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Graduation Update- November 9

November 9, 2021

Parents and Guardians of Grade 12 Students,

Everyone at Chinook High School looks forward to celebrating your student’s high school graduation this spring! While this occasion is still many months away, we wanted families to be aware of some time sensitive information and a bit of information to help you better understand what to expect, what to remain flexible with and help you plan for the events.

Historically there have been two main activities for graduation here at Chinook; Gala in May and Convocation in June. The gala is a formal celebration of 13 years of schooling and is open to all grade 12 students. Convocation is another formal celebration marking the completion of the individual student’s Alberta High School graduation requirements and as such, only students who have met these requirements participate.

The graduating classes of 2020 and 2021 had their celebrations canceled or significantly impacted due to COVID. While we remain hopeful and optimistic that we will be able to move back toward more traditional graduation celebrations this year, we anticipate that there will likely still be some restrictions such as numbers, vaccine requirements and food services. As we move into the new year, we should have updated information to make more definitive plans that we will communicate with students and their families. For the time being, the following information are some action items that should be taken care of soon.

Graduation portraits with Lifetouch bookings are upon us! Professional grad portraits are set for November 29-December 17 for Chinook High School Students. These are booked directly online through Lifetouch at www.lifetouch.ca/southernalberta and are currently open to book. Many of our Chinook families take advantage of this opportunity to capture these special memories.  Students who choose to not to participate in graduation portraits or miss deadlines will have their regular grade 12 picture in the yearbook. Pictures are taken at the Lifetouch studio at 1021 3rd Ave S. For more information please call Lifetouch at 403-327-2658.

Next on the list are convocation fees. If you have not already done so, please find your students grad fees available online at School Cash Online. Fees are $55 and cover the costs of cap, gown, stole, tassel, and diploma cover. Convocation Fees need to be paid by no later than the end of January. Once we have a better idea of how we will be celebrating the gala, please know there will be ticket purchasing to attend this event.

Another ‘to- do’ item to get a jump on is having your student register for MyPass at https://www.alberta.ca/student-information-high-school-transcripts.aspx#jumplinks-1 . Through Alberta MyPass, students will be able to access their official transcript for post secondary applications, view diploma exam marks, register to rewrite diploma exams if required and most importantly, it is a means to verify your students address as this is where Alberta Education mails the official Alberta High School Diplomas.

I would like to also take this opportunity to remind families that should you have questions about graduation checks, whether your student is on track to meet graduation requirements, please contact your student’s advisor. We remind students often to check in with advisors early in the year and again after semester one is over. We are often able to find ways to make up any credits a student may be short if we have plenty of time.

And finally, a grad hoodie design has been selected and can be purchased through School Cash Online. All orders must be in by no later than November 29th! Please be sure to include size and colour!!!


Tara Cunningham

Vice Principal, Chinook High School

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Information Sheet

Chinook Graduation Information

Chinook High School hosts two separate events; the Grad Gala and Convocation. Students will have the opportunity to celebrate completing 12 years of school at the Grad Gala Banquet and Dance, which will be held on Friday, May 8th at the University of Lethbridge. All grade 12 students are welcome to attend this event. Convocation Cap & Gown ceremonies will be held on Friday, June 19th at Chinook High School. Students who meet the requirements for an Alberta High School Diploma are welcome to participate in the Convocation Ceremony.

Grad Gala Banquet & Dance

Grad Gala Banquet and Dance

Friday, May 8th at the University of Lethbridge

Mix & Mingle: 4:30 p.m., Grads announced at 6:00 p.m., dinner at 7:10 p.m.

  • Cost per person $55
  • Program (speeches and recognitions)
  • Dance to follow for all Grade 12 students, families and guests


Friday, June 19th at Chinook High School

•Grade 12 students who have met the requirements to receive a high school diploma can participate.

•All students will receive 6 Convocation tickets free of charge.

Grad caps and gowns will be available for pick-up on one day only, Wednesday, June 17th from 8am-12 noon. You must pick up your cap and gown that day, no exceptions.

Each graduate will receive six tickets for convocation at the time of cap and gown pick-up. If you do not need all six tickets, please leave the unwanted tickets in the basket in the pick-up room so that those who do need extra tickets will be able to use those tickets.

Grads need to be at the school by 3:15 pm to line up alphabetically by advisor group. Convocation begins at 4:00 p.m.

All textbooks and library books must be returned in order to pick up the cap and gown. Please ensure all school fees have been paid as well.

CAP AND GOWN               

Please try on your cap and gown as soon as you receive it. If there are any issues, please let us know ASAP.  

Please iron your gown and the stole on low heat.

You do not need to return the cap, gown or stole. They are yours to keep.


How do I order? Images will be posted online and the site will be communicated to the grads through a proof system. Your 5x7 handshake picture will be mailed direct, along with an information piece guiding them to the location of all the rest of the images.

If any grad has not been photographed by Lifetouch and wishes to have access to the site, please contact Lifetouch with your current mailing address so you can be added to the mailing database. If Lifetouch doesn’t have a current address for you, your image will be available for pick-up from the Lifetouch office where it can be picked up in September.

* IMPORTANT - Proofs and packages will be sent to the address provided when graduates registered for their formal portrait sitting. If you did not have a formal sitting please call or email our office to provide shipping information prior to convocation day: qwterritory@lifetouch.com or 403-255-5440.

If you have questions regarding your complimentary 5X7, additional orders or access to online ordering please call 1-800-505-9496.


Watch Chinook Convocation LIVE by following these steps: Go to www.youtube.com and search Chinook High School. You will be able to watch the Convocation ceremonies by selecting the video that reads LIVE NOW. Convocation is scheduled to begin at 4 p.m. on Friday, June 19th.


Alberta Education does not mail out diploma exam results or diploma statements. All information will be available to students on the Alberta Education myPass system where you can view and print diploma exam result statements, order transcripts, as well as view and print detailed academic reports (DAR). If you have not already created your personal myPass account you must pick up information in the office to get started now.


Parking is extremely limited and we encourage you to carpool if at all possible. Please do not park on the roundabouts or medians as your vehicle will be towed.