Participation in Graduation Ceremonies requires students to: 

  • Have earned the required credits and courses to meet the Alberta Education requirements for a High School Diploma or Certificate of High School Achievement
  • Be a student in good standing according to the school' code of conduct

Individual cases will be considered on their own merits.

Ceremony Inquiries: Pam Banack,
Banquet Inquiries: Jason Stroh,

Graduation 2020

(Markin MacPhail Centre 88 Canada Olympic Road SW)

Graduation Photos

Central Memorial High School - start November 24, 2020.  Booking site is open through Lifetouch.  
Graduation Sittings are available through contacting Lifetouch directly.

Grad Jewelry



This booklet (also under Resources) has been designed to help prepare you for the events of graduation. Most of you already know the basic rules of etiquette; however, you may want to use this booklet as a guide or reference. Following proper etiquette will contribute to making your graduation one of the most memorable events in your life. Please share this information with your parents/guardians. 

We request that graduands join the Remind texting /email notification service to obtain information and reminders about Grad.

Enter this number: 587-333-2739
Surnames A to G, text this message: @2020alpha1
Surnames H to O, text this message: @2020alpha2
Surnames P to Z, text this message: @2020alpha3

Parents/Guardians can also join the service to receive important grad information.

Enter this number: 587-333-2739
Text this message: @grad20cmhs

The Grad List

Students must be on the Central Memorial High School Graduation List to take part in the ceremony and to purchase banquet tickets. The list will be posted on Thursday, April 2 on the Student Services window. It is the student’s responsibility to ensure they are on the list and their name is spelled correctly. Please see your counsellor in early April to address any concerns and complete the appeal process, if applicable. No changes to the grad list will be made after April 15.

Graduation Vocabulary

Ceremony: The graduation ceremony is for the purpose of officially recognizing your twelve years of public school education.
Graduand: A student who is about to graduate.
Processional: The process of entering the graduation venue.
Recessional: The process of exiting the graduation venue.

Graduation Ceremony

The ceremony is an important part of your graduation. This is an event in which your family, friends, teachers, peers and community will formally recognize and celebrate your success. It takes place at the Markin Macphail Centre at WinSport on Thursday, May 14, 2020. Students need to arrive at 9:15 in the lower level with their gown and sash.

In order for students to walk across the stage and obtain their robes, students must pick up a ceremony ticket. Ceremony tickets can be obtained from May 4-7 at lunchtime in room 255.

Students pick up their gowns and sash after school on Friday, May 8 in the large dance studio (room 175). Students unable to pick up their gowns on Friday, May 8 can pick up their gowns the following Monday at lunch. We encourage students and their families to take pictures over the weekend and not after the ceremony as gowns will be returned immediately following the ceremony. Any unreturned gowns, will be charged to the student’s fees. The program consists of a processional, during which graduands, guests, and teachers enter the main gymnasium in their academic gowns while the audience stands to receive them. This is followed by a program of messages, introductions and musical interludes. Each graduand crosses the stage to receive a certificate and congratulations from the Principal and a Calgary
Board of Education Trustee. The graduation ceremony begins promptly at 10:00 and is approximately 2.5
hours in length. Wheelchair access is available in designated areas around the arena concourse.

Parking is available and free in designated lots around the Markin Macphail Centre.

Ceremony Attire

The event is semi-formal and we encourage graduands to dress appropriately. Please leave items like jackets, purses and hats with family or friends to avoid having to leave them behind in the gowning area. The school will not assume responsibility for the security of any student’s personal items.


At the stage, a professional photographer from Lifetouch will be taking photographs of each student. These photographs will be sent to your home address during the summer months.

Friends and family are requested not to interrupt the ceremony by coming to the front to take pictures. This disturbs the audience and prevents others from seeing and hearing their graduand’s name being called.

Mandatory Graduation Rehearsal

Friday, May 8 – Period 4

It is very important that all graduands participating in the exercises be at the rehearsal to learn the procedures for the processional and recessional as well as any last-minute details. Students will go to their period 4 class and wait for
the announcement before proceeding to the gym. After the rehearsal, graduands will be directed to pick up their grad gown and sash.

Grad Speeches

We encourage students to consider taking part as a speaker at grad. Please see Mr. Petrie in room 115 for more information. Applications can be picked up on Tuesday, February 18 and are due on Friday, February 28. Auditions will
be held between April 6 – April 9. Speakers will be chosen for the Valedictory address (at the ceremony), as well as a variety of speakers at the banquet. See application for details.

Banquet & Dance

Banquet Tickets

$85.00 per banquet ticket, plus service fee.
Purchasing of tickets and table selection will be completed online. Go to the Central Memorial High School website and click on Grad 2020, follow the instructions. This will allow you to select your table (rectangular tables seat 8, circular tables seat 10) and pick your menu (either chicken or vegan). For planning purposes, the floor plan has been included at the end of this document. Please indicate any allergies at the time of purchase (include the name of the person requiring the special meal). Print your tickets and keep them in a safe place!

Ticket sales will begin on Thursday, April 16 at 8:30 AM and end at 11:55 PM on Wednesday, April 29.

There is no limit to the number of tickets you can purchase. Tickets will be sold on a first come, first served basis.

Method of payment - Visa, MasterCard or Debit

If you are paying cash for your tickets please pay at the Business Office from April 6 to 9. This will permit you to access your tickets online on April 16.

Please Note: If you have any outstanding fees at the time of purchase, your account will have a hold on it. You must clear your account by either going to the Business Office or calling them at 403-243-8880 ext. 2308 and paying your outstanding fees. The hold will then be removed and you can proceed with the purchase of your tickets. To avoid
disappointment, please clear the account in advance of April 16.

Banquet Menu

First Course
Confit Carrot, Fennel Fresh Herb Slaw
(Gluten, Dairy & Nut free)
Second Course (Chicken Option)
Oven Roasted Local Chicken Breast,
Truffled Mushroom Stuffed Zucchini, Roasted Red Pepper
Potato Puree, Roasted Fingerling Potato, Peppercorn Sauce
(Gluten, Lactose & Nut free)
Second Course (Vegan Option)
Chickpea-Vegetable Meatloaf
Grilled Zucchini, Mushroom Ragu
Carmelized Onion Pan Gravy
Family Style Dessert
Graduation Cake – Chocolate Mousse Cake (contains dairy)
Chocolate Gluten Free Cupcakes (Vegan Icing)
Fresh Strawberries & Dairy Free Caramel Sauce
Chocolate Vegan Brownies

Banquet Attire

Student dress is formal or semi-formal.

No alcohol is permitted in the banquet hall. All students’, guests’, and parents’ bags will be searched upon entry to the banquet hall. 

Please be respectful of the WinSport security staff. It is their job to search all bags entering the banquet hall.

Baqnquet Parking

A confirmed area in front of the Markin Macphail Centre will be designated as a taxi, car, or limo drop-off. There is no parking fee in the lots at WinSport.

Banquet Photo Slideshow

During the banquet, we will be having a photo slideshow of student’s baby or toddler and grad photos. If you would like your graduand’s baby or toddler photo included in the slideshow, please forward an edited high-resolution photo file to by March 19. Include the graduand’s name in the email subject line. You will receive an emailing confirming that the photo was received. If the graduand had their grad photo taken by a company other than the school provided company, please forward that photo file as well.

Important Dates to Remember

February 18Students interested in speaking at grad can pick up an information package from Mr. Petrie in room 115.
February 28Deadline to submit Grad speech application to Mr. Petrie in room 115.
March 19Deadline to send baby or toddler photos to be included in the banquet slideshow. High resolution photo files
sent to
April 6 - 9Grad speech auditions.
April 16 Banquet tickets go on sale. If paying by cash, a deposit must be made between April 6- 9 to the business
office. Tickets are sold on a first come, first served basis.
April 29Banquet tickets go off sale. No banquet tickets will be sold after April 29 at 11:55 PM.
May 4 – 7Pick up your Ceremony Ticket at lunch in room 255. This ticket is required to pick up gown and sash and needed to walk across the stage during the ceremony.
Fri. May 8During period 4, graduates will be called down to practice the ceremony processional. At 1:15 PM, go to the large dance studio with ceremony ticket in hand to pick up your gown and sash.
May 8 - 13 Take pictures in your gown and sash as gowns will be returned directly after the ceremony.
Thursday May 14
9:15 AM
Arrive at the Markin Macphail Centre at WinSport with your gown and sash on and holding your Ceremony Name Ticket. Proceed to the lower level of the main arena.
10:00 AM The auditorium processional begins. Remain standing for O Canada. Please be quiet and respectful.
12:30 PMImmediately following the ceremony, return your gowns and sash downstairs. There will be a charge for missing gowns.
6:00 PMBanquet doors open at the Markin Macphail Centre.
7:00 PMGraduation Banquet begins.
11:00 PMGraduation Banquet ends.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. What does the mandatory grad fee paid to the business office cover?

  • Rental of ceremony venue and audio-visual company fee
  • Rental of grad gown
  • Graduation certificate from Jostens
  • Printing of programs

2. If I don’t attend the ceremony, am I still required to pay the graduation fee?

Yes, the gown, certificates and rental of venue are acquired well in advance of the event. Therefore, we encourage all students to participate in the ceremony to celebrate their academic achievement. 

3. What does the banquet fee cover?

  • Rental of banquet venue and audio-visual company fee
  • Food and beverage services
  • DJ
  • Printing of menu
  • Decorations

4. Are graduates required to purchase a banquet ticket for themselves?

The banquet is not mandatory for students to attend but if they do choose to attend, they are required to purchase a banquet ticket for themselves.

5. Who chose the menu for the banquet?

Students from our graduation committee were involved in a tasting menu where they voted on a menu that would be well received by their peers.

6. Why was WinSport chosen as the venue?

  • WinSport is a not-for profit organization where money spent at the organization supports not only Canadian high-performance athletes, but introduces thousands of Calgarians to mountain-based sports each year.
  • Due to both graduation events occurring in the same venue, we reduce our rental and audiovisual costs allowing us to lessen fees.
  • WinSport does not charge for parking. At other venues, families could expect to pay +$20 in parking for the two events.

Banquet floor map

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