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. Get a Transcript Request Form in the West High’s Guidance Office, complete it and turn it in to the guidance secretary. This must be done for every school you apply to, even if your official transcript will be sent electronically. 
    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 www.actstudent.org. For SAT, visit www.collegeboard.com.

     Graduation Information


    Graduation Merchandise Packet Pick-Up, Monday, October 28th, 2019. Orders due Friday, November 1st, 2019.

    The Jostens representative will be at West High during lunch on Monday, October 28th to share information about ordering graduation caps, gowns, and tassels, as well as class rings. The representative will return on Friday, November 1st to collect orders and payment.


    Senior Picture Yearbook Photo - by January 21, 2020

    Drop off your Senior photo for the yearbook in the MAIN OFFICE. Deadline is Tuesday, January 21st. 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 21st for a $5 late fee, up until January 29th.


    Confirm Diploma Name Spelling - by February 28, 2020

    Seniors need to have the correct spelling of their name for their diploma turned in to Lisa Goodwin in the main office by Friday, February 28th. Pick up a form in the main office.


    Senior Final Transcript request - April 2020

    In April 2020, the guidance office will request that all seniors complete a Google Form to indicate what their future plans are after West High.  This will also serve as the student's senior transcript request.  If there are any questions please contact the guidance office at 319-688-1053.


    Senior Recognition Assembly - Wednesday, May 13, 2020 @ 9:00 am, Arganbright Auditorium

    In April, a form will be made available to seniors to list their awards and accomplishments. This form will be due to Lisa Goodwin in the Main Office in early May.

    At the Recognition Assembly, 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. 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 21, 2020

    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 21, 2020 @ 11:00am

    All seniors planning to participate in the Commencement ceremony must attend graduation rehearsal at Carver Hawkeye Arena on Thursday, May 21st 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 - Saturday, May 23, 2020 @ 7:00pm

    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 Lisa Goodwin 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.