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Commencement tickets will be available for pick up on Monday, May 13 in the guidance office. Please try and come during period 4 and speak to Ms. Dubec and Ms. Iossifidis. Only students who have indicated they are participating in the ceremony have access to these tickets. You are entitled to three tickets.

Grade 12 students who are interested in purchasing additional tickets for the commencement ceremony (up to 5 additional tickets only), can do so starting Tuesday, May 21 in the guidance office. We will only be accepting cash (additional tickets will NOT be available through School Cash Online) since we need to be able to keep track of the number of tickets we have sold. Tickets are $5 each.

If you have any questions, come down to guidance.


Class of 2024—Important Information 

Commencement vs. Graduation 

2024 Cohort vs. Potential Graduate 

All grade 12 students who entered grade 9 in 2020 are known as the 2024 cohort or the Class of 2024. All grade 12 students of the 2024 cohort are eligible to participate in this year’s Commencement Ceremony to be held on Tuesday, June 25th 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, 2024 
  • 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
  • professional photo of student crossing the stage
  • music, flowers and decor 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, you may invite other guests (maximum of 5)—you just need to pay $5 for each additional ticket after the three already included.  Extra tickets will be available in May. 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 2024 Checklist 

Task  Due Date  Notes 

Graduation photos appointment 

March 4, 5, 6


code: 99GLNDL2852

This year we are using Pegasus School Images as our grad photo provider. Visit their website to book your spot and use the code provided–YOU MUST NOW CONTACT PEGASUS DIRECTLY TO TAKE ANY GRAD PHOTOS

Cost is $40.

Order grad gown and pay grad fee   FINAL DAY: April 22



A gown must be worn in order to participate in the ceremony; all payments must be made through school cash online $60–NOW CLOSED
Student survey, awards and scholarships—students will self-nominate through Form  end of day onMay 3

Check your email for the link!

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–NOW CLOSED
Valedictorian nominations  April 5-12 Nomination forms will be available through Ms. Miminas—must be a student receiving their OSSD 
Ticket sales for PROM  May Tickets will be sold for $80 through school cash online–connect with Mrs. Gilchrist for more information
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–CONGRATULATIONS TO VALEDICTORIAN ABBEY KEAYS!
40 hours of community involvement  May 1  All completed community involvement hours must be submitted to the Guidance Office 
Prom Project  April 13 At SWC, must register; listen to announcements for more information
Commencement Ceremony  Tuesday, June 25

TIME: for students–5 pm 

START TIME: for guests– 6 pm 

CEREMONY!! To be held at Grand Olympia—includes 3 guest tickets; additional tickets will be available at $5 each (up to a maximum of 5 extra)
PROM!!  Wednesday, June 26 PROM will be held at Winona Garden Estates; available through School Cash Online for $80, behaviour expectations and guest contract to follow

Class of 2024–Important Information

Commencement Ceremony for all Grade 12s in the 2024 cohort: 

  • Tuesday, June 25 
  • 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
  • Tickets will be available for pick up on Monday, May 13 to Friday, May 17 during period 4 in the guidance office
  • Additional tickets will be available for purchase on Tuesday, May 21–$5 each with a maximum of 5 additional tickets per student (only cash accepted)
  • 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–now closed


  • Wednesday, June 26
  • Winona Vine Garden Estates, Stoney Creek (Barton and Glover)
  • cost is $80 which includes dinner and dance
  • tickets available through School Cash Online or cash to Mrs. Gilchrist–up until June 3 (or sold out)
  • guest form needs to be completed and guests must be high school age
  • table list sign up will be available starting May 21


  • Congratulations to Abbey Keays!

What do I need to graduate?

  • 30 credits
  • OSSLT (successfully complete the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test or Course)
  • 40 volunteer hours
  • 2 elearning credits (you may opt-out of this requirement by completing and returning the form here: Elearning Opt Out Letter)

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 Thursday, May 09, 2024.
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