INFORMATION FOR SENIORS

  • Class of 2024 Graduation--Recent Updates:

    Please Scroll all the way to the bottom of the page for all things graduation

    • You can still order your cap/gown.  Please do so ASAP!!!
      • Please scroll down for detailed ordering instructions with pictures.

     

    • Jostens Cap/Gown Delivery Dates:  April 18th and 26th
    • Location:  East Courtyard between guidance and PAC
    • Time:  Alpha Time/SIT 12:00-1:00 PM
    • During this 2-day event, Jostens will take cap/gown orders in person for a price of $52 CASH ONLY + TAX.  
    • All online orders will be subject to additional late processing fees.
    • Any/All orders placed after April 15th will be delivered at Graduation Practice on May 24th.

     

    • Senior Panoramic Picture will be taken in the Athletic Game Gym on Friday, May 3rd at 1:30 PM

     

     

     

    • Mandatory Graduation Practice: Friday, May 24, 2024 at 9 AM at the World Equestrian Center
      • Seniors must arrive in the Expo #1 parking lot by 8:45 AM to check-in.

     

    • Graduation Date: Tuesday, May 28, 2024 at 8:00 AM at the World Equestrian Center.
      • Seniors must arrive in the Expo #1 parking lot by 5:45 AM to check-in.

     

     

    Follow the directions below to place your order:

     

        • Please follow the directions outlined below to access the most basic Cap/Gown/Medallion Unit.  The cost is $52.00 plus shipping and tax.  You will also receive a tassel with this package.  You do not need to buy an additional tassel.  You do NOT need one of the more expensive packges.  Again, please follow the directions below to access the $52.00 option.
          • All post-Christmas orders have an increased shipping fee. 
          • The final total will now be $80. 

     

            • From the Jostens Homepage
              • Enter West Port into the "Find My School Box" (make sure you choose the West Port, in Ocala, FL)
              • On the next page you should see "Hello Wolves"

              • Please scroll down the page and select "Shop Graduation" 

     

              •   On the next page, scroll down and select "Shop All" 

     

              • On the next page, scroll down to the "Cap & Gown Section."  Select the "Cap and Gown Medallion Unit--$52.00"--It will include a tassel...there is no need to add a tassel to this package)  

    Also, if you are graduating with your AA or if you already have a gown...

    • Graduation caps (mortar boards), tassels, and medallions can be purchased individually from Jostens/Rhodes Graduation anytime when Jostens/Rhodes is on campus.  They will also have them for sale at graduation practice and on graduation day.

    They will accept cash only.

    • Caps=$10
    • Tassels=$10
    • Medallions=$12

     

     

    MANDATORY GRADUATION PRACTICE--

    Date:  Friday, May 24, 2024--Family and friends are NOT permitted to attend grad practice.

    Time:  9:00 AM--Seniors must be in the parking lot by 8:45 AM to check-in

    Location:  World Equestrian Center--Expo Center #1

    • All seniors MUST attend graduation practice that day. --Family and friends are NOT permitted to attend grad practice!
    • Seniors who do not attend graduation practice may not be permitted to participate in the graduation ceremony.  

    • Do NOT bring backpacks, purses, fanny packs, or any other bags to graduation practice.  Phones are permitted--Again, phones are OK.

    Map

    GRADUATION 

    Date:  May 28, 2024 

    Time:  8:00 AM

    Location: World Equestrian Center

    Senior Arrival Time: Seniors must be in the parking lot by 5:45 AM to check-in

    Procession:  The procession from Expo Center #1 to the WEC Stadium (see map) will begin promptly at 7:30 AM

    Graduation Time:  Opening remarks will begin at 8 AM

    Tickets: No Tickets--Seating is First Come First Serve--Handicapped Seating will be available--also first come first served.

     

    • BACCALAUREATE CEREMONY—OPTIONAL  

    Date/Time:  Wednesday, May 22, 2024--Seniors should check in to the PAC lobby at 5 PM

    Location: Performing Arts Center (PAC).

      • This ceremony is coordinated by the Student Advisory Council (SAC) and is OPTIONAL. The ceremony lasts for about one hour. Seniors that wish to attend should wear their cap and gown and adhere to the graduation ceremony dress code outlined below.

     

      • What is a Baccalaureate Ceremony?  The term generally refers to a non-denominational ceremony held a few days before high school or college graduation. Unlike the massive commencement exercises held in stadiums or arenas, baccalaureate ceremonies offer a quieter, more intimate opportunity to pause and reflect on this rite of passage, hear a keynote speaker, a faculty member and student speakers offer advice to the graduating class and enjoy students' musical talents. The Baccalaureate Ceremony is an optional ceremony.  This ceremony is organized and produced by the West Port School Advisory Council.

     

    • GRADUATION and BACCALAUREATE DRESS CODE
      • Dresses, skirts (at least knee-length) and blouse, or dress pants outfit, and dress shoes.
      • Dress shirt with slacks, a tie, and dress shoes or dress boots.

    No jeans, denim, shorts, flip-flops, shower shoes, or athletic shoes will be allowed. This is a formal, celebratory occasion, and we must dress accordingly.

    • Your Graduation Day commencement ceremony has been set for Tuesday, May 28, 2024 at 8 AM--This is a NO TICKET event--Seats are first come, first serve--Blocking off seats/saving seats prior to the event will not be permitted
          • Seniors must arrive in the parking lot for graduation by 5:45 AM.
          • Check-in will begin at 6 AM and the procession will begin promptly at 7:30 AM
          • Opening remarks of the ceremony will start at 8 AM
          • Graduation Practice is set for Friday, May 24, 2024 at 9 AM and is MANDATORY--Please scroll down for more details. 

     

    • You may still place any and all graduation package or cap/gown orders.  

     

    • If you are experiencing financial challenges that may prevent you from purchasing a basic cap/gown/tassel/medalion, please notify your guidance counselor or your graduation coordinator (Mr. Langenmayr) immediately...financial struggles are nothing to be ashamed of and we may be able to help!!!

     

    • Your Graduation Practice has been set for Friday, May 24, 2024 at 9 AM
        • Seniors must arrive to practice by 8:45 AM. Please scroll down for more details.

     

    • Seniors!!!  You must pay any/all debts to West Port/Marion County Public Schools prior to our graduation ceremony!
      • Click here for instructions on how to check and pay for your West Port debt (Note: Library/textbook debts are separate--please see next bullet point.
      • Any outstanding library book or text book debts are separate from other debts you may owe to West Port.  Please check with Ms. Wands in the Media Center or log in to your Destiny account to check for library or text book debt. 
      • These debts MUST be paid before you will be permitted to participate in the West Port graduation ceremony.  
        • If you are graduating with your AA from CFC, you will purchase your CFC Cap/Gown from the CFC book store (see Ms. Smith for details).  You have the option of wearing a WP tassel/medallion with your CFC cap/gown during the WP graduation ceremony.

     

     

    CLASS OF 2023 CONTACTS

    Senior Guidance Counselor-All Guidance Counselors will be handling seniors this year.  Please contact your specific counselor.

    Early College Coordinator- Mrs. Stephanie Smith

    Senior Dean-

    Activities Director- Ms. Victoria Craig

    Senior Class Sponsor- Mrs. Stephanie Smith  

    Junior/Senior Prom Coordinator:  Ms. Jamesha Gilliam

    Graduation Coordinator- Mr. Adam Langenmayr

     

    GRADUATION 

    Date:  Tuesday, May 28, 2024 

    Time:  8:00 AM

    Location: World Equestrian Center

    Senior Arrival Time: Seniors must be in the parking lot by 5:45 AM report to Expo Center #1 for check-in promptly at 6:00 AM

    Procession:  The procession from Expo Center #1 to the WEC Stadium (see map) will begin promptly at...

    Graduation Time:  Opening remarks will begin promptly at 8 AM

    Tickets: No Tickets--Seating is First Come First Serve

    Map

    MANDATORY GRADUATION PRACTICE--

    *Note:  If you have an extenuating circumstance that may prevent you from attending graduation practice, please contact Mr. Langenmayr ASAP.  If you do not attend graduation practice, you may not be permitted to participate in the Class of 2024 WPHS Graduation Ceremony.

    Date:  Friday, May 24, 2024--Family and friends are NOT permitted to attend grad practice.

    Time:  Seniors must be in the parking lot by 8:45 AM--Practice will begin at 9 AM -Sharp!!

    Location:  World Equestrian Center--Expo Center #1

    • All seniors MUST attend graduation practice that day. --Family and friends are NOT permitted to attend grad practice!
    • Seniors who do not attend graduation practice will not be permitted to participate in the graduation ceremony.  

    • Do NOT bring backpacks, purses, fanny packs, or any other bags to graduation practice.  Phones are permitted.

    Map

     

    BACCALAUREATE CEREMONY 

    Date/Time:  Wednesday, May 22, 2024.  Seniors should check in to the PAC lobby at 5:00 PM--Ceremony will begin at 6 PM

    Location: Performing Arts Center (PAC).

    • This ceremony is coordinated by the Student Advisory Council (SAC) and is OPTIONAL. The ceremony lasts for about one hour. Seniors that wish to attend should wear their cap and gown and adhere to the graduation ceremony dress code outlined below.

     

     GRADUATION DRESS CODE

    • Dresses, skirts (at least knee length) and blouse, or dress pants outfit, and dress shoes.
    • Dress shirt with slacks, a tie, and dress shoes or dress boots.

    No jeans, denim, shorts, flip flops, shower shoes, or athletic shoes will be allowed. This is a formal, celebratory occasion, and we must dress accordingly.

     

    GRADUATION PHOTO INFORMATION

    West Port uses two different photography companies...

    • SWI handles the following:  Yearbook, Optional Senior Cap/Gown Portraits, Senior Panoramic, Class of 2024.
      • If you have questions, please contact SWI directly at 800-226-0453 or e-mail them at info@swiphoto.com
      • Instructions for ordering the Class of 2022 Panoramic Picture Ordering Instructions

     

    • Grad Images handles photos during our graduation ceremony.
      • If you have any questions about photographs of the Class of 2024 Graduation ceremony, please contact Grad Images at (800) 261-2576 or online at www.gradimages.com or via email at giservice@gradimages.net.