FOR THE MOST UP-TO-DATE INFORMATION ABOUT GRAD 2019, please visit the Grad 2019 Website (link : )

Graduation Assemblies

Grade 12 students receive crucial information about graduation, post-secondary opportunities, and scholarship information at Graduation Assemblies. Grad assemblies are mandatory, and attendance will be taken.

At the assembly in late November students will be notified if they are still in a position to graduate and able to participate in grad activities.  It is very important for students in Grade 12 to attend all the grad assemblies.

Assemblies will be announced at least one week in advance through the daily announcements and on the school website under News and Events at Upcoming Events and on the school’s online Calender.

Graduation Newsletter

Parents and Guardians – look out for our GRAD NEWSLETTERS which will include all the details about Grad.  They will be emailed home and sent home with your kids in November, February, April and May.

Post-secondary Opportunities

  • Our BC Post-Secondary Visit Day will be Tuesday Nov. 13 in the morning
  •  UBC will be visiting Oct. 30 – location and time TBA
  • McGill will be visiting Nov. 6 – location and time TBA
  • Discover UVic provides an opportunity for students in Grades 11 and 12 to learn about our academic programs and support services while experiencing our campus for yourself.

Grad Pictures

  • Grad photos will be taken On Dec. 3-7 (sign up details will come out 4-5 weeks prior). Retake dates will be in the new year.
  • Students will receive their graduation portrait in the folder handed to them during the recognition ceremony.  Students who miss their Grad photo date will be handed a blank folder during the ceremony.  Students must sign up in front of the office closer to the picture date.
  • Students must have a graduation portrait taken if they want their photo to be included in the school yearbook.  There is no charge for this single portrait and all students are encouraged to make sure they have one taken during Grad Photos.

Grad Planning Class

  • The Grad Planning class is a 4 credit course where students help plan events connected to graduation.  Students can still add this course to their timetables by meeting with a counsellor.  All students are welcome to meetings!
  • See GRAD 2019 website about joining the Google Classroom.

Graduation Events

  • The Grad Winter Ball will take place December 20, 2018 (tentative date)
  • The Grad Ski Trip  is Feb. 24 – 26
  • The Graduation Recognition Ceremony will be held Monday, June 3, 2019 at 6:45 pm at the University of Victoria Auditorium.  For more details check the Grad Newsletters.
  • The Aboriginal Graduation Recognition Ceremony will be held at the Songhees Wellness Centre  on TBD.
  • The Graduation Dinner & Dance will be held at the Ward Room, CFB Esquimalt on Saturday, June 8, 2019 starting at 5:00pm.
  • All Grads should join the GRAD 2019 Remind Group – details at Mrs. Hoffman’s office

Grade 12 students are eligible to take part in the Graduation Recognition Ceremony if they are in a position to graduate*, have paid the Graduation Recognition Ceremony cost**, in good standing academically and and have attended the graduation information assemblies and rehearsals.

Note: No one will be denied the opportunity to attend the Graduate Recognition Ceremony due to economic hardship. The Graduation Dinner/Dance is an optional activity with an additional cost (approx cost: $90.00)

*80 Credits after Term 3 Report Cards

**$40.00 which covers: University facility, gown rental and certificates.

Graduation Transition Plan

Graduation Transitions is a requirement for all BC secondary students and is intended to prepare students for a successful transition to life after secondary school. In order to meet this goal, Graduation Transitions encourages students to take ownership of their own health and learning, examine and demonstrate connections between their learning and their future, and create a plan for their growth and development as skilled, healthy, knowledgeable, participating citizens.

Components of Graduation Transitions:

1. Personal Health (Daily Physical Activity)
2. Community Connections
3. Career and Life

Students are introduced to Graduation Transitions in Planning 10. The Planning 10 course will provide numerous activities to support the Graduation Transitions program and facilitate document completion. Many other courses and extra-curricular activities offered at Esquimalt High School are designed to meet one or more of the Prescribed Learning Outcomes (PLO’s) for Graduation Transitions.

Detailed course descriptions can be found in our course guide.