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.



Central Memorial's 2023 Graduation is currently planned for Friday, May 19th 2023.  Both the ceremony and banquet will take place at the BMO Centre.  More details will be provided as they become available.

Please have your grade 12 student sign up to receive notifications about anything grad related. 

Last Names A-E 

Text this number: 289-814-2293

Text this message: @gradatoe


Last Names F-K 

Text this number: 289-814-2293 

Text this message: @gradftok


Last Names L-Q 

Text this number: 289-814-2293

Text this message: @gradltoq 


Last Names R-Z 

Text this number: 289-814-2293

Text this message: @gradrtoz

Graduation Portraits

Graduation portraits are all booked through  

Graduation Jewelry

Graduation jewelry - 403-252-1774  Jostens.

The Grad List

Students must be on the Central Memorial High School Graduation List to take part in the ceremony.  It is the student’s responsibility to ensure they are on the list and their name is spelled correctly. Please see your counsellor the following week to address any concerns and complete the appeal process, if applicable. No changes can be made once the final Grad list is posted.  Initial list will be posted on Monday, March 28.  Final list will be posted April 28 - NO changes can be made after this date.

Baby/Toddler Photo and Yearbook Quote Submission

We will be having a photo slideshow of student's baby or toddler and grad photos during the banquet.  Students can submit a photo with the following:

1.  Edit a high-resolution photo to have no borders, etc.  

2.  Save the file as Students last name, Students first name (Simpson, Bart.jpg)

3. Save file as .jpg or .jpeg or .pdf

4. Submit the file to Student Services D2L under Assignments - Grad 2022 Baby Photos.

5. Deadline to submit is May 2.

Important Dates to Remember

March 28   Deadline to submit Grad speech application to Mr. Petrie,

March 28   Initial Grad List posted

April 7 - 9    Grad speech auditions.

April 26       Banquet tickets go on sale. If paying by cash, a deposit must be made to the business office between April 19 – 21. Tickets are sold on a first-come, first-served basis.

April 28      Final Grad List posted

May 2        Deadline to submit baby or toddler photos to the Student Services D2L shell.

May 6        Banquet tickets go off sale. No banquet tickets will be sold after May 6th at noon.

May 24 – 26 Pick up your Ceremony Ticket at lunch in the Learning Commons. This ticket is required to pick up gown and sash and walk across the stage during the ceremony.

Fri. May 27   During period 4, graduates will be called down to practice the ceremony processional. At 1:15 pm, go to the large dance studio with a ceremony ticket in hand to pick up your gown and sash

Till June 2     Take pictures in your gown and sash as gowns will be returned directly AFTER the ceremony.

Friday, June 3rd

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 am      Immediately following the ceremony, return your gowns and sash downstairs. There will be a charge for                                missing gowns. 

6:00 pm        Banquet doors open at the Markin Macphail Centre.

6:45 pm        Graduation Banquet begins.

11:00 pm      Graduation 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 venue rental 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
  • D.J.
  • 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 choose to attend, they must purchase a banquet ticket for themselves.

5. Who chose the menu for the banquet?

Students from our graduation committee voted on the menu.

 6. Why was Winsport chosen as the venue?

·               Winsport is a not-for-profit organization where money spent at the organization supports Canadian high-performance athletes and 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 audio-visual costs allowing us to lessen fees.

·               Winsport does not charge for parking. Families could expect to pay +$20 in parking at other venues for the two events.

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