James Fowler High School

Class of 2023 Graduation Activities Newsletter


Welcome to the JFHS Class of 2023 Graduation Activites Newsletter. The purpose of this newsletter is to inform parents and students of important dates and details, as well as the requirements necessary to participate in the graduation activities for 2023. In addition to reading this newsletter, students should listen for announcements in the daily student bulletins, look for information posted on bulletin boards throughout the school, attend TA regularly, and connect to our school website and Instagram.



In order to participate in any Graduation Activities, students must qualify for the Graduand List.  To be on the Graduand List, students must be in a program that will lead them to the full graduation requirements for their program by the end of June of their grade twelve year. Any course in which they have a grade below 50% at the reporting period March 9, 2023, or which is withdrawn prior to the scheduled Closing Exercises, will not count towards this requirement.  GRAD CHECKLIST SUMMARY.pdf 


All graduating students need to pay the $70.35 grad fee in order to attend the graduation ceremony.  Please log into MyCBE fee payment account ( to make payment.  

Graduation Ceremony

  • The Graduation Ceremony will be held at the Jubilee Auditorium on Tuesday, May 16, 2023 starting promptly a 2:30pm.
  • Students must be on the April 20th FINAL Graduand List to participate.
  • Tickets will be available for purchase online through Ticketmaster, Thursday, April 27th at 10am. Families may purchase up to 6 tickets for the ceremony, tickets are $2.50 each (graduates do not require a ticket).  
  • If needed, a second round will occur for additional ticket purchase on Monday, May 8th.
  • Graduation gowns and v-stoles will be distributed starting at 1:00pm (on May 16th) from the lower level of the Jubilee Auditoriam. 
  • Students will be given a graduation cap that they may keep.

The Graduation Ceremony is a formal event and students will be expected to act in a way that aligns with the Student Code of Conduct.  This includes, but is not limited to, choosing clothing that does not distract from the formality of the ceremony, and engaging in behaviours while crossing the stage that would also be deemed disruptive/distractive.

A mandatory Graduation Rehearsal will take place on Thursday, May 11th, during block 2 (10:30am-11:55am) at school, in the main gym.  This will provide students with important information prior to both events and give them an opportunity to ask any last minute questions.

Graduation Banquet and Dance

  • The Graduation Banquet and Dance will be held at the BMO Centre (Palamino Room) at Stampede Park on Thursday, May 18, 2023 from 6:00 until 11:30 pm (doors open at 5:30 pm).
  • Ticket sales will begin on Monday, April 24th until Thursday, May 4th during lunch from the Falcon Feeder.
  • The tickets cost $100 per person, payment can be in the form of cash/cheque or made at the business office with debit/credit. 
  • The banquet is a formal event consisting of a sit down buffet dinner offering beef/vegetarian/vegan options.


The graduation banquet is a graduation event sanctioned by James Fowler High School.  There will be no alcohol served or permitted on the premises.

 After Grad activities/parties are not affiliated in any way with James Fowler High School or the Calgary Board of Education.



Students or parents should address their questions to the following staff:

Budgeting and Other Planning: Student’s Counsellor [Surnames A-L Ms. Whiteley; M-Z Ms. Latak]

Grad Banquet and Dance: Ms Archibald

Grad Ceremony: Ms. Element

General Concerns: Ms. Chippure, Mr. Zarkovic or Mr. Johnson


Important Dates

March 15                            First Graduand List Posted

April 4                                Valedictorian Applications are due

April 6                                Second Graduand List Posted

April 18                              Deadline for meeting requirements

April 20                              Final Graduand List Posted

April 24                              Banquet Ticket Sales Begins

April 27                              Ceremony Ticket Purchase Begins - Ticketmaster

May 8                                 Second Round for Ceremony Tickets

 May 11                                Graduation Rehearsal

May 16                              Closing Exercises [2:30 pm– 4:30pm]

May 18                              Banquet and Dance [6:00 pm – 11:30 pm]



Students or parents should address their questions to the following staff:

Budgeting and Other Planning: Student’s Counsellor [Surnames A-L Ms. Latak; M-Z Ms. Whiteley]

Grad Banquet and Dance: Ms Archibald

Grad Ceremony: Ms. Element

General Concerns: Mr. Brash, Ms. Chippure, Mr. Zarkovic or Mr. Johnson

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