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Class of 2017 Graduation Newsletter

We are looking forward with excitement to the upcoming Eden High School Graduation Ceremony. This newsletter is to inform potential graduates and parents of the important dates and procedures regarding the requirements necessary to participate in the Eden High School Class of 2017 Graduation Ceremony. Students should listen to daily announcements and check our school website for additional information as it becomes available. We encourage parents to visit our school website as well at www.edenhigh.ca and click on the Graduation icon.


Students must meet the Graduation requirements set out by the Ontario Ministry of Education to receive the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD), or Certificate of Accomplishment (COA) for students in our Specialized School to Community program. Check the school website for the “What do you need to graduate?” requirements.

The first draft of the Potential Graduate List will be posted on Friday, May 5 on the Guidance bulletin board. An updated Potential Graduate List will be posted every Friday thereafter until June 9. Students must check the List and come to the Guidance Department if you have any concerns. Names will be removed from the Graduate List after exams if you have not met all the requirements for obtaining an OSSD. 

Graduation Ceremony

The 2017 Graduation Ceremony will be held on Thursday, June 29, 2017, at 7:00 p.m. at Central Community Church, 240 Scott Street, St. Catharines. Graduates should arrive no later than 6:30 p.m. We are expecting approximately 220 students to graduate this year. Parking may be a challenge. It would be helpful to organize car-pools. Additional parking can be found on the side streets across the street and west of the Church.

Graduation Ceremony Tickets

We celebrate the fact that many young people are graduating from Eden. Consequently, the space at our Grad ceremony will be tight. Graduating students will not require a ticket; however guests will require tickets. Instructions can be found by clicking on the Graduation tab on the Eden website, as to how to obtain up to 4 guest tickets using School Cash On-line. There will be no seats available without tickets. 

Grad Caps and Gowns

The majority of graduates have submitted forms for Cap and Gown. If you have not submitted your form please see Mrs. Ledwez in the Learning Commons. 

Graduate Celebrations

Graduates quite often organize and involve themselves in their own graduate celebrations. These student organized events can be fun and exciting while often contributing to the making of many fond memories. It is, however, important and prudent to point out that these extra social events are not officially sponsored by Eden High School or the District School Board of Niagara. For your information and decision making it is necessary to clarify this and emphasize that we do not fund, organize or supervise these student initiated activities.

Grad Pranks

Grad pranks are not supported at Eden. We sincerely hope that the mark you leave in your Senior Year at Eden is a positive one. Consequences for your actions can negatively affect you. Every choice has a positive or negative consequence and can affect you whether it’s going on to post-secondary or a career. It is hoped that upon graduation you are reflecting the leadership and the high standards for which Eden High School is known.

Graduation Awards

 Valedictorian Plaque  Specialist High Skills Major Award
 Outstanding Student Award  Lt. Governor Community Service Award
 Citizenship Awards  Student Success Award
 Principal’s Awards   Rotary Citizenship Awards
 Governor General’s Medal  Staff Bursary
 Memorial Awards  Parent Council Bursary
 Gold & Silver Medals  OSSTF Bursary

Many of Eden’s awards are based on character, integrity, and commitment to the core values of the school. The Awards Committee refers to the Student Profile Summary submitted by the potential grads, to select the recipients of many of the awards, scholarships and bursaries. The criteria for these awards are available on the school website.


 March 29  Student Profile Summary distributed in homeroom classes
 March 31  Student Profile Summary due (information used for granting awards)
 April 12  Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) presentation at 12:15 (sign up in Guidance)
 April 27  Midterm marks are uploaded to Ontario Colleges and OUAC (notify Guidance of any discrepancies)
 May 5  First draft of Potential Grads List posted on Guidance Bulletin Board (every Friday thereafter)
 May 29-31  Potential Graduates can pick up tickets for their guests in front of the cafeteria
 June 9  Last day to hand in Community Service Hour forms to Guidance
 June 9  Diploma Presentation Remarks Form due in Guidance (available on the school website) 
 June 29  Graduation Ceremony 7:00 pm. at Central Community Church (grads to arrive by 6:30 p.m.)

Message from Guidance

In preparation for post secondary, there will be an Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) presentation for interested students. The presentation will be on April 12 at 12:15 in the Library.  Students can sign-up for this presentation in the Guidance Department.

Community Service Hours need to be submitted to Guidance as soon as possible. Names will not appear on the Potential Graduates List until students have submitted their completed forty (40) hours of community service and handed in their form(s). The Community Service Hour forms are available in the Guidance Department and on the school website. Be sure to include the required signatures. 

Potential Graduates are encouraged to continue searching for scholarship and bursary opportunities on the DSBN website at www.dsbn.org/awards.

Those students who have applied to college or university should check their academic information on the Ontario Colleges and/or Ontario Universities Application Centre (OUAC) website, once midterm marks have been uploaded. It is important to contact Guidance immediately if you notice any discrepancies.

Be sure to finish strong as college and university offers are tentative and entrance scholarships are based on final marks. 

Graduation Questions?    

For graduation requirement questions, please contact the Eden Guidance Department.

For all other questions, please email edengradquestions@gmail.com