Miller Comprehensive High School
Grade 12 Banquet & Dance Information
GRADUATION mass &exercise INFORMATION
STATEMENTS OF POLICY AND PROTOCOL
Regina Roman Catholic Separate School Division No. 81
The Board favours high school graduation exercises for all students who are in a position to
complete the provincial and school division high school requirements at the end of the current
school year. Graduation exercises are to reflect the spiritual and the academic aspects of Catholic
Graduation Exercises - Administrative Protocol
1. The principal shall assure that each Grade 12 student is made aware of the requirements for
graduation eligibility at the beginning of his/her graduating year.
2. To be eligible to participate in graduation exercises, the student must be able to complete
the provincial requirements for Grade 12 standing at the end of the current school year and
must have completed Christian Ethics 30 or be currently enrolled in the class and, in the
opinion of the principal, doing satisfactory work in classes in order to participate in
3. Each high school shall inform graduands and parents/guardians about the policy and
protocol regarding high school graduation exercise participation prior to April 1.
4. Each high school shall provide graduands and parents/guardians all necessary information
regarding graduation activities that are part of the school's planned program.
5. Parents shall also be advised that any other activities related to graduation do not have the
approval of the school or the School Board. A letter from the Board to parents of graduands
about graduation activities addresses this.
6. Schools should attempt to hold graduation exercises at a time outside the regular school
day. If they are held during a school day, they may not begin before 1:00 p.m.
7. Graduation exercises should be self-sustaining. Graduation fees should pay for all related
costs. Principals are to alert graduation organizers about issues of student and family
8. The celebration of Mass is to be held in close proximity to graduation.
9. Each high school shall develop and conduct a program emphasizing safety and due
diligence in all activities related to graduation.
10. High school principals should provide guidance and advice to parent committees planning
after graduation activities for graduands and their guests.
1. Students must acquire a minimum of twenty-four (24) credits overall at the Secondary Level.
These requirements are detailed in the student handbook.
2. Graduation eligibility lists will be updated and posted shortly after the beginning of Semester
II. It is the responsibility of each student to ensure his/her name is on the list, and to verify the
spelling of his/her name.
3. In keeping with school division policy, we at Miller High School believe that a student's
academic achievement should be recognized in a Catholic atmosphere. This belief will be
manifested at the graduation mass and the graduation exercises.
4. If the students and parents wish to have a grade 12 banquet and dance, Miller High School will
organize them. However, all after-grad activities are the responsibility of the parents.
5. We strive to keep costs reasonable and affordable for all grade 12 students.
October Meeting of Parents – October 13, 7:00 pm in the Theatre
Graduation Photos – Completed on November 21st, 22nd, 23rd, and 24th.
Retakes January 16th at Lifetouch (contact Lifetouch at 949-8448 for additional information or for
February Updated Graduation Eligibility Posted
March Formation and meeting with Student Prom and Graduation Committee
Graduation Speech selection and nomination process begins
Updated Graduation Eligibility list posted
April April 16th, 17th and 19th
Grade 12 Formal/ Banquet ticket fee collection in the Theatre during the noon hour
May 15 Grade 12 Formal/Banquet ticket pick up at 1:00-1:30pm in Gym A (staff meeting day)
June 1 Grade 12 Formal Banquet and Dance – Delta Hotel 6:30 pm – Raphael Ballroom
Grade 12 Dance (immediately following the banquet) – 9:00 to 11:30pm
June June 6th, 7th and 8th Graduation Fee Collection and Mass/Exercise Ticket Distribution in
the Theatre during the noon hour
June 20 Graduation Rehearsal – occurs at 1:00pm in the Theatre. This is the first day of
course finalizations. Immediately following the first final, graduands will meet in the
June 26 Graduation Gown Pick Up 1:00 to 3:00pm – Conference Room (A145)
June 28 Graduation Mass and Exercises
Delta Hotel 1:00 pm
GRADE 12 BANQUET AND DANCE - FRIDAY JUNE 1st
Students enrolled in grade 12 during the 2011-2012 school year are eligible to attend the banquet.
Tickets can be purchased at noon in the theatre on April 16th, 17th and 19th. Students may purchase
up to 8 tickets (including their own ticket). The banquet and dance begins at 6:30pm and will finish
Semi-formal or formal dress is appropriate for this event.
BANQUET & DANCE - TICKETS AND RESERVATIONS
Each Grade 12 student is entitled to eight banquet tickets. This includes the grade 12 student's own
ticket. The cost is $40.00 per person.
PLEASE COMPLETE THE TICKET ORDER FORM AND BRING THE FORM ALONG
WITH YOUR PAYMENT TO THE THEATRE ON April 16th, 17th and 19th BETWEEN 11:50
AND 12:50 (LUNCH HOUR). Receipt will be given at time of payment (ticket distribution will
occur in GYM A on May15th from 1:00 to 1:30pm as it is a staff meeting day)
TICKET ORDER FORM (RETURN WITH PAYMENT)
Number of Banquet tickets required (Maximum 8)
($40.00/person including grade 12 student)
If you have special requests, please complete the appropriate request(s):
Name of second group with whom you wish to share a table (maximum 8 at the
table):________________ (this blank is for two groups that total 8 or less and wish to share a table)
Name of group(s) you would like your table to be situated near:____________________________
*Please note: The banquet committee will make every effort to seat each group near their
requested group(s) – However, the committee cannot guarantee that all requests will be able to be
Those students that are required to give a speech at the banquet will have their tables situated for
a quick and easy transition to the podium.
GRADUATION MASS AND EXERCISES – Thursday June 28th
All graduands will need to arrive at 12:15 p.m. to the Campana Room at the Delta Hotel. No
one, other than graduands, will be admitted to this room. Food, drinks, and gum are not
allowed. Graduands should have their caps & gowns with them. Before lining up, the
graduands will be photographed as a group in their caps and gowns. Following the picture, the
graduands will line up according to the instructions given by the teacher organizer. Graduands
are encouraged not to bring any personal items such as cell phones, hair dryers, curling irons,
iPods, money, etc.
12:15 pm the doors will open to the public. Admission to the Mass/Exercises will be by ticket
only (including children and babies). Seats are available on a first-come basis. Rows will be
designated at the front for graduands and special guests.
At 1:00 pm the graduands will enter and proceed to the assigned seat. Once you reach your
seat, you will notice a card with your name on it. Keep this card because you will present it to
the MC when you are called to the podium.
Graduands must return their gowns within 20 minutes following the ceremonies to the
designated teacher. If the gowns are not returned to our staff on this day, all
responsibility for shipping costs will be assumed by the student in question.
DRESS REQUIREMENTS (Mass/Exercies)
The academic dress worn to the mass/exercises by the graduand consists of a black gown; a red, white
and navy v-stole and a black cap with red, white and navy tassels. The gowns are rented and the caps
are purchased as a memento. The cost is included in the graduation fee. We ask that all graduands wear
appropriate clothing under the gowns (boys may wear a shirt and tie, dress pants and dress shoes, but
NOT shorts of any kind. Girls may wear either a dress, or a top and dress pants and dress shoes – no
flip flops for anyone please).
Caps and gowns will be worn during the graduation mass and exercises, and MUST be picked up
at the school on Tuesday June 26th in Room A145 (Conference Room) between 1:00 pm & 3:00
pm. This is the last day of final assessments.
Rehearsal- All graduands MUST attend the rehearsal assembly. This rehearsal is absolutely essential
and its importance cannot be overemphasized. We will assume that students who do not attend the
rehearsal will not be attending the graduation ceremonies. Any absence from this rehearsal must be
cleared in advance with the vice-principal and graduation committee. The rehearsal will take place on
Wednesday, June 20th at 1:00pm in the Theatre. This is the first day of course finalizations. The
rehearsal will take approximately one hour.
A Graduation fee of $90.00 includes:
Cap and gown rental, rental of materials, printing of programs, printing of
invitations, printing of certificates, graduation exercise tickets, art legacy,
liturgical costs and miscellaneous/guests
Fees for graduation will be collected at noon in the theatre on June 6th, 7th and 8th during the
lunch hour (11:50 to 12:50 pm) in the Theatre.
Payment may be made by cash or cheque made payable to Miller High School.
* Please note – All outstanding school fees must be paid before acceptance of graduation fee.
FEE AND INVITATION ORDER FORM (RETURN WITH PAYMENT)
Name of Student _________________________________________________
(Please print – first and last name)
Graduation Fee $90.00 ($90.00 cash or $90.00 cheque made out to Miller High School)
Please circle method of payment CASH CHEQUE
Number of Exercise seats required (Maximum 8– no extra charge for these tickets)
1. VALEDICTORIAN & SALUTATORIAN (given at Exercises/Mass)
The role of the VALEDICTORIAN is to serve as the representative voice of the entire graduating
class. This position should be looked upon as an honour. The SALUTATORIAN, also an honoured
position, has the responsibility of welcoming everyone to the graduation. This student acts as a
representative on behalf of the graduands.
Each year, eligible graduands choose a student to be their valedictorian. The valedictorian is a student
with good academic standing who has contributed to the life of the school in many ways.
Procedure for selecting a Valedictorian and a Salutatorian.
Any student who is graduating and who has a minimum average of 75% in the following subject areas:
CHRISTIAN ETHICS 30, ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS A30, ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS B30, SOCIAL
STUDIES 30 and the next best THREE taken in the Grade XII year
The average will be calculated after Report Period 5 in Semester II.
Nomination and Election
Any student who is eligible to graduate in June may nominate candidates for the position of
valedictorian. As well, only graduating students are eligible to participate in the voting
procedures for these positions. The student receiving the most votes will be the valedictorian,
whereas the student who receives the second highest number of votes will be the salutatorian.
The nomination process for these positions will run during April with the voting and selection
process completed by the end of April. Nomination forms will be available in Student Services
or from a Student Graduation Committee Member.
The valedictorian and salutatorian must have their speeches approved by the school
administration and presented to the speech committee by the end of May. In the event that the
speeches are not completed to present to the committee someone else may be selected. All
speeches must be rehearsed with the appointed teacher(s).
2. OTHER SPEECHES (given at Grade 12 Formal Banquet)
All students enrolled in grade 12 courses have the opportunity to complete applications/nominations
for speeches for the Grade 12 Banquet. If a Grade 12 student is interested in delivering one of these
speeches, or nominating someone to give a speech he/she must pick up a nomination form from
Student Services or a member of the Student Graduation Committee. Nominations need to be in by
Friday, April 20th. Selection and voting will occur following this deadline. All toasts and other
speeches need to be approved by the administration. We require speakers for the following:
Toast to the Parents (a grade 12 student)
Reply to the Toast (a parent)
Toast to the Faculty & Staff (a grade 12 student)
Reply to the Toast (staff member)
Toast to the Grade 12 Class and Farewell (a grade 12 student)
Cap and Gown Photographs at School
Portraits - Lifetouch Canada will be taking graduation photos at the school on November 21st, 22nd, 23rd
and 24th. Sign up for a picture session is on-line. The sitting fee is $30.00 and is due at the time of the
photograph. Students do have the opportunity to have casual pictures and pictures with friends taken
but these photos sessions should be booked outside of the regular school day. Retakes for those that
need retakes or anyone that did not have their picture taken in November are Monday January 16th at
Lifetouch. For additional information and ordering please contact Lifetouch at 949-8448.
There will be an opportunity to take two group pictures. The first picture will be of the grade 12 class at
the Grade 12 Formal Banquet. The second picture will be of the graduands in their cap and gown (taken
before the Mass/Exercises). These photos are taken by Lifetouch and order forms will be made
Graduation/Grade 12 Awards
The Leadership awards listed below will be presented at the graduation exercises.
Archbishop’s Award Archbishop Daniel Bohan
Award of Excellence Mr. B.J. Grebinski
Catholic Leadership Award Regina Catholic Schools
Gary J. Selinger Humanitarian Award Mrs. L. Selinger
George Smith Memorial Award Mrs. H. Smith
Honourable J. McIntyre Award Regina Catholic Schools
Indigenous Student Achievement Award Regina Catholic Schools
J.P. Miller Award Reverend Monsignor Kenneth E. Miller
Knights of Columbus Achievement Award Knights of Columbus Council #1247
Miller Staff Award Miller Staff
Santo Nino Council Award Santo Nino Council #12415
School Spirit Award Regina Catholic Schools Teachers’ Association
Sisters of Our Lady of the Missions Award Regina Catholic Schools
Shannon Cronin Memorial Award The Cronin Family
Student Achievement Award (Alternative Program) Pearl Shymko/Darlene Solie
The faculty of Miller Comprehensive High School votes on these awards. Teachers may nominate
students. Students also have the opportunity to submit a written profile outlining their involvement in
extracurricular, school, leadership and parish related activities so that they can be considered for these
awards. Priest or parish worker references are required for awards that consider parish involvement.
Guidance counsellors will visit Grade 12 classes in early March to inform student about the leadership
awards and the written profile.
The Honour Roll consists of Major Honour Awards and Honour Awards. A Major Honour Award is
presented to a student who has achieved an academic average of 90.0% or higher. An Honour Award is
presented to a student who has achieved an academic average between 80.0% and 89.9%. Exact
Honour Roll criteria for each program and grade level can be found in the Miller Student Agenda Books.
Credits earned at Miller, through on-line courses, or at a high school from which a student transfers can
be used in the calculations.
Top Academic Awards: Sponsored By:
Chancellery of Canadian Order & Decoration Governor General’s Academic Medal
Academic Proficiency Award Regina Catholic Schools
Top Academic Student (Modified Courses) Grads of 1988
Band Musicianship Award Mrs. Joyce Ray.
Biology Mr. Brian Selinger
Advanced Placement Calculus Catholic School Community Council
Chemistry Mr. Richard Flegel
Ken Danylczuk Choral Award Mrs. Lorna Klein
Miller Choral Musicianship Award Mrs. Corinne Pirot
Miller Vocal Jazz Musicianship Award Mrs. Corinne Pirot
Christian Ethics The Family of Frank X. Rink
Construction Mr. Dean Kuz
Commercial Cooking Award Canadian Culinary Federation – Regina Branch
Communication Media Catholic School Community Council
Cosmetology Ms. Sandra Mann
Senior Esthetics Best Buy Esthetics
Senior Drama Mrs. Alice Parkinson
English Language Arts Mrs. Brenda Schuett
English Language Arts (Modified Courses) Regina Catholic Schools
Advanced Placement English Language Arts Mrs. Maura Thompson
Marjorie Gunn English Award The Family of Marjorie Gunn
Law Howard Knight Insurance
Mathematics Mr. Andrew Grzesina
Music Fine Arts Department Yr. 2000
Native Studies Regina Catholic Schools
Physical Education Mr. Wayne Kartusch
Physics Mr. Emil Lulik
Psychology 30 Miller Student Services
Advanced Placement Psychology Mrs. Patrice Krueger
Social Studies Mr. Bernie Ripplinger
Visual Art Mr. Wilf Perreault