Graduation

Welcome to your last year of high school class of 2023!

GRAD is Saturday, May 27th, 2023

 

Graduation Details

SHS supports two main events for graduation which will be in the gym. 

It will be livestreamed through the Strathmore High School Facebook Page:

https://www.facebook.com/StrathmoreHighSchool

They are:

1. Afternoon Ceremony (cross the stage)

2. Evening Ceremony (grand march, speeches, dance)

The Afternoon Ceremony on May 27th runs from 11:00am - 3:00pm. This is where you cross the stage in your gown and sash.  There are two separate time slots for this portion of grad which are:

  • Time Slot Number 1 - begins at 11:00 am 
  • Time Slot Number 2 - begins at 1:30 pm 

The Evening Ceremony 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)

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

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. The form to sign up will be posted on the Grad Google Classroom on April 1st at 7am.

Grads will cross the stage while their personal thank you'sand 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 May 3rd, and 4th.

Each grad will be given 6 tickets for their guests to attend the ceremony. Everyone attending, other than the grad, will need a ticket, yes even children. You will receive your tickets and, if you are needing more than the allotted number, you will have the opportunity to ask other graduates if they have extra tickets they are willing to part with. 

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 Ceremony 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, 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 15th 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 19th of May. 

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

Eligibility List

The Grad Eligibility List has been posted near the front entrance, outside of the gym, and on the big board at the bottom of the stairs at the Y. You will need to know your student number to check your current status.


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, 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 will be showing up on your School Fees online account soon. 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 Afternoon 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 $Varies (See coach to pay, or make arrangements)
  • Damaged or Lost Text Books $Varies (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

The link below is for grad gown sign up.  For more information please see Mrs. Davidson in the Cosmo Room. Grad Gown Sign Up

Grad Write-Ups

On Monday at 2 pm the google form for Grad Write-Ups will show up on the Grad Google Classroom. 

As grads cross the stage a brief (4 sentence max.) blurb will be read out loud. The purpose of the blurb is to thank family/teachers/staff/friends, congratulate peers, and let people know about future plans. Sometimes the write-ups are funny, most of the time they are heartfelt and genuine. They are all reviewed and edited before graduation day. If they don't fill out the form, a standard "Congratulations to the Class of 2022" will be said. (PLEASE remind them to keep it short. It gets awkward when the student has crossed the stage and the blurb reader is still speaking, and the next grad is just standing there waiting for their turn.)
Please have the grade 12s who are graduating log into google classroom and fill out this form. They have until April 28th to complete it, but the sooner the better. If they are not planning on attending the ceremony they do not need to complete the form, but please have them send me an email saying they are not participating. 


If they have not yet signed up for either Ceremony, or for a grad gown, please have them do that first. Those forms are also on the Grad Google Classroom. They cannot just show up the day of and participate. Here is the class code for those who haven't signed up yet : 4lo3n5x

Grad Pictures with Lifetouch

Please click here to access the latest Strathmore High School 2022 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: Feb 28th - March 4th, 2022

Location:  Civic Centre

Note: Please come to your appointment 10 minutes prior to start to complete your paperwork and get into the gown.  Book your appointment online at https://prestigeportraits.ca/. 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; the final appointment on March 4 is 11:15 am.  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 the day of your sitting which will last approximately 30 min. This 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, 2022. Click here to book appointment. 
  • 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.  NO PETS.  Keep your hair and make up natural, otherwise you may not like it.  Please do not wear glitter.  Your proofs will be mailed to you approximately three weeks after final photo date.

Grad Hoodie 2022

It is now time to order your Grad 2022 hoodie!!  
The hoodie this year is NAVY with sky blue/white graphics (as shown below).  There are sample sizes in the Learning Commons in S, M, L, & XL to try on.  The hoodies also come in youth sizes and up to 4XL if need be. Please be advised that youth hoodie sizes do not have a hoodie string.  If you require a size that is not available in the LC, please let Mrs. Galandy know, and she will do her best to source what you are looking for.  Please respect the sanitation protocols in place when trying on hoodies.   

The Process:

FIRST, you need to pay for your Hoodie through your School Cash Online account (cash will also be accepted at the front office).  Link:  https://goldenhills.schoolcashonline.com/ 

SECOND, order your hoodie using the Google form. The name on the back is optional. However, if you choose to add your name, please make sure your name is spelled correctly because this is how your hoodie will be ordered, we will not be spell checking student names.  You are required to reference your receipt number on this form. *No proof of payment, no hoodie, no exception.  Order form Linkhttps://forms.gle/D1RrJLkRsQwuNLMi8

THE DEADLINE FOR HOODIE ORDERS IS DECEMBER 1st AT NOON.  Any orders after noon on December 1st will cost substantially more.   Please be advised that there is no guarantee that hoodies will arrive before Christmas.  

If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to ask or stop in at Student Services and I will be happy to help you.

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

It’s that time of year, Grade 12’s!  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?  Voting for Senior Superlatives is now on! Check your school email, the SHS Facebook Page, or the Grad section on the school website for the link!  You can vote for whoever you want in as many categories as you choose. Ms. Riley forgot to put on the category for “Most Likely to Argue about it in Social Studies” at first, so if you voted on the first day, you can now go back in and pick somebody for that one!

Senior Quotes (to go under their yearbook portrait) and Senior Superlative voting is also opening up next week. I'll wait until Tuesday maybe so it's not everything at once.  Forms will be emailed to them and posted on their Grad Google Classroom for them to access until the end of the month. They need to make sure they're logged in with their school account or else they won't work.

 

What You Need to Know to Graduate

The presentation will include information on Getting to Graduation, Applying to Post Secondary, and Financing Post Secondary Education as well as events and procedures leading up to grad, grad photos and the outline for Graduation Day

Parent/Guardian Organized Event

Grad Gala tickets are on sale starting April 5th!
Tickets will be sold at SHS (inside the entrance) from 12:00pm to 1:30pm on the following dates -  April 5, 6, 7 & April 12, 13, 14 & April 26, 27.
Tickets are $25 each, payable by cash, cheque or e-transfer. 

Please let us know if you have any questions.

Supper - Tabatha Poole
Tabatha.fiset@gmail.com
403-901-3927

Safe Grad - Lesley Walker
Ldwalker5@outlook.com
403-325-0709

Safe Grad - Aerin Tower
Aerin.tower@gmail.com


Grad Yard Sign

Please note, that we as a committee are not organizing this but simply passing the information along. If these signs are something that you are interested in please follow the directions below,
Jenny Laycock from Phoenix Signs & Graphics will make these signs up. As individual orders. For a single-sided coroplast sign based on the 18"X24" with full colour picture and laminated the price would be $40.00. A double sided sign with all the same details as above will cost $55.00.  Sign costs include the step stake. At least one week notice is required to prepare the signs. DO NOT WAIT!!! Interested parents need to send the photo that they want to use and the information that they would like to see on the sign to Jenny.Laycock@phoenixsigns.ca Jenny will provide a layout for you.