HKFB Graduation Exercises
Adopted: May 4, 1993
High school graduation requirements ensure students have the basic education they need to do well in their further studies and future careers. In order to graduate from high school and participate in graduation exercises, students must complete a full range of compulsory, core subjects as well as optional courses that broaden their knowledge and skills to meet provincial and district graduation requirements.
In order to graduate from high school and/or participate in graduation exercises students must meet, or be in the process of meeting the certification requirements prescribed by the Minister of Education and be in good standing with the school prior to the graduation ceremonies.
Diploma requirements are set by the Minister of Education and include 100 credits in compulsory and optional courses. Schools are required to provide 25 hours of instruction for each credit. Most high school courses are worth either three or five credits, and the average course load is 35 credits per year.
Diploma requirements must be met as per the provincial Guide to Education.
Should a student wish to improve his or her diploma examination mark, the student may do so by rewriting the examination at a subsequent scheduled administration. When a student rewrites a diploma examination, the student's transcript reports only the highest diploma examination mark, the highest school-awarded mark, and the highest final mark achieved within the current school year or the previous two school years.
It is the responsibility of students to pay all fees associated with provincial examinations.
It is the responsibility of Alberta Education to issue transcripts of marks and graduation certificates to students. Alberta Education may delay release of individual student marks for outstanding fees.
Certificate of High School Achievement: Students may earn a Certificate of High School Achievement according to the requirements outlined in the provincial Guide to Education.
Certificate of School Completion: The Certificate of School Completion in special education can be awarded to students with significant cognitive delays who are unable to achieve either a High School Diploma or a Certificate of High School Achievement. It is the responsibility of the principal to nominate eligible students for this certificate based on provincial eligibility criteria.
The graduation ceremony is a school-based responsibility and it shall be planned for the last week of the last month of the school year.
Principals are responsible for establishing guidelines for the participation of students in high school graduation activities. All activities planned must be pre-approved by the school principal.
It is the responsibility of students to ensure graduation requirements are met. Parents and students must be notified in advance if graduation requirements are not being met. Students who are ineligible to participate in the school’s graduation ceremony may appeal to the principal.
All funds raised to support graduation activities and ceremony must be used for the purpose the funds were raised and expenditures must be approved by the school principal.
Each high school’s graduating class is responsible for electing a Graduation Committee and Valedictorian, from the students eligible for graduation, to plan and organize the graduation ceremony in addition to inviting dignitaries. All activities must be under the supervision of teacher advisors.
The principal has the authority to withdraw any student who are graduating, Committee Members and/or the Valedictorian, in the event of a serious breach of school policy or conduct that is immoral or injurious to the well-being of others.