Graduation

**At this time we do not have confirmed information of when caps and gowns will be distributed to our senior students. Once a plan is in place that follows the safety guidelines our website will be updated with more information pertaining to Graduation.**

 

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: www.balfourkc.com. Orders are not accepted in the SME office.  Caps and gowns are distributed to students after checkout on the Senior's Last Day (date to be announced after Spring Break).  **Any Graduation Announcements, or extras that were ordered can be picked up by your Senior during Lunch outside the Cafeteria on Thursday, February 27th & 28th. Paid items will be held in the office after these dates**

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

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 https://inter-state.com/Home. To be in the yearbook, you MUST take a senior yearbook photo.  Purchase of pictures is optional.

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 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. The order deadline has been extended to Monday, March 30th. 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

Senior Class T-Shirts 
Class of 2020, order your senior shirt here.

After Graduation Party 
It is less than ten weeks until graduation! Which means it is less than ten weeks until the after graduation party!

Every year our PTSA holds a fun (& safe) graduation party for our seniors immediately following the graduation ceremony. The shindig is held at school and is a great way for our kids to celebrate with their classmates.

This event relies on support from the PTSA and parents of East students from every grade. Knowing that each child will be enjoying this party some day, we look at it as a 'pay it forward' type of situation.

The donation request varies by grade...
for Freshmen, it is $20 per family
for Sophomores, it is $30 per family
for Juniors, it is $40 per family
for Seniors, it is $50 per family

If you have multiple students attending East, please donate based on total, not just one child (for example, a family with a freshman and a senior would donate $70)

You can donate through Venmo (@SMEAfterGradCelebration) or send a check made payable to SME PTSA to Tiffonie Dirks (4127 West 73rd Street, Prairie Village, KS 66208).
We genuinely appreciate your support to make this an incredible experience for our seniors!

Please reach out with any questions.
2020 SME Grad Party Committee
Tiffonie Dirks (816-695-9698)
Amy Cotton (816-305-6931)

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 https://inter-state.com/Home.  

Senior Parents
Letters were 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 prior to February 14th to Ashley Gorden –ashleygorden@smsd.org. 

Diplomas
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.

Tickets Needed Only if Ceremony is Moved Indoors
Each senior will receive five (5) tickets when they pick up their cap and gown.  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, www.gradimages.com 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 giservice@gradimages.net . 

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