Helena High School Graduation

Saturday-June 5, 2021
2:00 P.M.
Nelson Stadium
Carroll College

Commencement Information

Students must report to Carroll College by 1:00 p.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!!

Watch Live on June 5, 2021!

Click here to view the 2020 Helena High School Live Stream commencement exercises.

Here’s a secondary link to the Independent Record website: IR Virtual Graduations

2021 Commencement Speaker


These are the Class of 2021 Valedictorians


These are the Class of 2021 Salutatorians


Yearbook Senior Pictures

For information on Senior Yearbook Pictures click here. Buy your yearbook online at: https://www.yearbookordercenter.com/  School Order Number: 7088

Helena Public Schools is currently accepting online payment for fees for yearbooks.  Pay when it’s most convenient for you with a computer or mobile device at: https://helenaschools.revtrak.net

Tickets for Admission

Due to the COVID-19 scenario, HSD has determined that all students will receive two-tickets only.  Persons holding these tickets must have a mask, a pre-screening symptom card and follow these guidelines:

Coronavirus Protocols for 2020 Commencement

Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.  If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.  Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

Avoid close contact.  Stay at least 6 feet (about 2 arms’ length) from other people.  Stay in your assigned seat until the ceremony concludes and your section/row has been dismissed by the usher.

Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover.  Everyone will be required to wear a cloth face cover.

If you are sick – please stay home.

Pre-screening Symptom card

Graduation Practice

Semester test schedule for Seniors Only!

  • June 2, 2021 – Periods 4, 5, 6, and 7
  • June 3, 2021 – Periods 0, 1, 2 and 3

Graduation rehearsal will begin on Friday, June 5, 2020 online. An email will be sent to parents containing a video link. This video will be information necessary for the student’s practice.

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 or contact Travis Belcher, Josten’s representative.

Class Song


Class Motto

“Kid, you’ll move mountains.” Dr. Seuss

Senior Picnic


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 5th by 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 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 8:00 AM therefore, SENIORS MUST REPORT BY 7:00 AM.

Diplomas will be mailed in the week following the ceremony.  Your 2020 diploma and report card will be mailed to you.  If you do not receive your documents, please contact the HHS Main Office this summer.  If you have any questions, contact the school at 406-324-2200.

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 is not happening in 2020. 

Graduation Day Ceremony Pictures!

Students will be photographed professionally during the graduation ceremony.

Please order your prints by following these steps:


Senior All Night Party

The Helena Senior All Night Party will take place on Saturday, June 5, 2021 from 7pm-12am at the Helena Civic Center. The Helena Senior All Night Party is a tobacco-free, alcohol-free and drug-free event that is open to all graduating seniors in Helena! This includes students of ACCESS, Capital High, Helena Christian Academy, Helena High, PAL, St. Andrews, and Home School students.

The 2021 party will be very similar to the traditional graduation night party with some modifications. The hours have been shortened to 7pm-12am and the ticket price has been reduced to $40, $50 at the door. The party space has been expanded and games/decorations have been reduced to allow for more distancing. There will still be lots for the kids to do. There will be games, a DJ, dancing, the popular whizzer ride, poker, laser tag, karaoke, food, prizes and more!

The party plan adheres to all guidelines within the State of Montana’s phase two guidelines for general assembly. The open space on the floor plan allows for more than double the number of an average senior all night party. After accounting for the space the games, food, prizes, etc. take up; there is over 23,000 square feet of open space for the students which more than allows for appropriate physical distancing of the expected 400 students. Measures for cleaning, sanitation and security are also in place.

Parent volunteers are needed for the night of the party and this year we need more than normal for the additional safety precautions. If you’d like to volunteer, please visit the “Helena Senior All Night Party 2021” Facebook page where a link to sign us is shared or send an email to senioranp@gmail.com. Tickets for the party are being sold online at www.helenaciviccenter.com.

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