Senior Portraits

Senior Pictures are typically due last week of September or first week of October. Pictures need to be uploaded online. There is also a $10 fee that needs to be paid to the bookkeeper. For further questions, please contact Mrs. Haynes at

Cap, Gown, Announcements

SHS has partnered with Jostens to provide unique Sandpoint gowns for graduating seniors. While the caps are yours to keep, the gowns are rented and then returned after graduation. Seniors have a class meeting in September to go over cap & gown and announcements information. Orders will be due a week later. Announcements are delivered to the seniors sometime in March during the lunch periods. It is recommended to mail out your announcements in April. Cap and Gowns are delivered in May.


SHS is currently partnered with Jostens. Unique Sandpoint High School caps, gowns, graduation announcements, etc. can be purchased through Jostens. Please visit their website for more information on all the graduation items they offer.

Graduation Basics

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The Ceremony

There's no greater recognition of a graduate's achievements than a high school graduation ceremony, or commencement. Students will walk and receive their diploma cover. It is good etiquette to turn off cell-phones during the ceremony and to remain in your seat until the last students walk. Don’t forget to return the graduation gown after the ceremony and pictures in exchange for the actual diploma.

Cap & Gown Facts

    • Students gowns are rented and must be returned after graduation. Students will basically trade their gowns for their diplomas.

    • The graduation cap is worn flat on the head, parallel to the floor. The front point of the cap should be centered on the forehead.

    • Tassels are usually worn on the right side and shifted to the left when graduates receive their diplomas.

    • Flowers and jewelry should not be worn on the academic gown.

Senior Check-out

All seniors must complete their checkout before they can attend graduation practice, and subsequently, walk at graduation. Checkout Forms are available to seniors about two weeks before graduation. This form contains places for all teachers to sign off, the librarian to sign off, emptied and cleaned locker verification, and requests for final transcripts to be sent out. This form is due to the bookkeeper the day before graduation practice. Again, seniors will not be allowed to attend graduation practice, and therefore, not allowed to walk at graduation unless their form is signed off by the bookkeeper.

All Nite Grad Party

The Grad Party is put on by the parents of senior student council members. It is the night of graduation and is full of fun, games, prizes, and food—a time for seniors to celebrate the end of their high school career. For any questions or to add your name to the volunteer list, please email