SENIORS!

 

SENIORS/GRADUATION
Order a senior banner here to honor your student.
Deadline: May 7th!

GRADUATION INFORMATION!

May 24th (rain date: May 27th)
SM North District Stadium (either date)
7401 Johnson Drive, Overland Park, KS

May Schedule for Seniors -- includes AP Testing and Finals here.

Required Senior Checkout Process -- Please read this!
In order to pick up your cap and gown, graduate, and receive your diploma, you must fulfill all obligations to SME. Go to the Class of 2021 Advisory class in Canvas and find the SENIOR GRADUATION CHECKOUT module for complete instructions and deadlines on all obligations and steps.

  • Students will be able to confirm the completion status of each obligation in Canvas.
  • On Wed., May 19th seniors who have completed all items will receive an email with an electronic “ticket” allowing them to pick up their cap and gown, beginning that afternoon.
  • We encourage students to begin working on these items NOW, as waiting until the last minute could delay getting your cap and gown. 

Obligations are:

  • Two senior surveys (one in Skyward and one on the SMSD website - do these NOW)
  • All fines and obligations paid (Bookkeeper - do this NOW)
  • Library materials returned (Librarian - do this NOW)
  • MacBook returned (beginning May 18th)
  • Pass all courses required for credit completion and graduation 

Since this process will be posted in Canvas, parents will be able to monitor their senior’s progress toward completion. (Parents, if you don't yet have a parent account, see the district webpage here for instructions.) 

Questions?  Contact information for each item is included in the Canvas module.

Ticket Update!
Six tickets will be distributed to each graduating senior on May 19th. Students must have all fees paid (see below) and have completed their senior checkout items (see above). 

Senior Parent Reminder About Fees Owed
Before seniors graduate… ALL senior fees and fines MUST BE paid prior to May 19th.  To pay online, click here or mail/bring your payment in to the Bookkeeping Office. Contact Joan Burnett joanburnett@smsd.org with questions. 

Ceremony
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 practice field at SM North (west side of stadium). 

Diplomas
Graduation Diplomas will NOT be handed out at the ceremony (a blank diploma cover will be handed out as graduates cross the stage).  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.

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.   

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 . 

Online Viewing of CeremonyClick here for the televised schedule for the graduation ceremony. This link will be updated as graduation nears.

After Graduation Party - Every year our PTSA holds a fun (& safe) graduation party for our seniors immediately following the graduation ceremony and it is happening this year! 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.

Please see the latest information here!

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)

Senior Cap & Gown, Announcements, and Graduation Product Orders
Please contact Derek Beck. derek.beck@balfour-rep.com or 913-549-3076 to determine if there is still time to order graduation items. If so, items can be ordered via www.balfourkc.com

Previously ordered announcements and notecards can be picked up in the SME office between 7 a.m. and 3:30pm. Caps and gowns will be distributed to students after checkout on the Senior's Last Day, May 19th.