Senior Announcements - Graduation Information

  •  Diplomas at graduation

    Transcript requests

    Seniors applying for College: Follow these three steps to ensure your college application is complete. 

    1. Complete application to specific college/university (typically done online).
    2. Turn in a Transcript Request Form to West High’s Guidance Office. This must be done for every school you apply to, even if your official transcript will be sent electronically. The Transcript Request Form can be picked up in the Guidance Office or downloaded HERE.
    3. If your application requires a letter of recommendation from your counselor, please make an appointment to visit with your counselor and bring either a resume or "brag sheet" so that your counselor can make note of all of your accomplishments.
    4. Send your official test scores to the schools you are applying to, if you did not do so when you registered for the exam. For ACT, visit For SAT, visit

    Senior Final Transcript request

    In addition we need all seniors to complete the following google form to indicate what their future plans are after West High.  This will also serve as the student's Senior Transcipt Request.  If there are any questions please contact the guidance office at 319-688-1053.

    Senior Picture - Yearbook Photo

    Drop off your Senior photo for the yearbook in the MAIN OFFICE-Deadline is Tuesday, January 22nd. It should be a wallet-size print. It can be black and white or color. The print should be vertical in proportion and the size is about 2 1/4 inches wide and 3 1/4 inches tall. Senior Photos will be accepted after January 22nd for a $5 late fee up until January 29th.

    Graduation Merchandise Distribution

    The Jostens representative shared ordering information on Monday, October 29th during 6th period in the Arganbright Auditorium.  Josten's has now been back twice to deliver orders to the class of 2019.  Students who did not get their graduation order need to stop in the main office to pick up their items.  Students who did not yet place an order need to go to or call 319-459-1395 as soon as possible to ensure that they have what they need for the graduation ceremony.  

    Diploma List - Class of 2019  

    Seniors need to have the correct spelling of their name for their diploma turned in to Beckie Smalley in the main office by Friday, March 1st.  Seniors and their parents may verify the proper spelling of their graduate on the diploma list here.

    Senior Recognition Assembly - Wednesday, May 15, 2019 @ 9:00 am

    All Seniors need to complete the Senior Recognition form and return it to Beckie Smalley in the main office by Monday, May 3rd.  Seniors may download the form here pick one up in the main office. 

    Seniors will be recognized through scholarships and special awards.  The general format of the program allows local community groups to present scholarships to graduating seniors.  Students receiving school department awards will also be recognized individually.  Students receiving scholarships/awards from various colleges and universities will be recognized in the written program and as a group, not individually.  Students should turn in a senior recognition form to Beckie Smalley in the Main Office.  Parents are invited to attend.

    Senior Skip Day

    A senior skip day is not a school sanctioned event since seniors will already be excused from school several days before the official school year concludes.  Students should only be excused from school for reasons of illness or emergency.  Students missing school for other reasons will receive no credit for any classes missed. 

    Final day for Seniors - Thursday, May 23, 2019

    All exams and class assignments must be completed on this date, as well as all outstanding fees paid to the main office.

    Graduation Rehearsal - Thursday, May 23, 2019 - Carver Hawkeye Arena

    All seniors planning to participate in Commencement ceremonies need to attend graduation rehearsal at Carver Hawkeye Arena on Thursday, May 23rd at 11:00 am.  Students driving will have to pay to park in the Dental Lot east of the arena.  Students are encouraged to carpool.

    Commencement Ceremony - Friday May 24, 2019

    Carver Hawkeye Arena
    1 Eliot Drive
    Iowa City, IA 52242
    Doors open at 6:00 pm
    Seniors should arrive by 6:15 pm
    Commencement program begins at 7:00 pm

    No admittance tickets are necessary.  Handicap seating is available on the top level of the arena only.

    All students are required to wear the designated graduation attire and refrain from disrupting the program in any manner.

    Seniors who do not plan to participate in the graduation program should be certain to inform Beckie Smalley in the main office.

    Graduation Photos

    A professional photographer will photograph each senior as they receive their diploma and will mail a proof directly to your home address.  There is no obligation to purchase.