CLASS OF 2017 GRADUATION *Commencement Information*
Date: June 3, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM
Where: Nelson Stadium, Carroll College
Capital High School is dedicated to ensuring that their graduates are College and Career ready! We proudly send these students into the next season of their lives. Graduates…know that we stand behind you as you move forward and we thank you for the many years that you were with us here at Capital High, representing what we stand for. Best of luck to you and GO BRUINS!!
If the weather permits, graduation will be held outside at Nelson Stadium, Carroll College, and no tickets will be necessary. If we encounter inclement weather, graduation will be held in our Capital High School Gymnasium, as the Carroll College PE Center will be under construction. However, even if the ceremony begins outside please remember to bring the tickets in case weather gets bad part way through and we must move inside – this has happened in the past. Only guests with tickets will be permitted to come in the doors. Seniors will be issued a given number of tickets each the week before the ceremony in their Government Class. Students are asked to sign for the tickets when they are received. Graduates do not need to keep a ticket for themselves – we have already included them in our overall count. Please note that the number of tickets provided to each graduate will not be determined until the last half of May when our graduation count is finalized. Typically in the past, graduates have received between 5-8 tickets each. Tickets CANNOT be replaced if lost or stolen. Seating in our gymnasium is determined by the Fire Marshall and there are no replacement tickets. (Remember, tickets will be used only in case of inclement weather.)
Each Graduate that is participating in the CHS Graduation Ceremony will receive 8 tickets this year. – May 10, 2017
All tickets are provided to the graduate as it is their ceremony to invite friends and family to celebrate with them. Our policy prevents us from providing their tickets to anyone else, including family members. Graduates must sign for their tickets, documenting that they themselves received the proper amount of tickets allotted to them. They may hand their tickets out to whomever they choose, that is not up to us.
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, however, 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 email April Murfitt at email@example.com and provide your name, your senior’s name, your contact information as well as your desired number of extra tickets. This is the only way to get on our extra ticket list – we cannot add by voicemail, in person, or phone requests, only electronic emails. Again, please understand that you are not guaranteed any extra tickets even if you get on this list. If there are extras to be given out, you will be contacted a few days before Graduation to let you know how many your student will receive, your student will then be sent a pass to pick them up and to sign for them in the Main Office.
Semester test schedule for Seniors Only!
Exams will be given during the regularly scheduled period.
May 30, 2017 – Periods 2, 3, and 4
May 31, 2017 – Periods 5, 6, and 7
June 1, 2017 – Periods 0 and 1
Commencement practice will be held on Thursday, June 1, 2017 in the CHS Gymnasium after semester tests are completed, at approximately 9:30 am. If a senior does not attend practice he/she will not be allowed to participate in the Graduation Ceremony.
Students who participate in the graduation practice and ceremony are expected to abide by the following guidelines:
As you enter the CHS Gym, you will be given a walk list, find your name and take a seat according to the list.
Remain seated and quiet until Mr. Zanto is finished with announcements.
You will be asked to line up according to the walk-in list to practice entering. Look for the person holding a sign with your row number and follow them. That person will instruct you how to line up.
If the weather is bad on the day of graduation, you will line up in the CHS Cafeteria. If the weather is good you will line up in the Cube on the Carroll College Campus.
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.
Be prepared to take care of any school fines before graduation practice. No diploma will be handed out at graduation if you owe a fine. Fines cannot be paid Graduation Day. Diplomas are pulled at 3pm on the Friday before the ceremony – if fines are not taken care of by then, students will not receive their diploma at the ceremony. They must take care of their fine the following week to pick up their diplomas. Final Fine Lists are posted by the end of Graduation Practice and seniors are encouraged to check the list 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.
Check with your Counselor for any cap and gown issues. Travis Belcher with Jostens has really done a great job of taking care of our cap and gown needs – please go through him to get your cap and gown to ensure that our graduates are wearing the proper color cap/gown and that tones match. They also offer many other senior items, so be sure to check them out.
Following graduation practice, the senior class officers will be hosting a free picnic at Women’s Park in downtown Helena. It will be catered by Bad Betty’s BBQ and Capital City DJ will provide the music. There will be door prizes and games along with the great food.
Commencement exercises begin at 10:00 am on Saturday, therefore, SENIORS MUST REPORT BY 9:15 am. If Graduation is outside at Nelson Stadium, seniors must report to the Carroll College Cube on campus. If Graduation is inside at the CHS Gymnasium, then seniors must report to the CHS Cafeteria. DO NOT WEAR YOUR GOWNS, but please bring them. Appropriate dress is expected. Example: Girls – dress pants, dress, skirt & blouse, heels or flats. Boys – dress slacks, shirt, dress shoes. You may put your cap on any time before or during lining up. 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.
Diplomas will be handed out after you come off the stage and before you sit down. Counselors are set up in the back of the ceremony and will hand you your diploma as you go back to take your seat. Your report card will be mailed to you. If you do not receive it, please stop by the CHS 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 406-324-2500.
Graduation Ceremony Pictures
Students will be photographed professionally during the graduation ceremony. Only Graduates and graduation staff are permitted on the field/stage/main floor during the ceremony. For more information please click here. The password was sent home with your senior when they picked up their tickets.
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. Graduates are permitted to appropriately decorate their mortarboard. All decorations must be in accordance with the guidelines below. Any cap that violates the guidelines will be confiscated and a blank cap will be given to the graduate to wear for the ceremony.
During the commencement exercises boys will remove their caps for the National Anthem. Girls will not remove their caps at any time.
Congratulations to the Class of 2017! After the precedent set by previous year’s graduating classes, you are able to decorate your caps at the commencement ceremony. Everything went well the last few years – no issues, and everyone complied. Therefore, we are willing to try it again! CHS staff and members of student council ask you and your family to read the guidelines found below.
No symbols, logos, words, sayings or any action that can be deemed as offensive to those in any culture, American or otherwise. Remember, this is not just your ceremony but a ceremony you share with all of your classmates and their respective friends and family members!
No symbols, logos, words, sayings, or actions that affiliate themselves with alcohol or drug paraphernalia, as well as any other illegal activity.
No sexual or inappropriate references or innuendos.
The decoration should not extend more than 2 inches off the mortarboard so as not to distract the person sitting behind you.
You may decorate the entire top of the mortarboard, but underneath and the headpiece should remain untouched.
The tassel must be present on the cap.
Follow the Capital Code. (Be Responsible, Be Respectful, Be a Graduate)
There will be dedicated students and some faculty checking caps and observing these standards that have been crafted. In order to encourage high standards of student conduct and behavior, the principal or participating members of his staff will replace a student’s cap if it is in violation of the guidelines with a replacement so he/she may walk. If a student refuses or the cap decoration is blatantly in disregard of the Capital Code, this student places the future decoration of graduation caps in jeopardy. Many students from the Class of 2015 put a lot of time and effort into this opportunity. This is a chance no class has had before 2015, and we trust that you will follow the Capital Code and the guidelines. If you have any questions about any intended information/images that you feel might be questionable, be sure to talk to an administrator during school hours long before commencement exercises.
Senior All Night Party
Who: All 2017 Helena Schools Graduates
When: Saturday, June 3 2017
Where: Helena Civic Center
Doors open for admission from 7 – 8:30 pm only – anyone leaving during the night will not be re-admitted;
Tobacco use will not be allowed during the event;
Any one 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;
Seniors and Volunteers must show Photo ID;
Students – be a part of the fun and get your spot reserved now!
Parents – your help is needed to make this a party a night to remember. Below are the meeting dates:
November : 15th, 5:30-7:00, CHS CAFETERIA
December: 13th, 5:30-7:00, CHS CAFETERIA
January: 17th,5:30-7:00, HHS CAFETERIA
February: 21st, 5:30-7:00, CHS CAFETERIA
March: 21st, 5:30-7:00, HHS CAFETERIA
April: 18th, 5:30-7:00, CHS CAFETERIA
May: 16th, 5:30-7:00, HHS CAFETERIA
Volunteer –we are in real need of volunteers to work a shift the night of the party! Anyone over age 21 can help, including your out-of-town guests, neighbors, older siblings, etc. Sign up to work shifts together with family members or friends if you’d like. Simply go to the website: Senior All Night Party (or Google Helena Senior All Night Party) then click on the “Volunteer Night of the Party” tab.
REMINDER – we would like two 4×6 photos from each graduate: a senior picture and a baby picture. Please print your name and school on the back of each photo. Photos can be turned in at the Main Office or mailed to: Senior All Night Party c/o Photo Wall PO Box 7486 Helena, MT 59604
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.
Senior all night tickets can still be purchased up until 8:30 P.M. on Saturday!
For more information on the Senior All Night Party click here.