Helena High School Graduation


Saturday, June 3, 2023 11:00 A.M.
Carroll College PE Center
*Tickets are required for an indoor event only. As long as graduation is outside at Nelson Stadium, no tickets are necessary! Number of tickets per graduate is based on fire code standards.
(Times/Dates may be adjusted in accordance with inclement weather)


Commencement Information
Students must report to Carroll College Hunthausen Center (next to PE Center) by 10:00 a.m.

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!!

General Questions about Graduation? Please contact the Counseling Center at 324-2220.

Watch Live on June 3, 2023!

Click here to view the 2022 Helena High School Live Stream commencement exercises.

2023 Commencement Speaker



Kevin Michael Connolly

Honors Class of 2023

2023 Valedictorians  

Ryan Burke
Makenna Campbell
Allison Christensen
Lexi Erdahl
William Johnson
Paisley Karlin
Kendall Klemp
Tess Lawlor
Elisabeth Lloyd
Kalley May
Sandra Scheuele
Joseph Seliskar
Mackenna Spaulding
Mikayla Stafford
Robert Stimpson
Jeri Wilkerson

Honors Class of 2023

2023 Salutatorians

Finn Anderson
Aiko Goldsmith
Morgan Hayes
Lauren Heuiser
Lucita Odegard
Rylee Poepping
Hailey Scott
Foster Smith


Yearbook Senior Pictures

For information on Senior Yearbook Pictures click here.

(Buy your yearbook online at: https://www.yearbookordercenter.com/  School Order Number: 7088)



2023 Yearbooks are only available for purchase (cash/check) in the Main Office.  Quantities are low – so hurry in.


Tickets for Admission to Carroll College Nelson Stadium

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 Carroll College PE Center.  At noon on Friday, June 2nd – the decision for which location will be announced, and parents will be notified.

Graduates will receive honor cords and 9 tickets for the graduation ceremony in government class.  Tickets do not cost money.  Those seniors without a government class will need to pick these up in the Counseling office beginning May 31st through June 2nd.  If you have not received the ticket packet, please check with your student.

We are not offering any extra tickets. Number of tickets per graduate is based on fire code standards.  Tickets CANNOT be replaced if lost or stolen due to limited seating.


Graduation Practice

Semester test schedule for Seniors Only!

Senior Tests – 2nd Semester

Monday         May 29, No School- Memorial Day
Tuesday         May 30, Regular day – Counselors in Government Classes for Graduation Preparation
Wednesday   May 31, Periods 0, 1, 2, and 3- regularly scheduled classes. Periods 4, 5, 6 & 7- finals in these classes
Thursday       June 1, Periods 0, 1, 2 & 3- finals in these classes
Friday             No School for Seniors

Graduation practice will be Thursday, June 1 @11:15 at Carroll College PE Center.  Students must participate in graduation practice in order to be in the commencement ceremony  on Saturday.  All seniors will be dismissed at the end of third period.

Principal Thennis will sing – bring your earplugs and plan accordingly. For planning purposes, the song will be “Happy Trails” – Van Halen version.

Chrome books will be checked in to the Main Office the week of June 5th.

Use of alcohol/drugs before or during graduation or rehearsal will not be tolerated. Anyone suspected of use, will be removed from the lineup  at graduation. Check with your Counselor for any cap and gown issues or contact Travis Belcher, Jostens representative.

Class Song

“Good Ole Days” by Macklemore


Class Motto

“Young, Wild, and 23” – anonymous

Senior Picnic

The senior picnic marks the end of a high school era. Stop in and pick up your sandwich, chips, and drink.  The picnic is one of the last events aside from prom where seniors get to congregate in a non-school environment for a final goodbye. The bittersweet event gives students the opportunity to have fun with friends before they head off to future adventures.

The Senior Picnic will immediately follow graduation practice on Thursday, June 1, 2023.  The picnic will be at Nelson Stadium underneath the grandstand.  You may enter on the East side of the field.

Graduation Day

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 line up alone. If you are alone, you will be paired with either the people ahead of or behind you.  Please stay in your line as you march in during graduation.

Be prepared to take care of any school fines before graduation practice.  ALL FINES must be paid on Friday, June 2nd by NOON in order to receive your diploma. Senior fines have been posted on the main office windows and will be updated on a weekly basis. Please check Power School or contact the bookkeeper for your fine status.  Final Fine Lists are posted by the end of Graduation Practice and seniors are encouraged to check the list or access Power School to be sure they did not acquire any other fines that morning – as several textbooks are turned in that morning that might have added a damage fine, etc.

Commencement exercises begin at 11:00 AM therefore, SENIORS MUST REPORT BY 10:00 AM.

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.  Please do not wear the cap so far back that it needs to have bobby pins to hold it on.

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.

Parade of Graduates

Seniors – this is your opportunity to return to your previous middle school to celebrate your graduation with former teachers and to inspire younger students to graduate.  You will need to wear your cap and gown for this event.  Transportation will be provided.  The Parade of Graduates event is on Wednesday, May 17th,  Seniors are invited to return to the following schools for the grad walk: Montana City, Bryant, Smith, Jefferson, Warren and Central. Bring your cap and gown and load the bus after 2nd period. Questions? Stop by the counseling center.


Graduation Day Ceremony Pictures!

Students will be photographed professionally during the graduation ceremony by Lifetouch.

Parents can go to www.events.lifetouch.com to order your graduates picture after the ceremony.  You can sign up for notifications when the commencement pictures become ready.

Commencement Flyer 2023

Questions – please contact Lifetouch help center for commencements and PhotoDay.  Click here!

Senior All Night Party

The 2023 Senior All Night Party is on June 3, the night of graduation, from 7:00pm until 3.00am. Ticket sales are live now! Early bird sales are happening now!  Until April 15, you can pick up your senior’s ticket for $55 at link listed below. After April 15, pricing will go up to $65 and then again increase to $75 for the last few weeks until the party. Your seniors won’t want to miss this year’s party as it will be bigger and better than ever before!  We have tons of food, prizes, and entertainment (money machine, jousting, bungee run, laser tag, maybe dunk tank, maybe hypnotist, karaoke, limbo, line dancing, maybe foam party, whizzer, poker, and tons of other games!) in store for them.


PRICES & DATES – Buy your tickets early before the price goes up!
March 15- April 15 – $55
April 16 – June 4 – $65
June 5 and at the door $75

Need financial assistance with tickets? See you High School Guidance Counselor. They can help!


If you’d like to volunteer, please visit the “Helena Senior All Night Party 2022”  at https://www.helenasanp.com/volunteers/ You can stay all night or pick a shift or area to work.

Photo Wall

Want your Senior to be featured on our giant photo wall?  Parents, send us a senior-age picture and a baby picture for the Senior Night Photo Wall!!   Make sure to include your senior’s first and last name.  Email them to senioranp@gmail.com.

The Helena Senior All Night Party is an independent 501c3 non-profit and is not affiliated with Helena Schools.

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Visit the online Parchment Service to order your “Final Transcript”. Please use an updated email address, as once you leave HHS your school account will be deactivated.  You must select “Hold for Grades”.  Once Semester 8 grades have been finalized, then your transcript will be honored and distributed.  All fines and fees must be paid prior to releasing your transcript. Please make your transcript request BEFORE August 1st in order to avoid paying the processing fee.