Class of 2023

  • 2023 Information

    Seniors are encouraged to make appointments with School Counselors to review status for graduation.  Counselors do a review of every senior twice a year: once during the 1st semester and once in late February after second semester.  Senior status letters are mailed home to the address on file for all seniors not on track. A second senior status letter is mailed home to all seniors not on track prior to the end of 2nd semester.

    Graduation Information:

    Seniors should remember to turn in final transcript requests to Mrs. Haywood, our school registrar, by Friday, May 19th 2023. Her office is located in the guidance department.

    Cap and Gown Pick-up is tentatively scheduled for Thursday, 5/25. More information to come.  All debts must be paid in full before students can pick up their caps and gowns.  Only the student or relative can pick up the cap and gown.  Caps, tassels, and medallions can be purchased at this time as well. 
    Graduation Practice will be Friday, 5/26 at 2:00pm at the UF O'Connell Center. Practice is mandatory for students participating in the graduation ceremony.
    Graduation is scheduled for Saturday, May 27th at 2:00pm.  Seniors need to report to the O'Connell Center by 1:00pm.  Guests can enter at 1pm.  No banners, balloons, or noisemakers are allowed in the building and will be enforced by University of Florida staff. Bags will be searched upon entry as required by their policy.
    Diplomas can be picked up by the student or relative starting on Thursday, June 1st.  On Thursday, June 1st students may pick up their diplomas from the school guidance department between the hours of 8 am - 12 pm.  Beginning, Monday, June 5th they can be picked up from 8 am - 3 pm. *During the summer, schools are closed on Fridays. 

    *Diplomas use the legal name on the birth certificate.  If you have had a legal name change, you MUST submit the proper paperwork from the courts before January of each year. Students are expected to verify the accuracy of their names on the list prior to graduation. Once students have signed the form to verify accurate spelling, any errors that lead to requests for ordering a corrected diploma will be at the cost of the child/family.

    Senior Pictures

    Stan Wilkinson, Inc. (SWI) is our photographer for our Senior Portraits.  Seniors should receive a reservation date and time in the mail.  If you do not receive one before school begins, you can contact them at 352-378-8411 or at  They are located at 3710 NW 51st Street, Suite B in Gainesville, Fl.

    Make-up senior portraits will be on Tuesday, November 8th for any senior that was unable to do them in the summer. This is the final opportunity for senior portraits to be in the yearbook.

    Senior cap and gown pictures are scheduled for Friday, December 9th. They will be taken during the school day in Hollinger Hall.

    Graduation Senior Pictures

    GradImages is the official photographer for our commencement. Proofs will be sent to your home and via email within three to five days after graduation. Pictures can be ordered online, by phone or by mail. Graduation Images can be contacted at 800-261-2576 or via email at

    Grad Bash

    Date: April 22nd

    Time: Leave school at 4 pm and return the next morning at 4 am

    Location: Universal Studios

    *All student debts must be paid prior to students purchasing tickets. The school reserves the right to deny permission for the trip based on disciplinary history.

    Tickets cost $170. Students may purchase tickets during lunch on 1st and 3rd Thursdays of each month until all tickets are sold.  Only students classified as seniors at Eastside may purchase a Grad Bash ticket. We have 100 tickets available, 50 students per bus. Once tickets are purchased by the school, there are no refunds for the tickets.

    Prom Information

    Date: Saturday, May 6th
    Time: 7:00pm - 11:00 pm
    Location: Hilton UF Conference Center, 1714 SW 34th St, Gainesville, FL 32607

    Tickets go on sale in March.  Only classified Juniors and Seniors may purchase prom tickets.  Ticket prices start at $50.00 per ticket and rise $5.00 each week until Prom or sold out, whichever comes first.  Students can bring dates from other schools but they must be under the age of 21 and pre-approved by the school. Students may request a prom guest form from Mr. Coleman.  All parties MUST bring a picture ID for entrance into Prom.

    Graduation Speech Tryouts

    Date: Thursday, April 27th

    Time: 3:00pm

    Location: Hollinger Hall

    Students interested in trying out for Graduation Speeches must sign up by Friday, April 14th at 3pm.  The school reserves the right to deny participation based on school records. Once participation is verified, students will have until Monday, April 24th to submit a copy of their speech to Ms. Currens.  All candidates will receive a rubric indicating speech requirements. Speeches should be all-encompassing of the senior class and Eastside High School.  We encourage you to have an adult listen to your speech prior to try-outs and provide feedback. Speeches do not have to be memorized at the time of tryouts but candidates should be ready to present them to a panel of judges.


    Visit the Scholarship Page for more information. *Seniors should be researching scholarship opportunities continuously throughout the school year, starting as early as possible. Scholarship applications shared with the school are emailed to seniors via their school board email, thus it should be checked regularly.

    Financial Aid Help

    Seniors are given the opportunity to fill out their Bright Futures, State of Florida Financial Aid, and to sign up for the FAFSA Pin via their Social Studies (Major Program)/Foreign Language (IB) classes.

    Our school guidance department hosts two Financial Aid Help Sessions in the evenings for seniors and their parents. At that time, we help families complete their FAFSA Form. School counselors and volunteers from college financial aid offices are present to offer support.  It is IMPORTANT to have filed your taxes prior to filling out your FAFSA information. We encourage you to file as early as possible. 

    FAFSA--Federal aid that MUST be filed prior to any aid being awarded

    The window to apply opens on October 1st of each year.  You should have your previous year's taxes filed as early as possible in order to file your FAFSA.  FAFSA is required for all federal aid including Bright Futures. Please go to Federal Student Aid for the FAFSA application.

    Bright Futures Application

    Senior Exams for the Spring

    Exams are given during the normal class period and cannot be altered.  If seniors stay after exams, they MUST attend their normal class schedule. Senior exams will be from Tuesday, May 16 - Thursday, May 18.

    Final Transcript Requests

    Seniors must request a "final transcript" be sent to the school where they plan to enroll after high school. Transcripts are not automatically sent without a request. Transcript request forms must be submitted to Mrs. Haywood, our school registrar.

    Senior Survey - "Plan for Your Future"

    All Seniors are asked to complete the survey below between TBD. Seniors, please let us know what you plan to do after graduation. It provides good data and allows us to better prepare for the next group of EHS Graduates.

    Post-Secondary Plans


Last Modified on April 26, 2023