Chris Mitchell
Assistant Principal for
Student Services
Dear Seniors and Parents:
Glenbard West High School will hold its Commencement for the Class of 2017 at  6:00 p.m. on Friday, June 2, 2017.  Our teachers and administrators are looking forward to this ceremony that will recognize the accomplishments of the Class of 2017.  We know how hard they have worked to achieve their goals and prepare themselves for life beyond high school. Most have built relationships and connections within the school that will last a lifetime.  We would like to emphasize the importance of exiting with pride and acknowledge that the most important tradition is for our seniors to end the school year with positive memories and enriching experiences.  Our faculty and staff are hard at work planning a Commencement ceremony that will allow your graduate  and family members the opportunity to celebrate this special moment.
The administration, faculty and staff at West believe that it is important to make the end of the year special for seniors.  We know that our seniors and their parents share this objective.  We have worked with student leadership and planned a number of activities that are designed to maintain expectations, celebrate the accomplishments and recognize the achievements of our graduates.  

As we look forward to this year's culminating activities, we will maintain our expectations for serious work and proper behavior through the last day of student attendance.  There have been unfortunate times when a graduating senior used poor judgment during these last days in high school and engaged in campus vandalism or improper conduct.  Please realize that such behavior could jeopardize that student's participation in the Commencement ceremony and/or result in more serious consequences.  This year we have held meetings with senior leaders to hear their concerns and make sure our expectations are known and clear.  Also, remember that there are NO "ditch days" and students who miss school for unauthorized reasons will face academic and disciplinary consequences.  We appreciate the support we receive from parents in maintaining a respectful and safe environment for all students throughout the school year.  

We look forward to sharing this Commencement with our families and the Class of 2017. Commencement will be an occasion where we reflect the significance of their accomplishments and the pride we all feel on their behalf.  Please contact me with any questions or concerns.
Chris Mitchell
Assistant Principal for Student Services
Important Dates
Wednesday, April 12 - Mandatory Senior Meeting in the auditorium (periods 7 & 8)
Friday, May 05 - All Graduation Forms Due to Student Services
Wednesday, May 17  - Complete Senior Exit Survey and Graduation Survey in Naviance
Wednesday, May 17 - Senior Honors Convocation 7:30 p.m./ Auditorium
Monday, May 22 thru Thursday, May 25 - Textbooks and iPads return to Bookstore
Wednesday, May 24 - All financial obligations due
Thursday, May 25 - Locker clean out
Friday, May 26 - Senior Picnic/Last Day
Wednesday, May 31 - Mandatory Commencement Rehearsal 11:30 a.m./Field House  
Friday, June 2 - Commencement Day report by 5:00 p.m./Field House 

Items for Seniors
TextBooks/iPads - Seniors need to return all rented books and iPads before May 25.  Students who do NOT return books/iPad will be fined.  
Cap, Gown & Commencement Tickets - Seniors with all obligations resolved will be issued their cap, gown and Commencement tickets at the conclusion of  Commencement Rehearsal on May 31.  If you have not  ordered a cap and gown, please contact Herff Jones immediately at (815)756-4743 or Visit their website.
Commencement DVD - Communication Resource Management will be providing a DVD 
of Commencement for all interested parties.  To order your copy please visit:
Photographs - Grad Images is the official photographer for the Commencement Ceremony. Each graduate will be photographed and the proofs will be available for viewing soon after the event at .
Senior Picnic - Starting period 6 on May 26, the entire senior class will come together to enjoy  sharing memories, looking forward to graduation and eating some delicious picnic food. "Senior Most" awards will take place at the end of the picnic and seniors will leave campus at 2:00 p.m.

Tickets - Each senior participating in Commencement will receive four tickets.  Students can request 
up to four additional tickets by using and returning the extra ticket form by May 5. More ticket information enclosed.

Commencement Guidelines

Commencement Eligibility
Students must meet the following criteria in order to be eligible to participate in  the Commencement ceremony:
  1. Successfully complete academic and attendance requirements from Glenbard West High School (as specified in the Castle Keys Handbook) during the first or second semester of the 2016-2017 school year.
  2. Clear all financial obligations by 2:45 p.m. on Wednesday, May 24.
Responsibilities of Graduates
  1. Be sure that you have ordered your cap and gown.  If for some reason you have not, you may still do so through Herff-Jones (815) 756-4743 or  here.
  2. Complete with parent the Commencement Participation Form here.
  3. Complete the online Senior Survey in Naviance between April 12 - May 17.
  4. Clean out your locker by Thursday, May 25.  Anything left will be donated, recycled or disposed of.
  5. Clear all obligations and responsibilities by Wednesday, May 24 to the appropriate personnel.
  6. Attend Commencement Rehearsal.  Report promptly to the Commencement Rehearsal in the Field House at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, May 31.  Participation in the rehearsal is mandatory.  NOTE:  Failure to participate in the Commencement Rehearsal may result in the student being excluded from the ceremony.
  7. Panoramic photo for 2017.  To order the photo taken at Commencement Rehearsal Visit their website.
  8. Remember to wear appropriate Commencement attire.  Students are expected to dress in a manner appropriate to the occasion.  Boys are to wear dress slacks and dress shirts. Girls should wear dress attire.  All students are to wear dress shoes.  Note:  If a student arrives in inappropriate attire, they will be asked to change or NOT march in the processional.
  9. Maintain the dignity of the Commencement ceremony.  Be respectful, quiet and attentive during the Commencement ceremony so that parents, friends and guests have the opportunity to hear all of the graduates names being announced.
  10. When taking the diploma on stage, remember to use a firm handshake; make eye contact with the presenter of your diploma, while taking your diploma with your left hand and shaking hands with your right hand.  If you want to assure that your name is pronounced correctly during the Commencement ceremony, there will be an opportunity during the rehearsal to speak to those who will be reading names.
  11. Save cheering for the end of the ceremony.
  12. Avoid gum chewing, food or use of cell phones.
  13. Please do not bring purses.  There is no place to put them, you'll be holding a diploma.
  14. Enjoy the ceremony! 
NOTE:  Seniors who do not wish to adhere to these responsibilities or choose not to march at Commencement can pick up their diplomas from the registrar after June 5, 2017.

Responsibilities of Parents
  1. Complete the Commencement Participation Form here.
  2. Be aware of the extra ticket request form if needed, this form is due no later than May 5.
  3. Arrive to Commencement early.  The gates will open at 4:30 p.m.
  4. Avoid shouting out and/or clapping between the reading of names.  We want everyone to hear each graduate's name announced and this can only be accomplished if everyone remains quiet during the ceremony.  Please hold your applause until all names have been read.
  5. Avoid bringing large bouquets, latex or Mylar balloons or umbrellas please.
  6. Once the home side bleachers are filled to capacity or at 6 p.m., all spectators will be asked to sit on the visitor's side or the air-conditioned auditorium where closed-circuit viewing is available.
  7. Be aware that should there be inclement weather and Commencement is held indoors, ONLY the GREEN (all admission) and WHITE (handicapped) tickets will be recognized in Biester.  All other tickets (GOLD) will be designated for the auditorium.
  8. The complete ceremony will take approximately 90 minutes.