Senior year is a major milestone for our Patriot families and, for many, an opportunity to make one more year’s worth of lasting memories with their friends and teachers at Stevenson. Find out more about your senior yearbook photos and portrait options, cap and gown order details, graduation, and other events/celebrations in the tabs below.
Stevenson High School Class of 2022 Senior Portrait & Yearbook Information
Visual Image Photography (VIP) is the official photographer of Stevenson High School and is honored to be a part of your senior experience! In order to appear in the yearbook, all seniors must have their photo taken by VIP. Photographs submitted from other studios will NOT be accepted into the yearbook.
Yearbook Photo Selection Deadline
Your yearbook photo selection must be submitted to VIP by October 31, 2021 in order to appear in your school’s yearbook. If you do not select an image, one will be selected for you by VIP. This date is set by your school and cannot be extended. If you do not have a yearbook image taken by VIP, you will not appear in the yearbook.
Stevenson High School Studio Sessions
SENIOR PORTRAITS BY APPOINTMENT ONLY: Please make an appointment online at https://www.vipis.com.
Premier: $35 session fee. Add Cap and gown to your session for $10.
This session is taken indoors only and is for one outfit. The premier session includes the yearbook photos and up to three different backgrounds with different poses (from full length to close ups). You will receive 30-40 proofs to view and order from online within one week of your appointment. Your session fee is to pay for your photographer’s time and does not include any prints or packages.
Premier Plus: $70 session fee. Add Cap and gown to your session for $10.
This session is taken indoors and/or outdoors (weather permitting). This session is for one to two outfit(s). The premier plus session also includes the yearbook photos and up to four different backgrounds with different poses (from full length to close ups). You will receive 50-60 proofs to view and order from online within one week of your appointment. Your session fee is to pay for your photographer’s time and does not include any prints or packages.
Paramount: $100 session fee. Add Cap and gown to your session for $10.
This session is taken outdoors at VIP specified locations only. This session is for one to two outfit(s). The Paramount session DOES NOT INCLUDE THE YEARBOOK PHOTOS (You will need to be sure you take your yearbook image on your school picture day). You will receive 80-100 proofs to view and order from online within one week of your appointment. Your session fee is to pay for your photographer’s time and does not include any prints or packages.
Stevenson High School Yearbook Only Dates
If you do not plan on doing a premier session for senior portraits, please make sure to dress for your senior yearbook photo during your school picture day, this will be your used for your senior yearbook photo if you do not do a premier session at our Wheeling Studio. You will not need an appointment for a yearbook photo at your school picture date(s) listed below. During the yearbook only session, seniors will have six to eight proofs to choose from for your yearbook selection. You will receive an email within two weeks of your picture day to view your proofs and to place an order.
- Yearbook Only Photo Date: August 5
- Time: 8:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
- Location in School: Testing Center: #1200-#1202
Stevenson High School Yearbook Retake Day Information
- Yearbook Only Retake Day: October 21 & 22
- Time: 10:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
- Location in School: Recital Hall (Rm #4100)
Jostens 2021-22 Schedule for Stevenson
Seniors may order their graduation memorabilia as well as cap and gowns for the 2022 Commencement Ceremony online or in person on the following dates.
- In-person on Friday, Oct. 15, only in the Upper West Patriot Lobby
- Online through Saturday, Nov. 6
All orders must be submitted online through the Jostens website by Saturday, Nov. 6. Please click the links below to view the Jostens Stevenson page for:
- Senior announcements and other memorabilia
- Senior cap and gown packages
- Yearbook orders (online purchases available beginning Nov. 1)
- Class jewelry
To learn more about the ordering process, click here.
We understand that many of our senior families have been anxious to hear more about what kind of senior celebration events we have planned for this spring. We are putting enormous effort into thinking creatively to ensure these events are special and memorable for our seniors and families, and are now excited to share a timeline of Senior Fest, a time of traditions for the Class of 2021.
NOTE: Please check back often, as these events are still being finalized.
Friday, April 30, 7:00-8:00 a.m.
Senior Class Board’s Senior Sunrise is being planned to promote class unity and share your future endeavors with your class. Join us in the SHS Stadium and enjoy the photo station, sign a banner of Senior photos and leave with a Jazzman’s cookie or bagel. Please note that Jostens will be there for cap and gown pickup during this event. Even if you are not attending the Senior Sunrise event, we ask that you pick up your cap and gown tomorrow morning between 7-8 a.m. Brian Walter, our Jostens rep will be located just outside of the stadium entrance to make pickup as convenient as possible. If you have not ordered your cap and gown yet, please call Jostens at 847-818-8419. Whether it is the college you're committed to, entering the workforce, military, or a gap year that you plan to take, we hope that you will be able to attend!
Saturday, May 15
Prom(ish) is a formal dinner event open only to SHS seniors (no outside guests). Students will have the opportunity to walk the red carpet, dine at a plated sit-down dinner at tables of four, and have fun photo experiences, including the traditional photo from VIP. There will be several rotations throughout the evening, each lasting 1 hour and 45 minutes. Tickets cost $40/person and will be available through May 7 at the Stevenson Store.
This year's Prom(ish) theme is Secret Garden: Lock in Memories.
Get more details on the theme, dinner times and more from the Senior Prom Booklet.
Friday, May 21, after school
Spring Fling is an end-of-school-year celebration where students gather to socialize and play recreational games like kickball, softball, volleyball, and new this year, cricket. Students are encouraged to build teams among friends and wear team jerseys when participating. Team registration will begin on April 1, with Captain's Forms being collected April 15-23.
We will be forming brackets for teams to compete against one another in a recreational and fun environment. Anyone can form a team, but there will be a maximum of 12 people per team. Students who are interested should visit the @stucostevenson Instagram bio for the captain's form or scan the QR code provided in the flyer (linked below).
Aside from the recreational games, additional social events are available to participate in during Spring Fling. No registration is required to participate in the additional social events. Additionally, there is no cost to participate in the games, but food may be available for purchase. Download the Spring Fling Flyer
Spring Fling Assembly
Before Spring Fling kicks off, please join the Student Council planned virtual Spring Fling Assembly, featuring acts such as performances from Polyphonics, MP vs. StuCo Spikeball Competition, Mr. SHS Beach Performance, and so much more! Athletics events will start immediately after the assembly is finished. Students can tune into the assembly via Zoom.
Thursday, May 27, tentatively 6:00-9:00 p.m.
Join us for the last Senior Fest event (except for Graduation, of course): Senior Sunset – brought to you by the Senior Class Board, Student Council, PPA and Student Activities Office!
The event will take place Thursday, May 27 from 6-9 p.m. and will include food trucks, tailgate games, entertainment from DJ Club, raffle prizes, fireworks and a yearbook signing station. Come out and share the memories as we watch the sunset together, closing out four years, just one last time.
Seniors can park in Lot B and walk to the Stadium. Masks, IDs, and completed health screeners are required. Seniors can purchase tickets in advance or at the door for $10 (cash only). See you there!
Friday, May 28, 1:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.
Great news! Graduation will be coming back “home” to NOW Arena (formerly Sears Centre) on Friday, May 28! We understand what a milestone moment this is for our families, so we’re thrilled to provide a commencement experience that is as close to normal as possible. Graduation is scheduled to be a series of two commencement ceremonies, and graduates may now bring six guests. Students will be assigned to a ceremony time based on their counselor. See more details in the 2021 Commencement tab.
We are so excited to share that graduation will be coming back “home” to NOW Arena (formerly Sears Centre) on Friday, May 28! We understand what a milestone moment this is for our families, so we’re thrilled to provide a commencement experience that is as close to normal as possible.
Here are the details – Graduation is now scheduled to be a series of two commencement ceremonies at 1 p.m. and 5 p.m., and graduates may bring six guests. Students will be assigned to a ceremony time based on their counselor:
Additionally, both ceremonies will be live-streamed via the Stevenson D125 YouTube channel.
Rehearsal: Though we have held rehearsals in previous years, we will not be holding a rehearsal this year.
Other key details that our families should know:
Tickets: Each graduate will receive six tickets, which seniors MUST PICK UP IN PERSON in the Forum on Monday, May 24, and Tuesday, May 25 from 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Each ticket will have an assigned section number so that guests will have the ability to sit with their group while being socially distanced from others. Guests will not be allowed to enter without a ticket. Tickets should not be shared with other families as this will not allow for social distancing between households. Do not lose your tickets as they cannot be reprinted. Please ignore all information on the ticket except ceremony time and assigned section. Rows and seats are not relevant for your graduation ceremony.
Seating assignments: Students received an email from Dr. Ted Goergen with their unique seat and section assignments, which are organized by counselor. Please refer to that email sent on May 19. Families will be directed to the section assignment listed on their tickets.
- Directions: The NOW Arena is located in the Prairie Stone Business Park, 5333 Prairie Stone Parkway, Hoffman Estates, IL 60192, immediately north of the Northwest Tollway and west of Illinois Route 59.
- From the East: Take I-90 West (Northwest Tollway) to the New Sutton Road (Route 59) exit and go straight. The building will be on your right.
- From the West: Take I-90 (Northwest Tollway) to the New Sutton Road (Route 59) exit. Turn left onto New Sutton Road and go north to the next traffic light. At the light, make a left turn into Hoffman Boulevard. The building will be on your right.
Parking and arrivals: Families may arrive one hour prior to the ceremony time. NOW Arena is allowing families to arrive in two cars maximum. Graduates may enter through Door 11 immediately upon arrival. At this entrance, graduates will walk through metal detectors. Please have your gown unzipped to expedite the screening process along. Guests can enter the arena through the main entrance.
- Accessibility for guests with disabilities: Accessible seating will be available; however wheelchair escorts and wheelchairs will not be available for guests.
Photos and diplomas: Photos will be taken by VIP and posted for purchase on their website approximately two weeks after the ceremony. Diplomas will be mailed home after graduation. Any fines must be paid prior to the diploma being mailed.
Safety: Masking and social distancing (except among family members) will be strictly enforced. NOW Arena has also implemented a “clear bag policy,” which limits the size of bags entering the arena and requires the majority of bags to be clear to streamline the security screening process and avoid unnecessary wait times to enter the venue. Exceptions will be made for medical, family, or child care bags or small clutches no larger than 4.5”x6.5”. No outside food or beverages are allowed with the exception of water and snacks for young children and babies.
See the email from Student Activities Director Dr. Ted Goergen for more information. If you would like to request that you and your family attend the alternate graduation ceremony due to extenuating circumstances, please contact Dr. Ted Goergen.