Graduation Information

Graduation Requirements

  • Completion of 30 (new) credits (including 18 compulsory) see chart below for specific details
  • Passing grade on the Grade 10 Literacy Test 
  • Completion of 40 hours of community service by May 1, 2021         ** see ministry update below

** For the 2020-21 school year, the ministry is revising the 40 hour community involvement graduation requirement so that students will not be adversely impacted by the ongoing challenges related to COVID-19.  For students graduating in the 2020-21 school year, the community involvement graduation requirement will be reduced to a minimum of 20 hours of community involvement activities.

All potential graduates should schedule an appointment with their guidance counsellor for the EXIT PLAN MEETING.

Ontario Scholars – students obtaining an average of 80% or greater in a minimum of six grade 12 courses are eligible to receive Ontario Scholar designation on their transcripts.

Download the Graduation Requirements PDF


2021 – Excellence Award Nomination Forms

Current Graduate Excellence Nomination Form

Faculty Member Excellence Nomination Form

Former Student Graduate Excellence Nominaton Form

Past Faculty Member Excellence Nomination Form


Grade 12 – 2021 Class Valedictorian 

Students interested in being considered for class valedictorian are asked to compele the application form below (see link).  Please send completed application to little-velianoua@hcdsb.org by Thursday, April 29, 2021.

2021 Valedictorian Application


Grade 12 – Grad Photos Grad 2018 Timeline - R.F. Staples Secondary School

All scheduled appointments for the week of May will now be rescheduled by Edge Imaging. Edge will be closing the booking link.  Future appointments can be made at the Studio once they have permission to open.

Grade 12 – Grad Gowns

Although we are unable to confirm specific plans at this time for the 2021 Graduation activities, we are excited to announce that Graduation Gowns will be available for purchase starting this week!

Please visit https://www.jacormarketing.com/ndburl to purchase your son/daughter’s graduation cap and gown directly from our supplier, Jacor Marketing. Gowns will be available for purchase until February 28, 2021. Please note that graduation gowns will not be available for purchase after this time. Gowns will be delivered to Notre Dame by the first week in June and will be distributed to students shortly after.


Attention Graduates – Grad Yearbook Pages

Graduates are asked to submit their grad baby photos along with the quotes/messages they wish to have included with their grad portrait (taken by Edge Imaging).  deadline to submit is May 17th, 2021

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