Senior Information

Graduation 2021- Important Dates


1- Cap and gown order deadline. They will still process your order, complete ASAP.

  • Cap/Gown/Stole are $30.00 - That is the only required purchase and includes the stole.
  • Online ordering available at


Items purchased from Balfour will be mailed to your home (except the cap and gown unit which will be delivered to the school). If you are missing items or something is incorrect, contact Balfour at 913-549-3076. Individual announcements will be available for purchase in the counseling office.


1- Email sent to all families of seniors with graduation instructions

8- Speech tryouts, after school, Little Theatre. A copy of the speech will need to be turned into Mr. Rabbitt prior to tryouts.

Sign up HERE to try out. 

15- Readers of the Roll tryouts, after school, Little Theatre

Sign up HERE to try out

28- Senior Academic Awards Program, 7:40 am, SMW auditorium (by invitation) (still tentative)


-Be prepared to turn in library books, textbooks, uniforms, computers, and all other school property before your last day of school.

-All dates for finals and rehearsal are still tentative.  Thank you for your patience.  In a normal year your last day of school would look like this: - Keep in mind we need to be flexible. 

Last day for seniors is Wednesday, May 19!

Block 1- Final Exam: 7:40 – 9:15 am

Laptop Check In: 9:30 – 10:15 am

Graduation Practice: 10:20 am

Senior Picnic: 11:15 am - outside (weather permitting)

Bring your completed Senior Checkout Form, laptop, laptop cover and charger with you to graduation practice.  Graduation instructions, cap & gown & tickets will be handed out.

All fines/fees must be paid (or arrangements made with the principal) in full prior to graduation practice. If there is an outstanding fine/fee, a cap and gown will not be issued.

 Senior Sizzle Party- May 28

11 am- 2:00 pm

Sar-Ko-Par Trails Park Grand Pavillion

Senior Sizzle is a drug and alcohol-free party sponsored by the SMW PTSA.  Tickets will be sold prior to the event.  (Last year the event was cancelled, but students still had a raffle)

Graduation ceremony May 25, 7:00 pm

at SM South District Stadium

Students to report to South by 6:20 pm.

Questions and Answers

I can't attend the required graduation rehearsal.  What do I do?

Please stop by the front office and inform the principal’s secretary.

When will I receive my cap and gown?

Graduation caps and gowns will be distributed on the last day of school at graduation practice.

How many graduation tickets will I get for family and friends?

Flexibility.  In a “normal” year, an outside graduation would have unlimited seating.  For an inside graduation, due to inclement weather, each student would be allotted five tickets for family.  Due to our current Covid crisis we do not know what the conditions will be like for our graduation ceremony.  We are planning for each individual scenario.  [In person graduation unlimited seating, in person graduation limited seating, or virtual graduation ceremony].   Our primary focus for every scenario is to make this moment in time as special as we can for our graduating seniors.

What about pictures at graduation?

There will be a professional photographer taking pictures of individual graduates as you receive your diploma.  Graduates are encouraged to pre-register for graduation pictures with Grad Images.  To preregister, check the graduation information on the SM West website.  NO OTHER CAMERAS will be allowed near the stage.

I would like to be a speaker at graduation.  What do I do?

Tryouts will be after school in the Little Theatre on April 8. Sign up HERE to try out.  

I would like to be a roll reader at graduation.  What do I do?

Tryouts will be on April 15 after school in the Little Theatre. Sign up HERE to try out.

I didn't order graduation announcements.  What can I do?

There will be a limited number of extra announcements available in the Counseling Office, and they will be sold on a first-come basis.