Class of 2021
Honoring the Class of 2021
ETHS staff is working to make plans for the milestones and celebrations that take place at the end of a Wildkit’s senior year. ETHS Class of 2021 students and families should check their email regularly for information. This page will also be updated as more details become available.
In-Person Commencement Ceremonies on Friday, May 21
Evanston Township High School will host in-person commencement ceremonies for the Class of 2021 on Friday, May 21, 2021. This is an optional event, which will be live streamed on the ETHS YouTube channel.
There are six options of ceremony times. Students should check their email for the In-Person Commencement Sign-up form and sign up for a ceremony time using their school email no later than May 7. Each ceremony will be approximately 60 minutes in duration and will have a limited number of graduates. When time slots become full, those times will no longer appear on the sign-up form.
Seniors will be issued five tickets to gain access to the event. Guests will be required to comply with all safety requirements, which include physical distancing and wearing masks. Tickets will be distributed near Entrance 3 on May 19 & 20 from 4:00-7:00pm. No additional tickets will be distributed.
Graduates will be walking across Lazier Field on Friday, May 21. Comfortable clothing and flat, comfortable shoes are recommended.
The ceremony will have an expedited program to accommodate families in the safest manner possible. Students and families are expected to immediately exit Lazier Field at the conclusion of their assigned ceremony to allow the next group of participants to check in and prepare for their commencement ceremony.
Following the in-person commencement, students will receive their diploma and cap & gown photo (if they took one on the designated dates in April). Diplomas and cap & gown photos will be mailed to students who do not attend the in-person commencement. Please note: all school fines and fees must be paid in full for a student to receive their diploma. Please check myETHS for account balance information.
Virtual Graduation on Sunday, May 23
Evanston Township High School will virtually celebrate the graduating Class of 2021 on Sunday, May 23, 2021 at 10:00am. The Virtual Commencement will be live streamed on the ETHS YouTube channel and include additional music selections, speeches, and recognition of academic accomplishments.
Cap & Gown
Each cap and gown unit (with tassel) is purchased from Jostens. Cap and gown orders were due on February 17. Cap and gown distribution will be held on Monday, March 22, 12:00-4:00pm, at the Fieldhouse (drive-up or walk-up). Students are scheduled for photos in their caps and gowns on Monday, April 5, 9:00am-3:00pm, as listed in the Cap and Gown Photos & Medal Distribution.
Senior Survey in Naviance
On April 29 or 30, during the students’ English class, they will be asked to log in to Naviance to complete the senior graduation survey, update their email address, and request their final transcript. For assistance with Naviance, email Ms. Arey firstname.lastname@example.org in the College and Career Center or call 847-424-7160.
FAFSA Completion- Graduation Requirement
A parent/guardian must update the student’s FAFSA Completion Status in myETHS by April 30. This is a graduation requirement. For more information and instructions, see FAFSA Completion Status on the ETHS website.
Prom / Senior Send-off
ETHS will not be hosting a traditional prom for 2021. ETHS is excited to host a special Senior Send-off on May 15 from 7:00pm - 10:00pm. (Rain dates is Sunday, May 16.) It is open to all ETHS Class of 2021 students only. Outside guests will not be permitted to attend this event.
Senior Send-off is a FREE, casual, celebratory event that includes musical entertainment, food trucks, Class Royalty, and more! A complimentary meal of choice will be provided via food trucks. Upon entry, each student will receive a $10.00 meal voucher, redeemable at the food trucks. Students may bring additional money to purchase extra food once their $10.00 meal ticket has been redeemed.
Students wishing to attend the Senior Send-Off must arrive no later than 8:30pm. Students in attendance may not leave the Senior Send-Off before 8:30pm. No re-entry is allowed.
Students must complete their COVID-19 pre-screening, through their myETHS, on Saturday, 5/15, BEFORE arriving on campus. While in attendance, all attendees must practice COVID-19 safety protocols; face coverings must be worn unless eating or drinking, and social distancing is expected while on school property. PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) stations will be located throughout the stadium for student and staff use. Restrooms will be available for single-use occupancy.
Yearbook distribution and pick-up is scheduled for July 2021. More information will be provided as details become available.
Collecting and Returning Items
Grade 12 students who are no longer using their books or class materials will return their school items by Thursday, May 13, 2021. Please review the steps detailed on the Collecting and Returning Items web page.
Commencement Materials and Ticket Distribution
Ticket distribution will take place on May 19 and 20. Students will pick up materials on Wildkit Drive (rear of the building), near Entrance 3, from 4:00pm-7:00pm. Students must bring a valid ID to receive their tickets and commencement materials.
2021 Road to Graduation Document
ETHS Class of 2021 students should review this document presented at the March 22 Senior Assembly.