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Graduation Program

Updated September 2018


The B.C. Certificate of Graduation or "Dogwood Diploma" is awarded to students who successfully complete the provincial graduation requirements.

Students graduating after June 30, 2018 are on the B.C. Graduation Program. To graduate, they require at least 80 credits total.

Of these 80 credits:

  • At least 16 credits must be at the Grade 12 level, including a required Language Arts 12
  • At least 28 credits must be elective course credits 
  • 52 credits are required from the following:
    • Two Career Education courses (8 credits total)
    • Physical and Health Education 10 (4 credits)
    • Science 10 (4 credits), and a Science 11 or 12 (4 credits)
    • Social Studies 10 (4 credits), and a Social Studies 11 or 12 (4 credits)
    • A Math 10 (4 credits), and a Math 11 or 12 (4 credits)
    • A Language Arts 10, 11 & 12 (12 credits total)
    • An Arts Education 10, 11, or 12 and/or an Applied Design, Skills, and Technologies 10, 11, or 12 (4 credits total)

In addition, students on the B.C. Graduation Program must also complete two new graduation assessments aligned with the redesigned curriculum – one in literacy and one in numeracy: 

  • Graduation Numeracy Assessment
    • The Graduation Numeracy Assessment was introduced in 2018
      • January 2018 - managed implementation with small subset of students
      • June and August 2018 - full provincial implementation
    • Students who have already taken the Math 10 provincial exam may use it to satisfy the Graduation Numeracy Assessment requirement


  • Graduation Literacy Assessment 
    • The Graduation Literacy Assessment will be introduced in January 2020
    • Students who have already taken a Language Arts 12 exam may use it to satisfy the Graduation Literacy Assessment requirement
      • All students graduating in the 2018/19 school year  will take a Language Arts 12 course and associated provincial exam to satisfy this graduation requirement