Information for the Class of 2021Update! Graduation date has changed to 7 p.m., Monday, May 24, 2021

NEW! Celebrate your Senior with a Senior Banner!

Senior Cap & Gown, Announcements, and Graduation Product Orders
Please see video presentation here!
The time for seniors to order graduation announcements and caps and gowns is here!  Balfour is providing Shawnee Mission East with a custom graduation announcement for the class of 2021.  The graduation announcement, designed by members of the senior class, is an exclusive design that will feature the official Shawnee Mission East crest, school building etching, and student name--no name cards needed.

Your senior will have an opportunity to purchase Shawnee Mission East custom announcements, caps and gowns, graduation rings, senior gear, and other senior products through Balfour at  All products come with a complete warranty.

Senior gear, accessories, rings, and apparel will be delivered directly to you.  Graduation announcements and caps and gowns will be delivered at school in the spring.  

Please place your order by the extended group order deadline of December 11th to ensure on time delivery.  If you prefer an order form to complete to mail in your order, you may pick one up in the main office at the school.  If you have questions, please call our Balfour representative, Mr. Derek Beck, at 913-549-3076.

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).  

Senior Yearbook Pictures 
Senior photos were taken in October with re-takes on Dec. 10th. Interstate Studios order forms are available online at Purchase of pictures is optional. 

Senior Legacy Tiles 
The East Fund is proud to announce the 7th 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.  Click here for form.


Senior Parents
Letters will be mailed out to all senior families with information regarding your senior’s name for his/her diploma in February. Please check for accuracy, and report any corrections to Krissie Wiggins - by March 1. 

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.

7:00PM, Monday, May 24th, 2021 at Shawnee Mission North Stadium (7401 Johnson Drive, Overland Park, KS 66202). Seniors must arrive by 6:00PM and report to the Auditorium

Graduation Diplomas will NOT be handed out at the ceremony.  Seniors will be able to pick up diplomas at SM East's Main Office, between 7:00AM – 3:00PM after our Graduation Ceremony.  Seniors who have outstanding balances or fines will NOT receive a diploma.

Tickets Needed Only if Ceremony is Moved Indoors (subject to change)
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 (subject to change)
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 (subject to change)
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 . 

Online Viewing of CeremonyClick here for the televised schedule for the graduation ceremony.

After Graduation Party (subject to change)

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)