4 items are required to participate in the graduation commencement ceremony at the Kohl Center: a cap, gown, tassel, and stole. The total for these items is $42.99 + $5.95 shipping +$2.69 tax = TOTAL $51.63. Orders can be placed online (debit/credit card only) or with a paper order form.
- Order online with a debit or credit card
- Order with a paper order form (cash, check, debit or credit card)
Payments must be made directly to Midwest Scholastic, East High School will NOT accept payments.
ALL QUESTIONS ABOUT ORDERS SHOULD BE ADDRESSED DIRECTLY TO MIDWEST SCHOLASTIC at email@example.com or 608-437-7323.
Students may use caps, gowns, and stoles from East alumni and purchase tassels ala cart, if desired. Students who may need to borrow a cap and gown package should connect with their Neighborhood Principal, School Counselor, School Social Worker or other Student Services Staff.
Completing this East High Scholarship Application makes students eligible for 100+ scholarships made possible by very generous donors from our east side community! The application takes about an hour to complete. The deadline to complete the application is Friday January 20th, 2023.
The East High School Commencement Ceremony will take place at the Kohl Center on Friday, June 9th, 2023 at 5:00pm.
Map: Kohl Center Map
Seating: Family and guest seating is first come first serve, tickets are not required and there is no limit on the number of guests per graduate.
Entrance: Doors at Gate A on Dayton Street open for graduates, families and guests at 4:00pm. Graduates should be at the Kohl Center no later than 4:30pm in the required graduation attire (gown, stole, cap, tassel). Graduates should enter through the student gate entrance (on Dayton Street to the right of Gate A) and proceed downstairs where they will line up alphabetically. Students will go through security screening at the student entrance.
Prohibited Items: Please see the Kohl Center Carry In Policy. Note that metal detectors will be in place at the Kohl Center. No inflatables (including balloons), noise makers, or glass vases.
Accessibility: The ceremony will be fully accessible including American Sign Language Interpretation (located near section 121), closed captioning and wheelchair and wheelchair companion seating scattered through the main level concourse (100 level) and the upper level (200 level).
Parking: Carpooling is encouraged as parking is limited. Visit UW's Event Parking website for more information.
Video: The ceremony will recorded and livestreamed on the MMSD YouTube page.
Commencement Ceremony Rehearsal & Senior Class Photo - Thursday, June 8th
All Seniors should attend the Graduation Ceremony Rehearsal and Senior Class Photo (in their gowns - stoles will be distributed at this time) on Thursday, June 8th at 12:00pm in the Field House at East High School. Seniors can order a Senior Class Photo directly from Empire Photography.
Attire and Class of 2023 Apparel
4 items are required to be worn for the Commencement Ceremony: Gown, Stole, Cap, Tassel. Stoles were distributed to all Seniors at the Rehearsal on Thursday, June 8th, 2023.
Celebrations - Class of 2022 (Class of 2023 Coming Soon)
2022 Commencement Ceremony Photos
Photos by Athletic Secretary, Jeneene Olson-McConley
Photos by MMSD Public Information Officer, Liz Merfeld
Post Secondary Plans Celebration
Check out photos of the Class of 2022 Seniors sharing and celebrating their post secondary plans in the Forum on Tuesday, March 22nd, 2022.
Seniors will visit the LMC with their English class throughout the day on Friday, May 6th, 2022 to fill out their name reader card for the ceremony, sign up for Summer Melt, check for overdue fees, ensure they completed the Post High Survey App and Civics Exam Graduation Requirement, and receive their cap/gown/stole/tassel from Midwest Scholastic.
Senior Scholarship Recognition
Seniors receiving East High School scholarships will be recognized in the Theater on Thursday, June 2nd, 2022 at 6:00pm. Seniors and their families are invited to attend the recognition ceremony pending local health guidance.
Senior Brunch & Awards
On Friday, June 3rd, 2022 all Seniors are invited to the Theater from 8:30-9:30am for Senior Awards, followed by a brunch in the cafeteria from 9:30-10:30am. Yearbooks will be distributed to Seniors at this time as well.
Class of 2023 diplomas will be available for pick up at the Kohl Center after the Graduation Ceremony.
Chromebook Return & Google Account Transfer
Seniors must turn in their Chromebook and charger to Ms. M-C in the LMC between May 30th - June 5th. Seniors who are unable to return their Chromebook and charger before summer break may drop off or mail the devices to Tech Services staff at the MMSD Doyle Administration Building (545 W Dayton Street) during the summer break. If the doors at Doyle are locked, please call 608-442-2855 for assistance to return the device.
Seniors should save/transfer any/all google documents and files or the information will be lost.
All colleges and universities require a final transcript to be submitted after 2nd semester grades are submitted and finalized. Students are responsible for sending their final transcript to the college or university they will be attending through their established Parchment Account. Students should go to parchment.com to request a final transcript. This electronic service allows you to order transcripts online at any time and track the status of requested transcripts.
Here are the Steps for Sending Final Transcripts:
Students need to send final transcripts through Parchment.com
1) Log in to your Parchment.com Account (you can retrieve user name or password, if you have forgotten these)
2) Click on Order
3) Type in the name of the School you will be attending
4) Switch where it says "send now" to "Hold for Grades"
5) Click continue and submit payment.
- Students who haven't used their 4 free transcripts will not be charged.
- Students who have already used their waivers will be charged $4.40 (need a credit/debit card to pay)
Transcripts will then be released by our registrar once final transcripts have been updated which usually takes place around June 15.
Class of 2023 Senior Portraits
Seniors have the option to submit a portrait to be featured in the yearbook instead of using their LifeTouch photo taken at school. Please be aware that many seniors have family or friends take their photos for free; some are taken with phones. Please do not spend large amounts of money for professional photos.
Deadline: Friday, November 4, 2022
Submission Instructions: Email portraits meeting the below criteria as an attachment to Ms. April van Buren, the yearbook adviser, at aLvanBuren@madison.k12.wi.us with the student's name and student ID number. Photos should be:
- Vertical (at least 4”X 6”)
- Without props, face-covering filters or complicated backgrounds
- Follow MMSD dress code
- A high resolution digital image (at 300 ppi/dpi)
- In file format of: .JPG, TIFF, PNG or PDF
- Do not send screenshots or Snapchat photos - they do not print well even though they often look great on a computer or phone screen.
Class of 2023 Senior Tributes
Purchasing a Senior Tribute is a great way to honor graduates, or group of graduates (such as a soccer team, group of best friends etc.) with photos and a special message in the Yearbook that will last a lifetime. Four sizes are available:
- 1/8 page tribute, $35, max 1 pictures allowed, max 20 words allowed
- 1/4 page tribute, $60, max 3 pictures allowed, max 50 words allowed
- 1/2 page tribute, $110, max 6 pictures allowed, max 125 words allowed
- Full page tribute, $220, max 10 pictures allowed, max 175 words allowed
Payment options available.
Deadline: Friday, December 16, 2022
Submission Instructions (3 options):
- Order online at https://yearbookforever.com/ & have the yearbook staff design the ad for you. (Confused? Watch the first 45 sec. of this how-to video; select “have the school design my ad”)
- Order online at https://yearbookforever.com/ & design the tribute with our easy online design tools. (Confused? Watch this 2 min. how-to video)
- Complete the order form (COMING SOON) and submit it along with photos (you may email photos too).