WHS Class of 2014



June 2017

Dear Parents/Guardians                                                                                                                            


Congratulations on the graduation of your child!  The Westhill Class of 2017 will have their commencement ceremony on Tuesday, June 20th at 4:00 p.m. (rain or shine!).  The seniors are enjoying so many exciting end of year activities and we surely wish them the best in their next adventure.  Academically, the Class of 2017 has been among the strongest in my tenure as the very proud Viking principal.  The honors and scholarships bestowed upon this group have been most impressive for sure!  I look forward to their send off and want to thank you for the partnerships we have shared.  And please note some important graduation details: 


As always, please note that there is no rain date, so weather permitting, our 4:00 p.m. ceremony will be held in the Walter J. Kennedy Athletic Stadium.  In the event of heavy rain or storm conditions, our ceremony will take place in the school’s gymnasium.  For an inside graduation, each graduate is given two (2) rain tickets for gymnasium seating.  There are no exceptions to this arrangement.  Tickets will be distributed with caps and gowns at our second graduation rehearsal on June 19th.


Rain or shine, all graduates are required to report to the gymnasium by 3:00 p.m. on June 20.  The ceremony will also be available live via video in our school auditorium.  The auditorium is air-conditioned, which may suit some guests better if the temperature is very hot. Any family that requires handicap parking is asked to register with my secretary, Mrs. Alison Corbo, at (203)-977-4838.  State issued handicap permits must be displayed along with the Westhill issued handicap permit in order to park in this designated area.


Please partner with me to be sure that our graduates conduct themselves with utmost dignity during the ceremony.  I would want nothing to impact negatively on our school at what should be such a memorable event.  Please remember that graduation is a ceremony and there will be time to celebrate AFTER the event.  I expect the ceremony to be about 1-1/4 hours.


Graduation marks achievement.  It is a public announcement that those who are receiving a Westhill High School diploma have earned the recognition due a high school graduate.  The cap and gown worn by each graduate is a mark of distinction.  I am asking that each graduate adhere to the following procedures:

  1. Treat all speakers with respect.  Our speaker will be Nadira Hira, a 1999 graduate of WHS.
  2. Dress appropriately. No shorts, sneakers or sandals. Gowns are to be closed during the ceremony.
  3. Graduates are not permitted to bring any items to the ceremony, i.e., horns, bubbles, beach balls, etc.
  4. Parents are encouraged to advise their graduate about the potential dangers of partying before the ceremony.  When it is obvious that a graduate is under the influence of alcohol, that individual will not be allowed to participate in the ceremony.
  5. Graduation rehearsals are scheduled for Friday, June 16th at 10:00 a.m. and Monday, June 19th at 8:00 a.m.  Graduates are required to attend both rehearsals unless there is an exception made by the Principal.
  6. The Westhill Parent Teacher Student Organization will provide brunch in the courtyard after the Monday practice for graduating seniors.
  7. Finally, no senior will be issued a diploma until all financial obligations are taken care of – that is all books and/or uniforms/equipment and elevator keys not returned, going back to freshman year, must be paid for.  Multiple statements of outstanding item(s) due were sent home during the school year.


Please note - parking will continue to be a challenge at this major event.  Parking will be available both at St. Leo’s and Temple Beth El with a bus shuttle to the school.  Please be cautious and do not block any driveways in the neighborhood of the school.


Thank you in advance for your cooperation and I look forward to this special moment.


Yours truly,

Camille Figluizzi