Graduation

Class of 2022

The culmination of twelve years of education is a special time in the life of students, parents and staff.  We recognize this is an important passage and an occasion to be marked with formal ceremonies.  Western Canada High School's 2022 graduation is scheduled to take place in two parts: 

a.     Graduation Ceremony:  Tuesday May 24th at 2:00 pm (Jack Simpson Gymnasium, U of C).  This is not a school day for all students.  Our Grade 10 musicians perform for the event.

b.     Graduation Banquet:  Friday May 27th (BMO, Calgary Stampede Grounds).  Time to be finalized.

Please recognize the safety of graduates, their families and staff will be a priority with planned celebrations.  Due to the pandemic, we will need to create an event that supports COVID-19 protocols:  Alberta Public Health Measures

Key Dates:

(subject to updates):

Grad Fees:  These are payable online when possible under the ‘optional fee’ tab.   Please reach out to the Business Office (shlakhani@cbe.ab.ca) with questions.  All fees must be paid in full prior to the purchase of grad banquet tickets and the ordering of grad attire.  Graduation activities are fully funded by our families - we appreciate your understanding.

September 30:  Class Historian Expressions of Interest due

November 8 – 24:  Grad Portraits at WCHS. 

February 1:  Valedictorian Expressions of Interest due

February 23Grad Speaking Roles Expressions of Interest due

March (dates to be finalized):  planning tables for the graduation dinner

March 15th:  Grad List posted outside of Student Services. 

By March 17th:  Students not on the Grad list, who believe there is an error, are asked to please create a meeting with their Counselor.

April (dates to be finalized):  payment for the graduation dinner

May 11th:  "All Things Grad" Parent Council Meeting (6:30 pm)

May 17th:  Grad Rehearsal, Period 4

May 24:  Graduation Ceremony

May 27:  Grad Banquet (if possible)

Participation:

To be eligible to take part in the graduation ceremonies and the banquet and dance, grade 12 students must be registered in a program of courses that will enable them to complete the minimum requirements for an Alberta High School Diploma by the end of June 2022.  Students who do not have the possibility of completing these courses, or who leave school during the year without completing the requirements, will not be eligible to participate in the graduation activities. 

The Graduation List:

A graduation list will be posted outside the Guidance Office on Tuesday, March 15, 2022. Students are asked to check for errors or omissions and report them to the Guidance Secretary, Ms. Schwartz, in the Counseling Office by Thursday, March 17, 2022 (before leaving for Spring Break). Students should not assume they meet the requirements to participate in the graduation activities simply because they are registered in grade 12. The completed list will be the basis for the ticket distribution, program information and the grad composite. 

Things of which you need to be aware:

1. Only those students who have earned the minimum 100 credits and fulfilled the requirements for a High School Diploma by June 2022 will be eligible to participate in the Graduation Ceremonies and Banquet/Dance will be eligible to participate in the Graduation Ceremonies and Banquet/Dance. 

2. The minimum requirements for receiving an Alberta High School Diploma are: 

·       ELA 30-1 or 30-2 

·       Social Studies 30-1 or 30-2 

·       10 credits in Science:  10 level plus Science 20, Science 24, Biology 20, Chem 20 or Physics 20

·       10 credits in Math:  10 level plus Math 20-1, 20-2 or 20-3 

·       Physical Education 10 (3 credits) 

·       CALM:  Career and Life Management (3 credits) 

·       10 credits in any combination from Career and Technology Studies, Fine Arts, Second Languages, or PE 20 or 30

·       10 credits in 30 level courses in addition to ELA 30-1 or 30-2 and Social Studies 30-1 or 30-2. 

Grad Fees:

A Grad Fee of $55.00 per student will be collected from each eligible graduate.  Please log into your MyCBE / PowerSchool account at Parent PowerSchool Account to make payment or view your transactions.  Payments cannot be made from a student account.

If you have any questions regarding your MyCBE account or payment, please contact the Business Manager, Shabbir Lakhani at shlakhani@cbe.ab.ca

Lifetouch:

A professional photographer will take two photos during the ceremony to capture the 'crossing the stage' moment of students.  A complimentary photo is provided to families.   Parents may order additional copies for this momentous milestone.  Lifetouch will use the e-mail address supplied during Grad Photos.

Grad Pictures:

A virtual sign up system for grad photos scheduled at Western will be provided in late October/early November.  (November 8 - 24)

Students may also choose to go directly to the Lifetouch Studio.  If students want to be in the wall composite and in the yearbook, they are encouraged to get their grad picture taken by the middle of December. 

Lifetouch location:  3628 Burnsland Road SE | Calgary, Alberta T2G 3Z2   

Booking with Lifetouch   or you may call 403-255-5440

Grad 2022 - Grad Rings:

Your GRADUATION is important! COVID-19 means we can’t hold a display at your school right now BUT Josten’s is making sure you don’t have to MISS OUT. You can DESIGN & ORDER your CUSTOM graduation jewelry at www.jostens.com

WCHS Grade 12 Graduation D2L Shell:

We will create a Student Grad D2L shell in time for the second semester.  In addition to this web page, information and updates will be posted to the shell. 

Grad Speaking Roles:

By the end of August, we will post the "expression of interest" forms for the 2022 Grad Speaking Roles.   Last year's documents are attached but they will be updated.

Guests:

To be determined based on health protocols. 

Organizer Contact Information:

Please be advised specific details about the Graduation Ceremony and Banquet will be released as they become available.  Due to COVID-19, we are unable to finalize details as our school year begins.  Your understanding is needed, valued and appreciated. 

Please direct preliminary questions to Ms. Hornby (mahornby@cbe.ab.ca). 

Communications

Speeches 

Grad Gowns 

Ceremonies 

Administrator Liaison 

Secretary 

 

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