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September 28/17

Post-Secondary Institutions of BC Mini Fair in the Multi

October 3/17

UBC Fall School Visit

6:30 - 7:30 pm

November 1/16Applications open for OC Fall 2017 programs

​November 3/16

Note: New Date

​U of Alberta Student Advisor - at lunch in room 124
November 6/16

Okanagan College Annual Career Fair:  10:30am - 3:00pm

November 24/16



MAP Transition Plans are due

Students are scheduled  for appointments with Mrs.Robinson and the MAP Review Team to present their MAPs. Refer to the schedule on MAP website for your time slot. (not available yet)
All students are required to hand in a completed MAP on this day.  Grad Transitions is a Ministry Required program for all graduates. 

​McGill University

Counselling Centre at noon

November 30, 2016


Note: Date Change 

COBSS Applications Open/ Parent Information Night 

6:30PM in Room E10 (East Wing).  Students and parents attend this important information meeting if they want to apply for COBSS bursaries
1 application = eligibility to over 400 awards
December 6/16​Mount Royal University (Calgary) Student Advisor - Counselling Centre at noon

December 7/16



9:00am - 12:00 noon in the gym

There are no classes in the morning for Grade 11 and 12 students.  ALL graduating students have chosen a time to present their Graduation Action Plan to a panel. 
​Dec. 7/16

​An Evening with the University of VICTORIA


7-9:00PM at the Hotel Eldorado

Doors open at 6:30pm


Monday, Jan. 16/2017 - midnight

Closing Date for COBSS Online Application

Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017

COBSS Application due in Counselling Centre by 9:00AM

January 30 -

February 3, 2017

Grad Photos

Go to

Top of page, click where it says "Book a Photo Session".
A new page will open with a drop down menu.
Maximize this page to see all info – important!

Select your school and then select session – "Grad Portrait".
Calendar will open with available dates to choose from.

Choose your date and available appointment times will be shown.

Please note – additional later appointment times for same day may be found by clicking "Next" at the bottom of page.

Choose your time and click "Book it".

Book one appointment spot ONLY.

A new page will appear – fill in all required info to create your User ID, etc.
Disregard info requested for payment – sitting fee is to be collected when you come to the camera for your appointment – please bring $25 then.

Finalize your appointment.

The system will send you a confirmation email.
Ensure that you receive this email.
You will also receive a reminder email 24 hours prior to your appointment time.

If you need to cancel or change your appointment time (up to 24 hours prior to) you will need to log back in as a "returning user" to do this.

So you will need to remember your user ID and password!

March 7, 2017

Grad Photo Retakes in Room E10

The online appointment site is now live for grads that missed first time around and grads that wish to have a retake session.

Go to and click in top right corner where it says “Book a Photo Session”.

A new page opens – maximize the screen.

First drop down menu – choose your school.

Second drop down menu – choose “Grad Portrait”

Calendar opens – choose March 7th

Available appointment times will be shown – choose appointment time and follow instructions.

Ensure that you receive a confirmation email.

If you do not receive an email you have not completed the booking correctly.

February 28, 2017

7:00 - 10:00pm



Grad Variety Show & Silent Auction

For more information, please see attached:
A show performed by the grads for the enjoyment of parents and families.
This is the main fundraiser for all of the grad events to follow.  It is a very entertaining evening where the Grad class has the opportunity to showcase their talents and humour.  All students can volunteer to participate in either the Fashion Show segment or the Talent Show.  There is typically a mixture of music, dance, and skits put together and performed by the students.  Ticket sales have always been well worth the price of admission!  The silent auction partners with us this evening and is always loaded with great items.
TBA​Grad Write-up information deadline
Grad gowns handed out by last name on:

Dates: TBA


Grad gowns will be handed out in the Multi at lunch.

Please be sure to:

1) DO NOT IRON - steam or dampen and put in dryer on low

2) label the gown, hat and stole with student name

3) bring to the Rehearsal on a hanger.

4) Do NOT lose your tassle

May 27, 2018




Dinner Dance

Dinner and dance are at the Grand Hotel. 
5:00 pm Students meet at Dolphins for informal pictures with their family and friends. 
5:30 pm Parents proceed to a good viewing/photography location along the boardwalk as students begin to proceed along the boardwalk to the Grand Hotel Ballroom.
6:00 pm Doors open to Ballroom.  Parents and Grads find their assigned seat.
6:20 pm  MC Introduction and time to say Grace
6:30 pm  Dinner is served
7:30 pm  Grads Only assemble on dance floor for dance to begin
7:35 pm  Parent and Grad Dance (2nd dance) - arrange a meeting spot ahead of time!
11:00 pm  Dance Concludes


June 22, 2018



Grad Ceremonies Rehearsal

Bring your Grad Gown and hat (labelled with your name inside both) to the rehearsal.
4:00 pm  Students meet at the Evangel Church for a rehearsal of the Ceremonies.  This usually takes an hour and a half. 
6:00 pm  Rehearsal concludes


June 23/18



Garden Party

Hosted by: The Del Medico Family
Time: 11:00am - 12:30pm
Address: 938 Westpoint Drive
This is for graduating students only
where they are treated to a lunch prior to going to the Evangel Church for the Graduation Ceremonies.
Please arrange a ride to the garden party.  There is no parking available.
Busses will pick up the grads at the garden party at 12:30 to shuttle them to Evangel Church for1:00pm.
Every grad should ensure that they have a ride back home after the ceremonies.
Students are encouraged to wear casual dressy clothes to the garden party. Please note that what you wear to the party will be the clothes that you will wear under your graduation gowns.

June 23, 2018

Grad Ceremonies

1:00 pm  Students are bussed from the Garden party to the Evangel Church on the corner of Gordon and KLO.  Students then organize themselves for the Grad Ceremonies
2:00 pm  Grad Ceremonies begin.  This ceremony will take approximately 3 hours. 
7:00 pm  Students are then to meet back at the school to board the buses for Dry Grad Activities.   Please do not bring cell phones (cameras are OK).  Wear comfortable clothing suitable for the weather at the time.


Variety Show Information




All school sanctioned Grad activities, such as the Grad Fashion show, are considered extracurricular and as such all District and School policies apply. Any student caught breeching the District Drug and Alcohol policy or any other policy while taking part in these events will be dealt with according to district guidelines. Please refer to the OKM Student Agenda for specific details. Parents should also be aware that students who take part in unsanctioned grad activities do so at their own risk. These activities are not endorsed nor supported by the school and the school has had no part in ensuring student safety. 


 Note: grad “kidnappings” are unsanctioned activities. 

We have had some issues around students participating in unsanctioned grad activities and returning to the school. Again, students coming onto campus who are breeching district policy will be held accountable and dealt with according to district guidelines.  We all want our grads to have an awesome and memorable grad year but we will not compromise student safety. Thank you for your understanding and support of our shared commitment to the safety of our students.



        *Teacher sponsors run the Commencement Ceremonies and Dinner Dance with help from the Grade 11 parents. Their role during Tuesday Grad Council meetings is to listen and facilitate.  
 This year's teacher sponsor is:       Mike Dornian
 FEES: This year’s grad fees of $100 were included on your student’s fee schedule at the beginning of the year. If you have not paid yours, please pay on line ASAP.

Note: School fees/grad fees must be paid in full before dinner/dance tickets can be purchased.

How those grad fees are used…
$25 is for the Dry Grad function
$75 is administered by the school for:
• Rental costs of Evangel building for Grad Ceremonies• Purchase of academic gowns• Purchase of grad cap & tassel (Grads will keep)• Purchase of academic folder• Printing costs for certificates & programmes• Photos of award recipients at ceremonies• Individual 5 x 7 grad photo taken backstage at ceremonies