CLASS OF 2017 GRADUATION
Date: June 3, 2017 Time: 2:00 P.M.
Where: Nelson Stadium, Carroll College
Helena High School is dedicated to ensuring that these graduates are College and Career ready! We proudly send these students into the next chapter of their lives.
Graduates…please know that we continue to stand behind you as you move forward and we thank you for the many years that you were with us here at Helena High, representing what we stand for. Best of luck to you and GO BENGALS!!
Watch Live on June 3, 2017!
Click here to view the Helena High School Live Stream commencement exercises.
2017 Commencement Speaker
The Class of 2017 is proud to announce that Thomas Nybo will be the featured graduation speaker! He is a Helena High alumni and a photographer. As a photographer and filmmaker, Thomas Nybo has worked in more than 80 countries for UNICEF, The New York Times, CNN, PBS FRONTLINE/World and other clients.
These are the Class of 2017 Valedictorians
These are the Class of 2017 Salutatorians
Tickets for Admission
If the weather permits, graduation will be held outside at Nelson Stadium and no tickets will be necessary. If we encounter inclement weather, graduation will be held indoors at the Helena High School gym. Each senior will be issued a certain number of tickets the week before graduation day. Tickets will be handed out in Government classes in May. Tickets CANNOT be replaced if lost or stolen due to limited seating. Seating in the gymnasium is determined by the Fire Marshall and there are no extra tickets. (Remember, tickets will be used ONLY in case of inclement weather.)
We do ask that if a student does not need all of the tickets assigned to them that they return those tickets to the office. We understand that many families would like more tickets than what their son/daughter are issued, although we cannot guarantee that we can provide any extras to those families. Our “extra tickets” are based on the number of tickets other students return. If you would like to get on the list for extra tickets, please call Betsy Allen at 406-324-2207. Again, please understand that you are not guaranteed any extra tickets even if you get on the list. If there are extras to be given out, you will be contacted a few days before Graduation and will be asked to sign for them in the Main Office.
Semester test schedule for Seniors Only!
May 31st, 2017 – Periods 4, 5, 6, and 7
*Please note that students still attend classes during 0-3 on this day.
June 1st, 2017 – Periods 0, 1, 2 and 3
*Graduation rehearsal will begin on Thursday, June 1, 2017 at 11:30 a.m. at the Helena High School gymnasium. Students need to be seated by 11:20 a.m. Practice is mandatory for students to participate in the ceremony. Practice is approximately 2 hours. The ceremony will be approximately the same length.
Use of alcohol/drugs before or during graduation or rehearsal will not be tolerated. Anyone suspected of use will be removed from the lineup, both at rehearsal and at graduation. Check with your Counselor for any cap and gown issues.
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“What lies behind us and what lies ahead of us
are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.”
– Ralph Waldo Emerson
Be respectful of the graduation ceremony. Be a Class Act!
Mortar boards may be tastefully decorated. Please select appropriate attire to be worn underneath your gowns.
Use of alcohol/drugs before or during graduation or rehearsal will not be tolerated. Anyone suspected of use will be removed from the lineup, both at rehearsal and at graduation.
The Senior Picnic will immediately follow graduation practice on Thursday, June 1, 2017. The picnic will be on the Helena High School Practice Field. The menu will be Jimmy Johns and Suds Hut Chicken.
Students who participate in the graduation ceremony are expected to abide by the following guidelines:
- Please find your chair and sit down in the row you are assigned until Principal Thennis has finished with announcements.
- You will be asked to line up according to the walk-in list. Look for the person directing your row number and follow them. That person will instruct you how to line up.
- Certain circumstances may arise causing some of you to walk in alone. If you are alone, do not walk in with the people ahead of or behind you.
- If the weather is bad on the day of graduation, you will line up under the bleachers at Nelson Stadium. If the weather is good you will line up in the PE Center.
Be prepared to take care of any school fines before graduation practice. ALL FINES must be paid by Friday, June 2ND – NOON in order to receive your diploma. Senior fines have been posted on the main office windows beginning after spring break and will be updated on a weekly basis. Please check Power School or contact the book keeper for your fine status. Final Fine Lists are posted by the end of Graduation Practice and seniors are encouraged to check the list or Power School to be sure they did not acquire any fines that morning – as several textbooks are turned in that morning that might have added a damage fine, etc.
Commencement exercises begin at 2:00 PM therefore, SENIORS MUST REPORT BY 1:30 PM. DO NOT WEAR YOUR GOWNS, but please bring them.
Diplomas will be handed out after you come off the stage and before you sit down. Your report card will be mailed to you. If you do not receive your diploma, please stop by the HHS Main Office this summer. Please stay in your line as you march in during graduation. Two representatives of the junior class will lead the seniors in at the beginning of the ceremony.
If you have any questions, contact the school at 406-324-2200.
Graduation Day Ceremony Pictures!
Students will be photographed professionally during the graduation ceremony. For more information on ordering these prints please click here.
Care of the Cap and Gown
The wearing of caps and gowns has been handed down to us as a symbol of learning. As soon as possible upon receiving your gowns, place the gown on a hanger to allow the folds to fall out. If a light pressing is needed, ALWAYS USE A PRESSING CLOTH BETWEEN THE IRON (which should be set at low) AND THE GOWN. Excessive heat will ruin the gown.
The cap must be placed on your head so that the mortarboard is level with the long point of the crown at the back. The front point should be well down on the forehead. It is incorrect for girls to wear their cap back so far that it needs to have bobby pins to hold it on.
During the commencement exercises boys will remove their caps for the National Anthem. Girls will not remove their caps at any time.
Senior All Night Party
Who: All 2017 Helena Schools Graduates
When: Saturday, June 3, 2017
Where: Helena Civic Center
We need parents\teens to:
1) buy a ticket
2) bring a baby and senior photo to the office
3) volunteer the night of the party. See additional information below.
- Doors open for admission 1.5 hours the night of the party from 7 – 8:30 pm only – anyone leaving during the night will not be re-admitted;
- Ends 4:00 a.m. on June 5th
- Cell phones will be permitted;
- Tobacco use will not be allowed during the event;
- Anyone using alcohol or drugs; or acting in a violent or threatening manner will be detained by law enforcement until a parent/guardian escorts him/her home;
- Backpacks, purses, or other bags will not be allowed into the facility;
- Any graduate needing special accommodations to attend the event is encouraged to contact a SANP Chair; Senior All Night Party for contact info
- Seniors and Volunteers must show Photo ID
Planning Meeting Dates – all meetings begin at 5:30 p.m.
5:30-7:00 CHS CAFETERIA
5:30-7:00 HHS CAFETERIA
Students – be a part of the fun and get your spot reserved now!
Tickets – can be purchased online at Senior All Night Party.
Tickets – will be sold on line and at HHS on during lunch. Tickets are $50.
Tuesday April 11 11:45-12:45 HHS
Wednesday April 12 11:45-12:45 HHS
Thursday April 13 11:45-12:45 HHS
Tuesday May 9 11:45-12:45 HHS
Wednesday May 10 11:45-12:45 HHS
Thursday May 11 11:45-12:45 HHS
Parents – your help is needed to make this a party a night to remember and help your student get a ticket.
Pictures – Help your teen submit a baby and senior photo. Please put the photos in an envelope with the student’s name and graduating school – then drop them off at your school’s main office. The photos will be picked up each Friday until late May! Photos may not be returned if your senior does not attend the SANP!
Volunteers – We are in need of volunteers to work a shift the night of the party. We’re using VolunteerSpot (the leading online Sign-up and reminder tool) to organize our upcoming Sign-ups. Here’s how it works in 4 easy steps:
1) To volunteer the night of the party, click on the link Senior All Night Party then click on the “Volunteer Night of the Party” tab,
2) Under this tab, you will be able to volunteer for specific tasks the night of the party using VolunteerSpot.
3) Review your choices, pick the task(s) you want, and then click on the task(s),
4) Sign up! It’s Easy – you will NOT need to register an account or keep a password on VolunteerSpot.
Note: VolunteerSpot does not share your email address with anyone. If you prefer not to use your email address, please contact ?? at to sign up manually.
We would like it known that this is for all parents from all Helena schools, HHS, CHS, Helena Christian, St. Andrews, PAL, and home-schooled.
For more information please click here Senior All Night Party
For information on Senior Pictures click here.
Buy your yearbook online at: www.Balfour.com
Congratulations on your Graduation!!