Graduation

Grad Newsletter, March 2018

GRAD 2018 Dates and Times

Grad Transitions Overview

Monthly Checklist

       Things To Do Before Graduation

 September

  • Complete any course changes in the first week.  Ensure that your courses will satisfy graduation requirements and/or entrance to the post secondary program of your choice.
  • Arrange a meeting with Ms. Glinsbockel to begin post secondary/career planning
  • Register for the SAT Exam if you plan to attend post secondary institution in the US
  • Record important dates in your calendar and include Provincial Exams, tests, assignments and project due dates.
  • If you plan to apply for scholarships check the counseling area, announcements on TV and scholarship websites.  Application forms are available on line or from Ms. Glinsbockel

October

  • Check the website of the post secondary institutions that you are thinking of attending to get information about admissions, courses, programs, scholarships, housing, financial deadlines and application deadlines.  List of web site addresses is available from Ms. Glinsbockel
  • Attend presentations of the University and College teams.
  • Attend any scholarship meetings and keep checking the TV announcements for scholarship application forms (80% and above average is usually needed for scholarships).
  • Begin your personal file: reference letters, personal letters, resume, copies of all documents etc.
  • Request letters of reference you may need for scholarships. Supply the referee with detailed information about yourself –see Ms. Glinsbockel for a reference letter planner sheet.   Please give 2-3 weeks notice when requesting a letter.

November

  • Make an appointment to discuss your post secondary plans with  Ms. Glinsbockel (if she has not already seen you).  Check eastern university application deadlines. British Columbia universities require applications in by the end of February.  November 1 –Okanagan College begins accepting applications for next year.  Get your application in early so you will get the courses you want.
  • Apply for a Social Insurance Number if you don’t have one already. You will need it for many scholarships.
  • Continue to check the daily TV announcements for upcoming scholarships, post secondary information, and career information.
  • Work on having your Portfolio ready for presentation.

December

  • If you are writing exams in January, begin preparing for them now.
  • Record application deadlines, including early admissions, for post secondary institutions.  Deadlines vary between institutions and programs.  Check carefully for all additional requirements – some places require portfolios etc.
  • Apply for BC post secondary institutions using the PASBC web site: www.pas.bc.ca .  Some institutions will also allow you to self report your grades.  Seek help from Ms Grazier as needed.

January
Complete a Post Secondary Institutions Choices Form (PSI).  This form authorizes the Ministry of Education to send your interim grades to post secondary institutions in May if you are on the Early Admissions Program as well as your Transcript of Grades in July to the institutions you have requested on the form.  Your information will be sent to the institutions in an electronic format.  If you do not do this form, your final grades will not get to the institutions, and you will not get an acceptance !!   NOW ONLY ON LINE AT www.bced.gov.bc.ca/exams   Opens in January and available until June     DO NOT FORGET  !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Record the exact time and date of your government examinations.
  • Continue to check the scholarship information at the counseling office as well as on the web sites of the schools you are applying at.
  • LPI (Language Placement Index test) required by some universities can be done at Okanagan College.

February

  • Due date for early admission applications to BC universities.
  • Contact the Financial Aid Office or check the web site of you chosen post secondary institutions for financial aid information.
  • Deadline for entrance scholarship for UVIC
  • If you are leaving your home community to continue your training or education, contact the housing office or check the web site of your post secondary institution for information about housing.

March

  • Make arrangements to write the Language Proficiency Index test (LPI) if it is an admission requirement for your post secondary program.
  • UBC major entrance scholarship deadline.
  • SFU entrance scholarship deadline.
  • Attend local scholarship meeting and receive the information about applying for local scholarships. You will have only 1 week to apply for these scholarships  DON’T MISS IT !!!

April

  • Ensure that any changes in the registration for Provincial Exams have been made and that the school has your current mailing address if you have moved in the last year.  Let the office know of any changes in your address.
  • Term 3, semester 2 marks and semester 1 final marks are electronically transferred to post secondary institutions if you have
  • completed the PSI form. Offers of early admission are made in May.

May
Complete a Post Secondary Institutions Choices Form (PSI).  This form authorizes the Ministry of Education to send your interim grades to post secondary institutions in May if you are on the Early Admissions Program as well as your Transcript of Grades in July to the institutions you have requested on the form.  Your information will be sent to the institutions in an electronic format.  If you do not do this form, your final grades will not get to the institutions, and you will not get an acceptance !!   NOW ONLY ON LINE AT www.bced.gov.bc.ca/exams   Opens in January and available until June     DO NOT FORGET  !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Government student loan applications are available – some forms may be in the counseling area.
  • Students who have applied to university and meet early admission requirements should be receiving letters of acceptance.
  • Attend any advising sessions for post secondary institutions. Receive general program requirements for your area of interest and registration information.
  • Start looking and applying for summer jobs.
  • Prepare for June exams
  • Portfolio Interviews (if not already completed)
  • Attend Grad Commencement, Dinner, Dance, After Grad  Have Fun !! Be Safe!!

June

  • Record the time and place of your exams in your agenda.
  • Those who have won scholarships, please take the time to send a thank you note to the donor of the scholarship.
  • Accept or send regrets to post secondary institutions.
  • Clean out your locker and say good bye and thank you to your teachers.