SM East 2020 Graduation is on Tuesday, May 12, 2020 at 7:00PM

Graduation is on Tuesday, May 12, 2020 beginning at 7:00PM at Shawnee Mission North Stadium (7401 Johnson Drive, Overland Park, KS 66202).  Seniors must arrive by 6:00PM and report to the Auditorium


Senior Cap & Gown, Announcements, and Graduation Products
Balfour is the graduation company for Shawnee Mission East. All seniors participating in the SME graduation ceremony must buy a cap/gown/tassel. Seniors will purchase and keep these items. Order online at: Orders are not accepted in the SME office.  Caps and gowns are distributed to students after checkout on Friday, May 8, 2020.

Senior Class Panoramic Picture
Interstate Studios will be at SME to take the Senior Class Panoramic on Friday, August 16 at 7:00AM in the aux gym. We encourage all seniors to be in the picture.  Purchase of this picture is optional. If you would like to purchase a panoramic class picture, seniors will need to come early and bring the order form with payment to give to the photographer at the time of the picture. Order forms will be available online at  

Senior Yearbook Pictures 
Interstate Studios will be at SME to take Senior Yearbook photos on Thursday, August 29 from 8:30am-1:00PM in the library.  Seniors will be able to stop in anytime to get their picture taken.  Order forms will be available online at To be in the yearbook, you MUST take a senior yearbook photo.  Purchase of pictures is optional.

Senior Parent Reminder About Fees Owed
Before seniors graduate… ALL senior fees and fines MUST BE paid prior to senior checkout on Friday, May 8th.  To pay online, click here or mail/bring in your payment to the Bookkeeping Office. Thank you.

Senior Yearbook Ads
Seniors are able to purchase an ad to place in the yearbook.  Ads consist of pictures and text of your senior.  Click here for the ad contract.  Last day to place an ad in the yearbook will be provided once the school year begins. 

Senior Parents
Letters will be mailed out to all senior families with information regarding your senior’s name for his/her diploma. Please check for accuracy and report any corrections to Ashley Gorden – 

Senior Legacy Tiles 
The East Fund is proud to announce the 6th installation of the Lancer Legacy - Senior Wall Project.  6x6 tiles are available for purchase that display your senior's first and last name, activities and/or phrase (20 characters or less including spaces) and background artwork. Each tile is printed in Lancer Blue with the background artwork in gray and will  be mounted on a dedicated wall as a permanent fixture at SME.  All proceeds will benefit the Love Fund. Order by February 1st for Discount Pricing.  All Orders Must Be Received on or before Feb. 10th.  Click here for form

Senior Grad Banners
If you are interested in getting a banner for your Graduating Senior to hang on your house, porch, fence, etc. click on the following link

After Graduation Party 
The 2020 After Grad Party will be held immediately after Graduation and all seniors are welcome and encouraged to attend!  This is an East SENIORS ONLY event (no guests allowed).  It is a fun filled night with games, food, DJ’s and TONS of prizes for everyone that will cap off four great years at Shawnee Mission East!  The PTSA sponsor this traditional party, and relies on support from the entire school. It is a tradition that every family is asked to contribute. Senior families are asked to donate $50, Junior families $40, Sophomore families $30 and Freshman families $20. An update with how to donate will be provided soon. 

Tickets Needed Only if Ceremony is Moved Indoors
Each senior will receive five (5) tickets when they pick up their cap and gown on Friday, May 8.  Tickets to graduation are only needed if the ceremony is moved indoors to the SM North Gymnasium due to inclement weather (the decision is made by 1PM on Graduation day).  Family members not able to be in the gym will be seated in the SM North Auditorium with a live feed of the graduation ceremony.  No ticket is needed for the Auditorium seating.

Special Needs Seating for Graduation Ceremony
Ground level seating is provided on the press box side of the stadium field for visitors who have special needs.  All family members may sit with their loved one on the field if you choose too.  This is open seating and seats are not assigned.  Graduation Hosts will be available with golf carts to assist visitors to these seats and will gladly see that they arrive and depart safely.  If the ceremony is moved indoors due to inclement weather, special needs seating will be on the floor at the back of the gym. 

Auditorium Seating Available Rain or Shine
The graduation ceremony will be streamed live on a large screen in the SM North Auditorium even if the ceremony is outdoors that evening. Families who do not wish to sit outside on the stadium bleachers or prefer this option for special needs seating will be able to come to the North Auditorium.  Seating is first come, first serve.

Graduation Pictures
Grad Images will be photographing all graduates at the graduation ceremony.  You can pre-register your email, as well as friends and family e-mail addresses at, and select Pre-Registration. Grad Images will contact you as soon as their photos are available for online viewing and ordering. Grad Images can also be contacted at 1-800-261-2576 or . 

Graduation Diplomas will NOT be handed out at the ceremony.  Seniors will be able to pick up diplomas at SM East beginning on May 13, 7:00AM – 3:00PM in the main entrance.  After May 26, diplomas will be available in the main office, 7:00AM-3:00PM.  Seniors who have outstanding balances or fines will NOT receive a diploma.

High School Graduation Ceremonies – Watch Live on Cable or Online - Click here for the televised schedule for the graduation ceremony.