Senior Class Information

Senior Pictures
All senior portraits should be delivered to West by mid November, with January 15, 2021 as an absolute deadline. Please email it to Please bring this letter with you to the studio at the time of your appointment.

Senior Baby Pictures For Yearbook Inclusion
These photos are due by December 1st, 2020. Please make sure you send your baby picture in JPEG format. Please email it to

Cap and Gown Information
Class of 2021: The items required for graduation are cap, gown, stole, and tassel. The required items can be purchased in this basic package.

Online ordering is the preferred method for placing your graduation orders. Questions or to place your order by phone 1-800-567-8367. If you wish to order more expensive packages, you may be interested in the offerings available here.

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Golden Tassel Awards
We will not have a separate Golden Tassel event this year.  Seniors who earn a golden tassel will be given their golden tassels in Homeroom this year on May 25th.  

Graduation, May 27th, 6:00pm
We are excited to announce that we have secured an outdoor venue, which will allow us to have up to four tickets per graduating senior.  Normally, we issue somewhere between three to five tickets per senior for our auditorium, which would not be possible in a year in which we have to socially distance.  So, this year, we are using the Timber Rattler stadium.  West was given permission to rent the Timber Rattler stadium because our football stadium does not have the seating capacity that East or North has.  To be fair to all seniors, it was decided that each senior be given four total tickets.

Graduation Live Stream
We have hired a professional company to stream graduation to our YouTube channel, which is accessible at this link. We believe the live presentation of our event will be a great way to share with more family and friends.

Rain Contingencies
If we have an inordinate amount of rain or other inclement weather, we will need to move our Commencement Ceremonies inside to the West High School Auditorium. In that event, we will limit seating to two family members per student. A decision will be made by 1:00pm on May 27th about a move and will be announced on our website. Please dress appropriately for misting or light rain, as we will have our ceremony at the Timber Rattler stadium in such mild weather conditions. 

Tickets for Graduation
The Timber Rattlers will print tickets, assigning families to PODS in their stadium. All PODS will be randomly assigned. Each senior will be given two “weather” tickets in case of inclement weather which can be used at West in the auditorium. Timber Rattler stadium tickets and weather tickets will be issued in Homeroom on May 25th.   

Timber Rattler Stadium

We will honor all the mitigation and social distancing rules set forth by the Timber Rattlers. This includes, most importantly, wearing a properly fitted mask.  

Graduation Rehearsal
We will have a graduation rehearsal on May 27th. Details will be shared with senior students in Homeroom.  

Graduation Party
All graduates are encouraged to attend a special graduation party at West High School following our commencement ceremony. All social distancing standards will be enforced, most importantly, wearing a properly fitted mask. Graduates who wish to attend are expected to arrive at school through the pool lot entrance between 9:30pm and 10:00pm. 

Once graduates leave for the evening, they may not return. Please dress accordingly for this outdoor event. Thank you to our parents who have worked so hard to make this event special. If you have not had an opportunity to be part of this special tradition, please consider helping with upcoming fundraising events. Our seniors always appreciate all of the effort on their behalf.