Grad Overview and Frequently Asked Questions

2017 Lester B. Pearson Grad Theme: “Party Like It’s 1999!!!” With many of our grads born in 1999, students chose the 2017 theme…

The goal of the Lester B. Pearson Staff is to have 100% of our students cross the stage during our ceremony when students are in Grade 12. In order to do so, students must meet or exceed graduation requirements established by Alberta Education. Our Student Services Team (Mr. Colvin, Ms. Olsen) will help students register in the correct courses. It is a student’s responsibility to successfully meet the course requirements to earn this privilege.

Students who do earn 100 or more credits, in the required courses, are granted the right to cross the stage in May AND have their graduation picture appear in the wall composite proudly displayed in our hallways. Some students do require additional time and may need to take additional courses through CBE Learn or Chinook Learning. ” High School Graduation” is attainable EVEN if students do not cross the stage during our ceremony.

2017 Ceremony:
Location: Stampede Corral
Date: Friday May 19th
Time: 9:30 am – 12:00 pm

Valedictorian: Congratulations to Karishma Akbari, Lester B. Pearson’s 2017 Valedictorian. We look forward to hearing your words of inspiration at the 2017 ceremony.

Please see Ms. Coco if you are interested in applying for this role. The application form is due at the beginning of the second semester on February 2nd. Academic standing, citizenship, community volunteerism inside and outside the school, speaking abilities, speech writing and references are all taken into consideration. Interested applicants will try out for the role in front of students and Pearson teachers.

Tickets are not required for this event. Rush seating does take place.

Students will begin lining up at 9:10 am. Families are asked to be seated so we can begin the ceremony on time.

2017 Graduation Dinner
Location: BMO Center (Stampede Grounds)
Palomino Room
Date: Friday May 19th

Tickets will be sold in April. Ticket prices in 2016 were $84 each, including GST, for a buffet dinner and dance. Grads must pay for a ticket. When the price for the 2017 event is known, it will be publicized. Grad is a “break even” event with no profits to the school. Tickets are required. All High School graduations serve non-alcoholic beverages only which are included in the $84 ticket price.

  • Tickets need to be paid for when ordered – there are a limited number of seats at the banquet!
  • Tables are of 8 people
  • Grads need to purchase a ticket as well
  • Parents and family are welcome at the banquet.
  • There are extra forms in the main office.

Parking at Stampede Park: $15.00 per entry or $20.00 for a day permit (cash or credit card). Families are encouraged to car pool and/or arrange to drop off for the evening banquet at the designated area in front of the BMO beside the “Stampede Casino”. Line-ups do get very long for parking at Stampede Park so please ensure you leave extra time for this possible challenge.

More details to follow in our upcoming grad newsletter.


Which teachers sponsor the Grad Committee? Please connect with teacher advisors throughout the 2016-17 school year as required.

Grad Theme: Whole Committee!

Ms. Coco: Grad Speakers, Evening Banquet Entertainment

Ms. White: Grad Spirit Week

Ms. Deschner aka Ms. Morris: Grad Clothing

Ms. Reimer: Banquet and Dinner ticket sales, DJ’s/first songs, Newsletters, Baby Photos Slide Show

Ms. Hornby: Grad Ceremony List, Video, Rehearsal, Ceremony

When will the Grad Committee begin meeting? Usually we start meeting in December with more regular gatherings closer to Grad. If a student would like to earn a speaking role at Grad (ceremony and/or dinner), they must regularly attend Grad Committee meetings. In 2016-17, we are meeting every Thursday in Room 2119.

What are the benefits of being on the Grade 12 “Ceremony Grad List”?
* I earn the right to walk the stage in May 2017.
* I will have my picture included in the yearbook and the wall composite.

How do I earn the right to be placed on the “Ceremony Grad List”?
I must prove I am able to earn a High School Diploma: 100 credit minimum including Grade 12 English, Grade 12 SS, Grade 11 Science, Grade 11 Math, CALM, PE 10, 10 option credits, four courses at the Grade 12 level. Students must show evidence they will PASS (+50%) these courses by Friday April 21st, 2017.
Or the Certificate of High School Achievement: 80 credit minimum open to students registered in K and E courses. Students must show evidence they will pass (+50%) in these courses by Friday April 21st, 2017.

What happens if I fail a diploma course in the first semester?
I can:
a. register in an online course and show proof I have completed at least 50% of the course and that I am passing by Friday April 21st (see Guidance Counselor for support); or
b. apply to rewrite the diploma exam through the Main Office (paperwork is available at the front desk). It is my responsibility to apply for a rewrite.

When must I prove to Student Services that I have completed at least half of my courses and that I am passing all of them?
Friday April 21st, 2017
Students registered in courses at Lester B. Pearson will have completed over half of the course; Counselors have computer access to LBP course marks. Students in on-line or alternate courses must make an appointment to submit proof they have completed 50% or more of the course; they must also show proof they are passing the class.

When will the final “Ceremony Grad List” be posted?
Friday April 28th, 2017

Can a student be removed from the “Ceremony Grad List”?
Yes. If a Grade 12 student shows a sharp decline in attendance and/or grades with marks falling below 50%, they will not be allowed to walk the stage in May. Administration will contact the student and their families.

Can a student be added to the final “Ceremony Grad List” after Friday April 28th?
No. This deadline is required so we can order grad gowns and print the Grad program. All High Schools have a deadline before the actual ceremony to accommodate logistic issues.

Questions? Please see…
Primary conversations –> Grade 12 teachers.

Students at risk of not being on the Grad List:
A – K: Mr. Colvin, Mr. Papp
K – Z: Ms. Olsen, Mr. Tuff

Can I graduate from High School even if I do not walk the stage in May?

Of course! Some students require additional time to meet graduation requirements.

Can I make an appointment with Mr. Thalheimer, my Principal, to request an “exception” or “appeal” my omission from the list?
No. Mr. Thalheimer fully supports the parameters established by Alberta Education. He does want every Grade 12 student to walk the stage in May. At the same time, Mr. Thalheimer recognizes this is a privilege students must earn by meeting or exceeding graduation requirements. The LBP Staff conscientiously works with students for three years to help our learners earn this recognition.

It is a student’s responsibility to check the “Ceremony Grad Lists”. They will be published several times during the year. See them posted outside of Student Services.

Thank-you to Carman Lim, a member of the 2016 graduating class, who spent countless hours generating a long term memory for her fellow grads. She posted the video to “You Tube” so you can share the memories with your family and friends: 2016 Lester B Pearson High School Graduation Video. Grad Committee members, led by Mohit R., have begun collecting pictures for the 2017 video: