Graduation

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

GRAD is Saturday, May 27th, 2023

 

Graduation Details

Grad 2023 Presentation

SHS supports two main events for graduation. 

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

There will be two Afternoon Ceremonies on May 27th. 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 Art room on the Grad bulletin board.  Doors are open 45 minutes before the start time of each ceremony.

Evening Ceremony

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).  The cost per guest tickets is $15 and you may purchase up to 6 tickets.  

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'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.

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


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  (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

Mrs. Davidson will be adding information to this in the new year.

Grad Write-Ups

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 2023" will be said. 

Grad Pictures with Lifetouch

Please click here to access the latest Strathmore High School 2023 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 27th - March 3th, 2023

Location:  Civic Centre

Note:  Book your appointment online at https://prestigeportraits.ca/. 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. 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. 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 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:https://goldenhills.schoolcashonline.com/ 

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:   https://forms.gle/S56PDCWzkUF9TpbH9

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. 

Senior Quotes (to go under their yearbook portrait) and Senior Superlative voting will begin in the months before Grad.   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.