Even if you are on the right track you will get run over if you just sit there
— Will Rogers

Commencement vs. Graduation

Though often used interchangeably, the terms commencement and graduation refer to two separate events.  When we gather at Revolution Place in May, we will be celebrating the work that you have accomplished at the Composite High and wishing you best of luck at the beginning (the commencement) of your life outside of secondary school.  

The commencement event is a time for teachers, administrators and parents to join your excitement and congratulate you on your academic accomplishment.  It is also a time for the school to pay special tribute to a few individuals who have demonstrated outstanding merit. 

Graduation, on the other hand, is the process of satisfying the academic requirements set out by the Alberta Board of Education.  There are still classes, assignments and tests that need to be completed following the commencement ceremony and failing to do so may jeopardize your opportunity to graduate.