Commencement 2019

Wednesday, June 5, 2019
6:00 p.m.
Bert L. and Iris S. Wolstein Center
at Cleveland State University



Planning Ahead

Passport to Commencement
Passport to Commencement, Shaker Heights High School's annual graduation fair, will be held on Friday, May 31, 2019 from 1:30 p.m. - 4 p.m. During the fair, each graduate will receive their guest tickets and cap/gown, have a formal graduation picture taken, and participate in other fun activities to prepare for the graduation ceremony. For students who are not able to attend, a second modified Passport to Commencement will be held Tuesday, June 4, 2019 from 2 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Shaker Heights High School anticipates providing each graduate with 10 guest tickets for Commencement 2019. According to the venue’s policy, all guests (regardless of age) will require a ticket (including children and babies). Lost tickets cannot be replaced. Therefore, please keep your tickets in a safe place. Due to a larger venue for this year, additional tickets may be requested. Additional ticket requests must be submitted by Friday, March 29, 2019. To request additional tickets, please go to and submit your request. The granting of additional tickets will be based on number of requests and overall seating availability.  

Special-Needs Seating 
Special-needs seating will be available for those who have disabilities or are unable to climb steps. Access to these seats will be first come, first served.

Cap, Gown and Tassel
The Jostens cap, gown and tassel fee of $28.50 is the only required cost to each graduate’s family. The order forms for these items were distributed to students during Advisory and are available online at, in the main office and 110 office. Announcements will be made when the Jostens representative will be on-site to answer questions and collect payments. You can also order your graduation announcements, senior apparel and senior class rings online at You may also call 1-800-567-8367 with any questions or to order by phone. The caps, gowns, and tassels will be distributed to students in May at Passport to Commencement.

Other accessories, such as honor cords and stoles, are not permitted to be worn at Commencement.

Additional information will be sent in May with final instructions, reminders and parking information. Questions? Please contact Assistant Principal, Sara Chengelis (216-295-4330).

Day of Commencement

Commencement will take place on Wednesday, June 5 at 6 p.m. at the Wolstein Center, 2000 Prospect Avenue.  On the day of Commencement, the venue doors will open at 5 p.m.  

All graduates must report to the High School Large Auditorium promptly at 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 5. To ensure a timely start of the ceremony, all graduates will be transported one-way by bus to the Wolstein Center. Graduates should arrange for transportation home at the conclusion of the event. 

Guest Arrival & Seating
The Wolstein Center staff will not admit anyone into the venue without a ticket. Therefore, it will be important to keep your tickets in a safe place. Seating will be open to families on a first-come, first-served basis. We ask that you arrive by 5:45 p.m. and work cooperatively with the venue staff so that we can seat everyone comfortably prior to the ceremony. Please be aware that the Wolstein Center does not permit noisemakers or balloons inside the venue.  

There are several large lots on nearby streets surrounding the Wolstein Center. Please click here for the Wolstein Center's information on parking.
Commencement Speaker 
This year, Shaker Heights Schools and the Shaker Schools Foundation welcomes 1981 Shaker Heights High School alum, Shaker Schools Hall of Fame member and New York Times columnist David Pogue as the commencement guest speaker for the Class of 2019. A longtime journalist and columnist, David Pogue was The New York Times weekly tech columnist from 2000-2013. He spent five years at Yahoo Finance and then in 2018, he returned to write the “Crowdwise” feature for the “Smarter Living” section. He’s a four-time Emmy winner for his stories on “CBS Sunday Morning,” and a host of 17 science specials on “NOVA” on PBS. Learn more about Mr. Pogue.

After Commencement

Diploma and Senior Packet Pick-Up
Beginning at 1 p.m., Thursday, June 6, 2019, each graduate, or a family member, may pick up the graduation packet, which includes the actual diploma, in the High School main office. All student fees and fines must be paid before receiving the packet. Invoices will be sent home enclosed to help families plan accordingly.

Optional Items for Purchase

Lifetouch, our official Commencement photographer, will have portraits available online at approximately ten days after the ceremony. Celebrate your achievement with these professional portraits.   
Other commemorative items such as announcements, thank-you notes, memory albums, name cards, etc., may be ordered through the Jostens packet that was distributed to seniors. Extra packets are available in the main office, or in Room 110.


Sara Chengelis
Assistant Principal

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