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Attention Grade 12s participating in the commencement ceremony on June 13: 

Tickets are NOW AVAILABLE for pick up in the guidance office. Come down during break time, lunch or after school to pick up your tickets. Do NOT leave class to pick up your tickets. 

We will also be confirming your name that will appear in the program as well as on your diploma if you are completing your OSSD. Please note that your legal name will appear unless you notify us otherwise. 

There are also Class of 2023 lawn signs for you to pick up in the guidance office. 

Finally, if you have not yet submitted your favourite memory, make sure you email Ms. Miminas—this will be read out during the commencement ceremony. 


Class of 2023—Important Information 

Commencement vs. Graduation 

2023 Cohort vs. Potential Graduate 

All grade 12 students who entered grade 9 in 2019 are known as the 2023 cohort or the Class of 2023. All grade 12 students of the 2023 cohort are eligible to participate in this year’s Commencement Ceremony to be held on Tuesday, June 13 at The Grand Olympia Banquet Centre. 

If you wish to participate in the ceremony, you must purchase a graduation gown—no students will be eligible to walk across the stage without a gown. 

There may be students participating in the Commencement Ceremony who have not met all their diploma requirements—and that is ok. While we encourage you to complete everything before the end of the year to receive your diploma, some students may be returning to Glendale in September to complete these requirements. Because your courses are not yet complete, there will be no awards presented at the Commencement Ceremony, nor will they be included in the distributed program.  

All the following requirements must be met in order to receive your Ontario Secondary School Diploma (which will be available for pick up in July): 

  • You must have earned a minimum of 26 credits by the end of semester 1 
  • You must be scheduled to take the remaining courses needed to complete the 18 compulsory credits and 12 optional credits for a total of 30 by mid-term semester 2 
  • You must have submitted documentation of 40 hours of community volunteer activities by May 1, 2023 
  • You must have successfully completed the Ontario Secondary School Literacy requirement or be scheduled to take the literacy course in semester 2. 

We are very proud of the commencement ceremony we provide for the Glendale community.  It takes countless hours of planning and preparation to run this event and requires funds as well.   

As a result, there is a fee of $60 which covers the expenses of the following:  

  • grade 12 student breakfast 
  • gown, cap and tassel purchase 
  • Commencement Ceremony program 
  • tickets and invitations 
  • music and flowers for the ceremony 
  • ceremony facility rental 
  • post-ceremony reception 

This price includes three guest tickets for each grade 12 student.  However, this year, because we have moved the location of the commencement ceremony, the number of guests you want to bring is unlimited—you just need to pay $5 for each additional ticket after the three already included.  Extra tickets will be available on April 26th at the Grade 12 Breakfast and will need to be paid in cash. Should you be unable to pay the fee in full or part, please contact Ms. Miminas in the Student Services department or call 905-560-7343 ext. 4659. 

Class of 2023 Checklist 

Task  Due Date  Notes 
Graduation photos appointment  March 6-10 & 20-24—bookmygrad.ca 


Booked online through Edge Imaging; need to have a grad photo taken to be included in the grad composite; placed in grad folder with diploma; sitting fee is $35 
Order grad gown and pay grad fee   April 1—April 21 

last day—NO EXCEPTIONS! 

A gown must be worn in order to participate in the ceremony; all payments must be made through school cash online $60 
Student survey, awards and scholarships—students will self-nominate through Form  April 11—April 21 



Grade 12 Student Survey and Awards profile forms are available through the HUB and will be sent via email—while everyone can participate in the ceremony, awards are only for students receiving an OSSD in June 

Valedictorian nominations  April 5-12  Nomination forms will be available through Ms. Miminas—must be a student receiving their OSSD 
Ticket sales for PROM  on sale NOW Tickets will be sold for $65 through school cash online–see Mrs. Gilchrist for more info 
Grade 12 assembly and breakfast  April 26—period 2  Assembly in the cafeteria for commencement info and valedictorian speeches; breakfast to follow 
Valedictorian speeches and voting  April 26  Speeches will take place in the cafeteria and voting will take place in the main office at lunch after the speeches 
40 hours of community involvement  May 1  All completed community involvement hours must be submitted to the Guidance Office 
Prom Project  April 29 At Sir Winston Churchill; 9-4 pm and by appointment only; listen to announcements for more information
Commencement Ceremony  Tuesday, June 13 

TIME: for students at 5 pm 

START TIME: for guests 6 pm 

CEREMONY!! To be held at Grand Olympia—includes 3 guest tickets; additional tickets are available at $5 each and can be purchased on April 26th in cash at the grad breakfast and on school cash online–TICKETS ARE SOLD OUT!
PROM!!  Monday, June 26 PROM will be held at Waterfront Centre; 

Behaviour Expectations and Guest Contract has been sent via email to all grade 12 students


Class of 2023–Important Information

Commencement Ceremony for all Grade 12s in the 2023 cohort: 

  • Tuesday, June 13 
  • Grand Olympia Banquet Centre, Fruitland and Barton Streets
  • Students arrive at 5:00 and go to the Niagara Room downstairs
  • Organized alphabetically where you will receive your cap and gown
  • Volunteers will help you get in order
  • Doors open at 5:30 for guests–only those guests with tickets will be allowed entrance
  • There are no additional tickets avaiable–we are at the maximum capacity for the hall
  • Ceremony is scheduled to begin at 6:00 pm

Grade 12 Reminders: 

  • Hand in your Community Involvement Hours ASAP 
  • All grade 12s can participate in commencement ceremony 
  • Students qualifying for the OSSD will receive their diplomas in July 
  • If you are not qualifying for an OSSD yet, you will be returning to Glendale in September 
  • Complete the two forms for awards and destination information


  • Monday, June 26
  • more details to follow 


  • congrats to OWEN MARTIN!

What do I need to graduate?

  • 30 credits
  • OSSLT (successfully complete the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test or Course)
  • 40 volunteer hours

For more information, please make an appointment to see your counsellor.

Click on the link to see the specific requirements for an Ontario Secondary School Diploma

Ontario high school graduation requirements




Updated on Friday, June 02, 2023.
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