Welcome to your last year of high school class of 2024!

GRAD is Saturday, May 25th, 2024


Graduation Details

Grad 2023 Presentation

SHS supports two main events for graduation. 

  • Afternoon Ceremonies (cross the stage in gown and sash)
  • Evening Celebration (grand march, speeches, dance)

There will be two Afternoon Ceremonies on May 27th. Each Ceremony is capped at 115 participants. Mandatory rehearsal for this event is on Friday, May 26th after lunch.

There are two separate time slots for this portion of grad which are:

  • Ceremony 1 - begins at 11:00-12:30 am 
  • Ceremony 2 - begins at 1:30-3:00 pm 

Every guest attending the Ceremony MUST have a ticket!  Students will receive 6 tickets each.  Tickets can be exchanged and requested from peers.  We will have a ticket exchange board posted outside the Learning Commons on the Grad bulletin board.  Doors are open 45 minutes before the start time of each ceremony.

Evening Celebration

The Evening Celebration runs from 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm. This is where you come in your formal dress, discover who won the various categories of Senior Superlatives, and then move to the Civic Centre for the dance (the first 3 songs are for you to dance with family, and your escorts/dates).  Grads, your ticket is included in your mandatory grad fee. The cost per guest tickets is $10 and you may purchase up to 6 tickets. Any remaining Celebration tickets will be released for purchase on School Cash Online on Thursday, May 19th at 8 am.

Morning/Afternoon Ceremony at 11:00am and 1:30pm

Eligible Grads: If you did not pick up your Ceremony tickets Wednesday at lunch or in Homeroom, you can pick them up in the main office.

Ineligible Grads: When you become eligible your tickets will be placed in the main office for you to pick up. The list is not updated every day, so be patient, you will get your tickets eventually.

Extra Ceremony Tickets: If you are looking for extra Ceremony tickets, fill out a card and put it on the board outside the Learning Commons. Be patient, we are still 2 weeks away from grad, you will be amazed what happens between now and then.

Tickets can be picked up outside the office on May 2nd, 3rd and 4th during lunch.

There will be a ceremony rehearsal for each group on Friday, May 26. Ceremony #1 rehearsal will start at 1:30pm, Ceremony #2 rehearsal will start at 2:30pm. Please make sure you are here as you will be given detailed instructions for the following day.

Afternoon Ceremonies will take place in the gymnasium on May 27th with 2 start times: 11:00 am & 1:30 pm. Graduates will have the opportunity to sign up for their preferred start time and we will do our best to accommodate everyone, but can't guarantee their chosen time. Each ceremony is capped at 115 participants.

The form to sign up will be posted on the Grad Google Classroom on

April 1st at 8am.

Ceremony #1 is now FULL. Please sign up for Ceremony #2. (April 18, 2023)

Grads will cross the stage while their personal thank you's and future plans are shared. Graduates will each be given 6 tickets for guests to attend. Everyone attending, even children, must have a ticket. Tickets will be distributed to eligible grads starting on the first week in May. 

If you have urgent questions your student cannot answer you are welcome to phone either of the Grad Advisor - Ms. Williams at the school (403) 934-3135.

Evening Celebration at 7:00pm - 11:00pm

The Evening Celebration will begin at 7:00 pm in the gym with the dance to follow in the Civic Centre ending at 11pm. 

This is an opportunity for Grads to show off their formal/fancy wear, discover who won the various categories of Senior Superlatives, listen to a few toasts, and then move to the Civic Centre for the dance (the first 3 songs are for you to dance with family, and your escorts/dates).

Grads and their escorts will be announced as they enter the gym, pose for a picture, and circle the gym to upbeat celebratory music. Grads will take their place on the bleachers, their non-grad escorts in reserved seating, and when everyone is seated the evening program will begin. 

Tickets for guests will be sold online from May 5th to 14th through the School Cash Online link on the SHS website home page. Grads do not need a ticket themselves, but all other guests will require one to enter the Celebration. Tickets for guests will be $10/ea for up to 6 guests per grad. Tickets will be distributed to grads on the 17th, 18th, and 23rd of May. 

Any remaining Celebration tickets will be released for purchase on School Cash Online on Friday, May 19th at 8 am.  

Eligibility List

If you are currently failing any of your courses required for graduation, and/or you have overdue textbooks, and/or you haven't paid your mandatory fees, and/or have poor attendance, you will NOT BE ELIGIBLE to participate in the Graduation Ceremony.

Please go to School Cash Online, to pay your fees. 

The mandatory Grad fee of $20 has been added to your School Fees online account. This fee covers the cost of all the AV equipment, your gown, the DJ, and your personal Grad Celebration ticket. 

See Mrs. Wathen in the Learning Commons to return or pay for your textbooks.

Please speak to your teachers and make a plan to get passing!

Common reasons for NOT being able to receive your Graduation Ceremony tickets:

Outstanding/Unpaid Fees

  • Mandatory Spartan Council Fee $10.00 (Pay online, or make arrangements in office)
  • Past Learning Resource Fee $65.00 (Pay online, or make arrangements in office)
  • Mandatory Grad Fee $20.00 (Pay online, or make arrangements in office)
  • Sports Team Fees  (See coach to pay, or make arrangements)
  • Damaged or Lost Text Books fines (See the library/learning commons to pay, or make arrangements)

Please pay your fees through School Cash Online, and visit the Learning Commons to return/replace missing textbooks. 

Grad Gowns

Grad gowns will be delivered to your block 4 class on Thursday. If you are not here on Thursday you can pick it up on Monday from your block 4 class.

1. Try on your grad gown when you receive it. When you put on your grad gown, it should hit the middle of your calf.  If it is too long or too short please come and see me.  DO NOT exchange with another student.  Each gown is numbered and assigned by name

2. Each gown comes with a sash.  You may want to safety pin the sash to your gown on the day of grad.  It tends to slide around

3. You do not need to wash the gown.  It was clean when you got it.  If for some reason you need to wash it, you can put it in the washing machine.  Hang to dry.

4. The gown needs to be returned immediately after the ceremony.  You may go onto the lawn for pictures, but DO NOT leave with the gown.

5. After the ceremony, place the gown in the labeled bins outside the cosmo room (room 104).  Each gown has a number on it so I will know you returned it.  Please don’t make me hunt you down to get my gown back!

On April 19th at 2:45pm the Grad Gown Sign-Up Form will be posted on the Grad Google Classroom. Please use your GHSD75 email address to sign up for your gown. 

If you are participating in the grad ceremonies you MUST fill out this form.   Gowns will be delivered to your block 4 class Thursday May 4 before lunch.  You must return the gown on the day of grad (May 27) immediately following the ceremony.  If you do not have a block 4 class, you can pick up the gown in the Cosmo room.  If you have work experience block 4 please select Legendre as your teacher.

Here is the link:

Grad Write-Ups

Grads, please complete the Grad Write Up form that is now posted in the Grad Google Classroom. Your Write-Up must be submitted by May 15. 

You must be using your GHSD email, and you can only reply once. This is what will be read aloud as you cross the stage. 3 sentences maximum. If you are participating in the ceremony you MUST complete this. This is your chance to thank your family, friends, teachers, and anyone who helped you get to where you are today. Tell us what your plans for the future are, where are you going to school, are you going to start your career, will you be travelling.

Ex. Thank you to my family for getting me up in the morning, helping me with homework, reminding me to pack a lunch, and celebrating with me when I succeeded. I will be attending the University of Zoltron in the fall with the goal of one day becoming a sousaphone player. Congratulations to my friends and classmates, we did it!

Grad Pictures with Lifetouch

Please  TBD to access the latest Strathmore High School 2024 Graduation Photos FAQ's sheet.  Please click here for a snapshot of SHS Grad Notice "A Year to Remember" information sheet.

Book Your Appointment

Portrait Sittings: Monday, February 26 - Friday, March 1

Location:  Civic Centre

Note:  Book your appointment online at Please come to your appointment 15 minutes prior to start to complete your paperwork and get into the gown. Choose Alberta & Strathmore and then "locate your school"; you will choose the Deluxe Sitting.  You must get to the final "confirmation" screen to ensure you have fully booked your session.

  • Photo sittings will be every 30 minutes and run between 7:45 am - 3:45 pm. Please do not be late for your appointment as there will not be time to fit you in.
  • All students MUST have their picture taken by Lifetouch so it can be included in the yearbook and composite. There is NO charge to have photos taken for yearbook & composite. Students who want their photos done by another company can simply inform the Lifetouch cameraman and no fee will be charged for the two photos taken.  You still need to book an appointment for this.
  • If you would like a package, and therefore a sitting, there will be a $40 charge payable online. This package includes 8-10 formal cap & gown photos and 8-10 casual photos with a large variety of poses and backgrounds.  You can book your appointment with Lifetouch online at starting on Feb 1st, 2023. 
  • What to wear for formal photos?  
    • Gentlemen: Traditionally wear a dress shirt and tie that compliments the school colours. 
    • Ladies:  Traditionally wear a tank top or v-neck for under the gown.
  • What to wear for casual photos?
    • Casual clothing emphasizes comfort and personal expression.  You can bring props that are important to you during this time.  For example, sports gear, musical instrument, art supplies. Keep your hair and make up natural, otherwise you may not like it.  Please do not wear glitter.  This could be full length so don't forget to wear nice shoes.  Your proofs will be mailed to you approximately three weeks after final photo date.  

Grad Hoodie 2023

It is now time to order your 2023 Grad Hoodie!

Please go to the Learning Commons to try on your hoodie for sizing.

The Process:

First, you will be require to pay for your Hoodie through your School Cash Online account (cash will also be accepted at the front office).  Link: 

Second, order your hoodie using the Google form.  You are required to reference your receipt number on this form.  * No proof of payment, no hoodie, no exception.  Order from Link:

The deadline for hoodie orders is November 30th.  The cost is $60.00

If you have additional questions please see Mrs. Galandy or Mrs. Bailie in Student Services

Jostens Graduation Jewelry

Grad Rings - Jostens is not able to come to our school.  Order now to have your graduation jewelry for all of Grade 12, take advantage of this year's prices & also receive a FREE HOODIE!  Offer is valid until June 30, 2021.  A $60 deposit for rings will be required. Catalogs are available for preview in the office and the Learning Commons. Click here to start designing your ring on Josten's website!  Ring styles can be viewed on the Jostens Website. Questions concerning rings please contact Sean Kelly.

Senior Superlatives

Who among you is the most likely to show up late with coffee?  The most likely to be found in the weight room? Or the most likely to own 50 cats?   You can vote for whoever you want in as many categories as you choose. To vote (you can only vote once, but you can edit your responses as many times as you want to), type in the FIRST and LAST name of the person you want to vote for. Just try your best with spelling (the first name is the more important one, the last one we can usually figure it out even if you spell it phonetically).

For "Best Bromance," enter both names - the order won't matter. All other categories just enter your first-choice winner! You do not need to vote for every category, but it would be great if you could.
As always, there is a mix of "classic" categories and a few that are unique to this year.
This form will close on Friday, MAY 5th, so make sure you get your votes in by then! Winners will be contacted the second week of May to arrange for photos and video footage. 

Here is the link:

Senior Quotes (to go under their yearbook portrait) Forms will be emailed to grads and posted on their Grad Google Classroom for them to access. They need to make sure they're logged in with their school account or else they won't work. You get 125 characters (every letter, space, and piece of punctuation counts).  It can be heartfelt, funny, serious, or just plain random. Movie quotes, book quotes, song lyrics, teacher quotes, your own catchphrase... all fair game. If you don't put anything you will just have a big blank space under your name. Please keep it school-appropriate so Ms. Riley doesn't have to change it to "inappropriate joke." She will do it. You can edit it if you change your mind, until the due date on May 1st!


Parent/Guardian Organized Event

Grad Gala: The Gala is a Parent Run & Organized event held between the SHS Ceremonies & Celebration. All graduates are welcome to purchase tickets and attend with their families etc.

The Grad Gala organizers are looking for musicians who would be interested in playing instrumental music for a short time at the gala. Please contact for more information. 

Grad Gala tickets can be purchased on Wednesday evening at the front entrance of the school at 7pm. If you are interested in attending the Parent Organized Grad Gala and need more information, you can email

Grad Gala Contact - Kim Proust

If you are interested in helping out with Grad Gala you can contact the organizers at the following email address:


If you are planning on attending the Parent Run Grad Gala, a ticketed event between the SHS Grad Ceremonies & Celebration, please consider the attached information regarding fundraising to offset ticket costs. 

3 on 3 Basketball Fundraiser

The registration deadline for the 3 on 3 basketball tournament has been extended until the evening of May 1 PLEASE register your team ASAP. 

Attached is the poster for the Basketball Fundraiser in support of the Parent Organized Grad Gala 2023.

Parent Run Gala 3 on 3 Basketball Fundraiser

Grad Gala Flower Fundraiser

Attached is the poster for the Flower Fundraiser with Bloomfield Garden Centre which runs March 24 - April 9. Please follow the steps below to order your hanging baskets and support Parent Organized Grad Gala 2023.


1. Can ONLY place orders on the Fundraiser page.  Do NOT select from the entire website and it is only hanging baskets.

2. Baskets are $49 each and only 100 are available so place your order quickly.

3. Bloomfield Garden Centre Calls each person who places an order for their payment

4. Baskets will be available in May for pickup at the Garden Centre

Parent Run Gala Fundraising Information Flyer

  1. There is an account set up at the Strathmore Bottle Depot. Donate your bottles to the SHS Parent/Guardian organized Grad Gala next time you go! All proceeds will go towards the Gala and those who choose to attend.
  2. The fundraising committee has decided to use the Coco Brooks Fundraising Program.  All families are encouraged to participate.

To participate as a seller, please go the website below and enter this invitation code: foin-erose.  All orders are due March 10, 2023.

Invite customers to g online and order using the link and code below: 

Customer Code: dens-isms


Safe Grad

Students in SHS grad class are welcome to attend Safe Grad along with 3 guests.  Guests may be students in grade 11 or 12, as well as previous graduates no older than 20 years old.  Safe Grad is May 27, 2023 from 11:00 pm - 3:00 am.  $20 entry fee. 

Contact for Safe Grad - Aerin Tower


Grad Pow Wow

Please see the attached Save the Date poster for the 2023 Grad Pow Wow.

Grad 2023 Pow Wow Save the Date

All grads are welcome, and encouraged to attend.  More information to come. 

Graduation Yard Signs


Orders due by May 15th at midnight. Orders are considered complete when accompanied by a picture and payment made to:


The price for a single sided coroplast yard sign with step stake would be $45.15 

The price for a double sided coroplast yard sign with step stake would be $58.80

Send the correct spelling of your grad's name, their picture, and payment to:

Grad Information

Senior Superlative