Graduation 2021 Celebration Participation

To be eligible to take part in the Graduation Ceremony and the Graduation Dinner and Dance, students must be registered in a program of courses that will enable them to complete their graduation requirements by the end of the school year.

February 10, 2021

Dear Grade 12 Students, Parents and Guardians,

I would like to provide an update regarding Graduation 2021. At this time, we are not planning traditional graduations that involve large public gatherings.

As a result, senior high school principals have considered a number of options to mark this important achievement. For all high schools in the CBE, the following decisions have been made about Graduation 2021:

  • There will be no formal banquets or dances
  • Any ceremonies will take place in our own schools
  • Details will be worked out over the coming months. Any activities will follow all Government of Alberta, AHS and CBE health and safety guidelines that may be in place at that time.

It is disappointing that once again, we are unable to provide a more typical graduation experience. Please know that we are immensely proud of our graduates, their accomplishments, and the perseverance they have demonstrated in graduating under such challenging circumstances.

As soon as we have additional details about graduation 2021, we will share them with all students and their families.


Dr. M. C. Hood


Ernest Manning High School

2021 Graduation Photos – School Sittings Are Now Cancelled

Due to the current transition to online learning for all students, all Graduation Photo Sittings scheduled to take place at EMHS are now cancelled. Opportunities to reschedule photos sessions at the LifeTouch Calgary Studio on McLeod Trail are still available. To book a sitting and find out more information on the health guidelines in place please visit  Individual questions can also be forwarded to

Leading up to Graduation 2021

Grad List - Student Review: TBD

Ticket Requests – Ceremony: TBD

Deadline for Requests: TBD

Ticket Purchasing – Dinner/Dance: TBD

Graduation 2021 Rehearsal

Date: TBD

Time: TBD

Location: Ernest Manning High School Gymnasium. All graduands are required to attend the rehearsal.

Graduation 2021 Ceremonies

Date: Friday, May 21, 2021

Time: TBD

Location: TBD

Alberta High School Diploma

All students in Alberta are working towards an Alberta High School Diploma. In order to graduate with this diploma, students must:

  1. Earn a minimum of 100 credits.
  2. Complete and meet the standards of the following specified credit courses:
  • English 30-1 or 30-2
  • Social Studies 30 or 33 (30-1 or 30-2)
  • Science 20 or 24 or Biology 20 or Chemistry 20 or Physics 20 (10 credits)
  • Mathematics 20P or 20A or 24 (10 credits)
  • Physical Education 10 (3 credits)
  • Career and Life Management 20 (3 credits)
  • 10 credits in any combination from Career and Technology Studies, Fine Arts, Second Languages, Physical Education 20 or 30, K & E Occupational courses or Apprenticeship Program
  • 10 credits in 30 level courses in addition to English 30-1 or 30-2 and Social Studies 30-1 or 30-2

Note: For the school’s graduation ceremony in May, Grade 12 students must be enrolled in a program leading to completion of at least 95 credits, and can only be missing one required course.

Alberta Certificate of High School Achievement

The requirements indicated in this chart are the minimum requirements for a student to attain a Certificate of High School Achievement. The requirements for entry into post-secondary institutions and workplaces may require additional and/or specific courses.

  1. Earn a minimum of 80 credits 
  2. Complete and meet the standards of the following specified credit courses:
  • English Language Arts 20-2 or 30-4
  • Mathematics 14 or 20-4
  • Science 14 or 20-4
  • Social Studies 10-2 or 20-4
  • Physical Education 10 (3 credits)
  • Career and Life Management (CALM) (3 credits)

5 credits in

  • 30-level Knowledge and Employability Occupational courses, or
  • 30-level Career and Technology Studies (CTS), or
  • 30-level Locally Developed course with an occupational focus

5 credits in

  • 30-level Knowledge and Employability Workplace Practicum course, or
  • 30-level Work Experience course, or
  • 30-level Green Certificate course


  • 5 credits in a 30-level Registered Apprenticeship Program (RAP) course
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