Graduation Information

Dear Senior Parent:

The faculty and staff of West Mesquite High School congratulate you on the anticipated graduation of your son or daughter and cordially invite you to attend two significant events: the Baccalaureate and theCommencement.  The following information contains important details about both of these events. 

Baccalaureate: Sunday, May 20, 2018, 2 p.m.

Baccalaureate is a motivational ceremony that is not mandatory, but may be a meaningful part of the graduation experience.  Baccalaureate will be held on Sun., May 21 at 2 p.m. in the auditorium at West Mesquite High School.  Seniors should arrive at school by 1:15 p.m. to prepare for the ceremony.  

Commencement:  Saturday, May 26, 2018 1:00 p.m.

The graduation ceremony (“commencement”) will be held at the Curtis Culwell Center, Garland, TX, on Saturday, May 26, at 1:00 p.m.  Please let us know by April 21, if any member of your graduation party will need a deaf interpreter for the ceremony.

Commencement Location: Please visit for important information about their screening process, metal detectors, prohibited items (such as noisemakers), stringent purse restrictions (i.e., Clear Bag Policy), and pre-paid/VIP parking.  Parking on the day of graduation is $10 cash at the gate.

NOTE: Please take a moment to refer to the Curtis Culwell Center Graduation Clear Bag Policy and be prepared to comply fully. These measures are for the protection and safety of all parties concerned. Graduation tickets for all parties will need to be exchanged entering the facility, as opportunities to exchange tickets while already inside will be extremely limited and may not be allowed at all.

Commencement Tickets:  Each graduate will receive 15 tickets for family members and invited guests.  Tickets will be distributed on Friday, May 18, 2018, during cap and gown pick-up.  Students who need additional tickets are encouraged to ask their friends who may have extra tickets.  Tickets are not available to replace any that may be lost.  For safety purposes, no one will be admitted into Commencement without a ticket.  No one but the graduate may pick up caps, gowns, and tickets. Seniors must have all records cleared and be in dress code to pick up caps, gowns, and tickets.  Records must be cleared with money orders or cash (no checks).

Commencement Practice:  Graduates participating in Commencement will practice May 25, 2018, at 9:00 a.m. at the Curtis Culwell Center.  Important details will be covered at this time; therefore, attendance is mandatory. Graduates must attend the practice or they will not be allowed to participate in the ceremony the following day. Students must be in MISD Standard Dress for this practice.

Commencement Transportation for Graduates:  All WMHS graduates must ride the MISD-provided, air-conditioned buses to Commencement at the Curtis Culwell Center on May 26.  Students must be at the school no later than 9:30 a.m.  After Commencement, graduates will be expected to leave with family and friends.

Commencement Parking: There is no charge for graduates to park at the Curtis Culwell Center on Friday, May 25, for graduation practice.  On Saturday, May 26, 2018, there will be a charge to park.  Parking fees are subject to change at any time, so please come prepared.  Traffic is unpredictable, so please plan for ample time to arrive before the ceremony.  Doors generally open one hour before graduation begins.

Commencement Photographs: On the day of commencement, graduates will have two photographs taken: (1) a still photo with a backdrop, and (2) a candid photo as they walk the stage.  These photos may be ordered online at: (search for your school under the Graduation tab).

Commencement Hashtag: Please follow all of the Commencement excitement on social media using the hashtag #WestGrad18

Please make note of these important guidelines:

  • Seniors or early-graduate juniors who have not passed mandatory state testing prior to graduation will not receive caps, gowns & graduation tickets, or be eligible to participate in the May 2018 graduation ceremonies. [Federal laws (ARD Committee) and state laws (Individual Graduation Committee) offer limited exceptions.]

  • Students will not be allowed to participate who are not appropriately dressed.  Females will wear nice dresses or dark pant suits with dark-colored, low-heeled dress shoes.  Males will wear dark dress slacks, white dress shirts and dark ties with dark-colored dress shoes.

  • All graduates will wear caps and gowns over their dress clothing during the baccalaureate and commencement ceremonies.

  • Seniors and early-graduate juniors placed at DAEP or JJAEP during the sixth grading period will not be eligible to participate in the baccalaureate or commencement ceremonies.

Again, congratulations on your senior’s graduation.  We look forward to these exciting and memorable events.

Alesia Austin
Principal West Mesquite High School