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School considers nixing gender-specific graduation gowns

February 11, 2019

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Graduates of a Montana high school may not wear gender-specific caps and gowns to their commencement ceremony this year.

The Helena Independent Record reports most girls at every Helena High School commencement since at least 2007 have worn white caps and gowns, while most boys have worn burgundy.

But Helena Public School District Superintendent Tyler Ream says a handful of student leaders and other members of the class of 2019 hope to see that change.

Ream says the students are pushing for all Helena High School graduates to wear the same color at their commencement to send the message that “we are one.”

Ream says Helena High Principal Steve Thennis looks to meet with every member of the senior class to discuss the topic.

Ream says there is no definitive timeline on the decision.

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Information from: Independent Record, http://www.helenair.com