There is a good reason they call these ceremonies "commencement exercises." Graduation is not the end; it's the beginning. ~Orrin Hatch This is a very special event for the 2015 graduating class, DSSS staff and your family You are representing the achievements of students at Suzuki with many special guests in attendance FORMAL CELEBRATION that has associated with it a high level of maturity and respect for one another’s achievements
Requirements to Attend Commencement ◦ 30 Credits 18 Compulsory (4 English + 3 Math + 2 Science etc.) + 12 Optional NOTE: If you are short one or more credits by June 2014 you will not be allowed to go across the stage this year ◦ 40 Hours of Community Service SUBMITTED By May 1 st Submit Early to ensure your activities are approved ◦ Met the Literacy Requirement Pass the Literacy Test OR the OLC course by June 2015 If you have any questions about the requirements please see Ms. MacGregor in Student Services.
Check school website, guidance department, and listen to announcements for any updates.
Grad Payment of $25 This covers Gown Package, 4x6 photo and Entrance to Grad Reception You’ll get to keep the cap and gown. The photo can be picked up following the ceremony. Gown Distribution June 25 th during Report Cards/Exam Review Day Starting Monday (Feb 23) until Feb. 27 th we need your SIZES and $25 Grad Payment - Outside Math Pod (2 nd Floor)
Student Involvement Award Includes: Athletics Girls or Boys Basketball Team, Rugby Team, Hockey Team, Ultimate Frisbee Team, etc. Arts Dance Company, Band, Art Club, Drama Club, etc. Activities Robotics, Chess Club, Team Unbreakable, Library Helpers, Eco Club, etc. If you are unsure, look in your yearbook for all the activities that occur in our amazing school
Students Role: ◦ You will need to ask teachers to fill out the form and bring back to Ms. Stokes in the Student Support Office (1 st Floor Music Hallway) Due: Upon completion (ASAP) Deadline: Friday, May 1 st, 2015 ◦ You will need to go back through all your grades and visit all the teachers who ran the activities you participated in. NOTE: If you do not complete this process you will not be considered for the Student Involvement Award.
Staff Nominations: mid April Student Voting: June 3-4 th on your lunch in atrium Official Valedictorian Announcement: June 5 th at the Grad Reception Attributes ◦ Honours student ◦ Involvement within the school and community ◦ Positive role model ◦ Consistently demonstrates the Peel Character Attributes Who to see with any questions or concerns with the role: Ms. Brennan in the Moderns Office
You will receive your invitation around May 22 nd If you do not meet the Ontario Secondary School Diploma requirements, you will be notified by June 25 th at the latest. You will be able to bring up to 2 guests to the Commencement. Please bring back any tickets you will not be using to the Guidance Office so that other families can use those tickets.
Dress Code: Semi Formal No hats, appropriate use of cell phones (ex. No texting during ceremony) Please remain seated and stay for the entire presentation (Please inform your guests as well) There is an area outside the theatre where people can watch from the Live Feed Please follow the direction given by the MC Guests and Graduates must arrive on time Start Time: 10:00 a.m. (arrive 9:15 a.m. to pick up V-Stole and assemble in the auditorium which is separate from the theatre)
When: June 5 th, 2015 in the Café The Grad Reception is a celebratory event for graduating grade 12's, food will be served with a grad gift Valedictorian will be announced Cost: Included with the gown payment If you have any questions about the event please see Mr. Bains/Ms. Liapis in the Business Office
◦ Grad Payment – STARTS MONDAY! Feb. 23 – Feb. 27 (2 nd Floor Hall) ◦ 40 Hours Due May 1 st (Student Services) ◦ Awards Form Due May 1 st (1 st Floor Support Office) ◦ Invitations Will be handed out around May 23 rd ◦ Valedictorian Voting June 3-4 th on lunches ◦ Grad Reception June 5 th 2015 ◦ Ceremony June 26 th 2015 at 10:00 a.m. start Arrive early 9:15 a.m. (TELL YOUR GUESTS)
Friday May 29, 2015 Doors open at 6:00pm Dinner at 7:00pm Concluding at 11:30pm
Students’ behaviour before and during the Formal must meet the expectations of the school’s Code of Conduct. Any inappropriate behaviour, including students in possession or under the influence of alcohol or illegal drugs, will result in school-based discipline including suspension and removal from the event. ◦ Should this occur, parents/guardians will be required to pick the student up from the Prom venue.
All prom attendees must provide contact information for his or her parent or guardian. DSSS’ student behaviour expectations also apply to any guest attending the event. Upon arrival, students will be subjected to a search to ensure a safe event for everyone. ◦ Teachers, administration, and police officers will be present. ◦ Students will be required to present photo identification to enter the event. (i.e. Student Activity Card).
1. MADD Assembly: Tuesday March 3, period 2. ◦ All students must attend assembly and sign the attendance sheet to confirm they have seen the presentation. ◦ Should a student miss the assembly, the student will be required to watch the video recording of the same presentation. ◦ This requirement will be confirmed before ticket purchase. 2. Community Hours (40 Hours) – must be submitted to guidance for May 1 st in order to attend.
3. Complete the Prom Permission Form – permission form is due at the time of ticket purchase. 4. Guest Application Form – if you are planning on bringing a guest to prom, please have them complete this form in order for you to purchase a ticket for them. *The forms are up on the school website. Currently students can find them as a “What’s New article”. The forms are also posted in the “Forms section” in the left hand green section on the website.
Tickets will be sold the 1 st half of lunch periods 3 & 4. March 4 th to 13 th tickets will be sold for $85 per person April 7 th, 9 th, 14 th, and 16 th (and thereafter) tickets will be sold for $90.
Co-op students may purchase tickets on: Tuesday, March 10 th and March 31 st for $85 Tuesday, April 14 th (and thereafter) tickets will be sold for $90. All ticket purchases are non-refundable and non-transferable. No independent ticket sales or exchanges are allowed. Only cash will be accepted as payment.