 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.


There will also be a "Congratulations Class of 2021" billboard special for West at 2741 University Ave 231 ft E/O N Franklin Ave SS from June 7th until June 21st.

Caps, Gowns and Other Graduation Items


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: (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: 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: and click on "class rings".

Please let us know if you have any questions by emailing


This year every student will receive a stole to wear at graduation with your cap/gown - you do not have to have ordered one separately. Stoles are here at school and ready for pickup. Please pick-up following the details below:

Cohort 1: Gallery (near Ash St. entrance) on Tuesday, June 1st or Wednesday, June 2nd at 12:30 (after classes)

Cohort 2: Gallery (near Ash St. entrance) on Thursday, May 27th at 12:30 (after classes)

Virtual students: Van Hise St. (materials drop-off day) on Monday, June 7th from 9-3pm (more details to come re: materials drop-off)

Senior T-shirt, Mask & Yard Sign

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

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, you 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.


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 ( or Ms. Cassiday ( if you have any questions. 

Senior Party

Class of 2021 Senior Party - PARTY IN THE PARK 


You may have heard about the Senior Party (details below). The party is FREE for students, but the approximate cost for each student is $25. ALL funding for this party comes from donations. Families, if you’re able, please help support this fun event for our seniors. ALL contributions are appreciated.

Make your donation online here or send a check (Made out to Friends of West) to Jessica Harrison, 5050 Lake Mendota Drive, Madison, WI 53705. All donations go directly to support this party.

A huge thanks to all who have already donated! If you previously donated online or to West PTO, we have transferred those donations to Friends of West.


We need every student to sign a “take responsibility” form. It can be signed ahead of time or when they arrive at the party. It’s quick - just 2 questions. Click here to sign now.



Thursday, June 10, 2021

5 - 8 p.m.

Olin Park

SENIOR DANCE in the pavilion

LAWN GAMES in the park overlooking the lake

PHOTOBOOTH with keepsake photo strips

PRIZES drawn throughout the event - including Beats headphones, bluetooth speakers, AirPods, Eno Hammock, Patagonia sling, preseason Packers tickets, gift cards!

STAFF Whipped-cream-eating contest


BRING your ID, a blanket and if you want, your own games to enjoy!  

DRESS UP, DRESS DOWN - it's your party, make it what you want! 

Don't miss this great opportunity to reconnect with friends, dance and celebrate!

Finish strong, finish FUN, Senior Class of '21!

Sponsored by Friends of West, Inc. Not a school-sanctioned event

Senior Honors Convocation

To honor our seniors who have exhibited outstanding leadership, school and community engagement,  and dedication to academics, we are presenting the 2021 Senior Honors Convocation and Scholarship Award Ceremony in virtual format.  Please enjoy the presentation and congratulate our seniors for their hard work and commitment to excellence.

2021 Senior Honors Convocation and Scholarship Award Ceremony presentation

Termination of MMSD Google Account

Access to your school district devices and accounts will expire on September 30, 2021. 

This includes: 

  • Your MMSD network login 

  • Your district Google account (including email, calendar and docs)

  • District-owned and issued computers, stored data, appointments and messages

Every year there are alumni who contact us looking for content that they (and we) can no longer access, so please plan ahead! We’d hate to see you lose that award-winning project you worked on or research paper you wrote. You should be proud of your work, and I do hope you want to save some of it. 

Prior to the last day of school, we recommend forwarding or saving important emails, critical documents, and shared resources. (For help saving your Google email and documents, please see these instructions.) 

If you are still accessing your district network, emails, and Google services through summer, expect to receive automated emails reminding you to do this before September 30. 

Looking forward to seeing you all walk across that stage this June. Finish strong! I know you can do it. 

If you have any questions about this, please email