To graduate, you must meet British Columbia’s (BC) Graduation Program.
- The BC Graduation Program is currently making changes.
- Students graduating after June 30, 2018, are on the new BC Graduation Program.
- There are no changes to the number of credits or courses.
Credits and courses requirements
To graduate you need to have a 80 course credits. You accumulate these credits in Grade 10, 11 and 12 when you pass a course. A passing mark is 50% or higher.
For more information on the type of credit you need, visit the BC Education website.
Courses vary year to year within a school. Visit your school counsellor to talk about which courses you should take.
High school graduation certificates
Students who meet the requirements receive a high school graduation certificate.
- English program earns the BC Certificate of Graduation (Dogwood Diploma).
- French Immersion and French First Language program earn both:
- a BC Certificate of Graduation (Dogwood Diploma); and
- a Diplôme de fin d’études secondaires en Colombie-Britannique.
Specialized education certificate
Students with specialized-education needs earn a School Completion Certificate (or Evergreen Certificate). This is for a student who completes an Individual Education Plan (IEP) and does not intend to graduate with a BC Certificate of Graduation. Talk to your child’s school to learn more.
Adult Graduation Diploma Program
This program is for adults 18 and older who haven't graduated from high school.
You can take courses as credit towards your British Columbia Adult Graduation Diploma (BCAGD). To learn more talk to the school counsellor at your local high school.
Learn about planning for university, college or other post-secondary education
To meet the graduating requirements talk to your school counsellor. They will:
- guide you in selecting courses; and
- help you apply to post-secondary programs.
Learn more about planning for graduation with the BC Ministry of Education’s graduation planner.
Need your school transcript?
Find out how to order a copy of your transcript.
Talk to your school counsellor for more information and guidance.