Please note:  Due to COVID-19, many graduation events, activities and procedures need to be rescheduled and/or redesigned. Please continue to revisit this page regularly as we work towards defining and finalizing details.

Boat Cruise

Grad Boat Cruise – Cancelled for 2020/21

Tickets cost $80 each and will be on sale early September. (Last year’s outstanding charges must be cleared prior to purchasing a ticket.)

Students will travel by school bus from Burnsview at 4:30 pm to the Bayshore West Marina and return by school bus to the school by 10:00 pm. The “Pride of Vancouver” will cruise from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm. During this memorable 3 hour cruise, students will enjoy a dinner buffet and dance while cruising Vancouver’s scenic waterfront.

Dress is casual/formal (NO jeans) but students should bring a sweater/jacket because it will be cool later in the evening.

Smoking is not allowed in, or within sight of the bus or boat. All expectations of the school’s Code of Conduct apply and any infraction could result in loss of extra curricular privileges including not being permitted to attend future Grad activities.

Career Life Connections & Capstone

Career Life Connections and the culmination of a Capstone Project replaces Graduation Transitions in the new curriculum and is a graded graduation requirement which started in 2018/19. Content continues to emphasize the three main themes of Personal Career-Life Development, Connections with Community, and Career Life Planning, with the curricular competencies supporting these in a variety of ways. See the curriculum for details. Major outcomes are expected to include a 1) personal plan for post graduation; 2) a career-life exploration of experiential learning (30 hours or more) which can include service learning, volunteerism, employment, fieldwork projects, entrepreneurship, and passion projects; 3) and to design, assemble, and present a capstone project to an audience. This culminating project would demonstrate personal learning and achievement (in and out of school), growth in the core competencies, and a reflection on students’ post-graduation plans.

Dry Grad

Dry Grad  – Cancelled for 2020/21

May 28/29, 11:30 p.m. – 5:00 a.m. (Entry time is only up to 12:30 am)

To support and celebrate the success of the 2020 Delta North Dry Grad graduating classes in the safest way possible, a volunteer committee of parents has planned a Community Dry Grad event.

The Dry Grad combines the four north end secondary graduating classes from Burnsview, Delview, North Delta and Sands schools.  Graduation dinner banquets at different venues will be held for each school prior to the students joining each other at 11:30 p.m. on May 28, 2021 at the North Delta Recreation Centre.

There will be prizes, food and endless entertainment!

Grad Banquet

Grad Banquet – Cancelled for 2020/21

Friday, May 28, 2021 (5:15 – 11:00 pm, Group photo at 5:30 pm)

The Grad Banquet will be held at Fort Langley Golf Course, 9782 McKinnon Crescent, Fort Langley. This is a formal event for Grade 12 students of Burnsview only. Tickets will go on sale at lunch in the foyer from dates TBA.  The cost is TBA (cash or cheque payable to Burnsview).

Grad Comments & Baby Photos

Please email your Grad Comment and baby photo to (deadline passed). If you need your baby photo scanned, drop it off in the IT lab. See Ms. Martyniuk if you need assistance.

Grad Photos

Grad Photos – February 16 – 22, 2021

Don’t miss out on your Grad photos. Book your session at

Your grad photo is used for the yearbook as well as the Grad Composite which is mounted in the school hallway. All grad photo sessions are held in an Artona portable which will be situated at Burnsview Secondary School.

Students who do not book an appointment or miss their photo session time will be required to have their photo taken at the Artona Studio in Vancouver.  An appointment will have to be arranged by calling Artona at 604-872-7272.

Grad Transcripts and Diplomas

Grad Transcripts and Dogwood Diplomas

The Ministry of Education is no longer mailing transcripts to students (as of June, 2019).  Grads may order an official copy of their transcript from the school office or directly from the Ministry of Education at  There is a charge for this service.

Graduation diplomas (Dogwood) are available for pick up from the school office at the end of August.

Red Carpet

Red Carpet – Cancelled for 2020/21

Friday, May 28, 2021 (3:00 – 4:00 pm, Grads are to arrive by 2:45 pm)

The Red Carpet event will be held in the Burnsview gym prior to the Grad Banquet. Family members and friends are invited to join the Grads for photographs as they make their way up the red carpet and are introduced to their guests. Guests are asked to park on the street or at the church unless disabled. Tickets are not required, but there will be limited seating which will be available on a first come first served basis.  Doors open at 2:30 pm.

Snowball Dance

Snowball Dance – Cancelled for 2020/21

The Snowball is a semi-formal dance organized by the grads for students in Grades 11 and 12.  Tickets cost $TBA each and go on sale beginning DATE TBA. All student fees must be paid before students can purchase a ticket.

Valedictory Ceremony

Valedictory Ceremony – :  June 5, 2021

Burnsview’s Valedictory ceremony will be held at North Delta Secondary School on Saturday, June 5th. We are still in the early stages but the plan is to honour our grade 12 students in a way that will allow them to wear their cap and gown, walk across the stage, have their moment in the spotlight and have several photos taken as they experience the event. There will also be opportunities to have their photos taken with their formal attire if they so choose. Our virtual grad will be released within weeks of the filming allowing grads to share their grad moments with family, friends, teachers and their classmates.

Gowns and caps will be available for pick up from the Burnsview office from DATE TBA.  As the gowns and caps are a souvenir package, they do not need to be returned following the ceremony.

Valedictory Ceremony Gown Order Form

As we will be ordering gowns for the Valedictory Ceremony in the very near future, we require all grads to complete the Gown Order Form. The only information required is student name and height.

Please ensure this form is completed by no later than March 8, 2021.

Valedictorian Selection

To apply to be Burnsview’s Valedictorian, students must meet the following criteria.

The student:

  • Is in a position to graduate in June
  • Is respected by peers and staff
  • Has maintained strong attendance and engagement in their classes
  • Has completed at least 80% of their Graduation courses at Burnsview
  • Is involved in school/community activities outside the classroom
  • Is a positive role model
  • Is able to deliver an appropriate speech reflecting the high school experience of the entire graduating class
  • Is willing to work with a sponsor teacher to review the valedictory address

How do you become valedictorian?

Students must submit answers to these two questions to the office by May 10th. Email your answers to or drop off a paper copy to the office.

  1. What does it mean to be Valedictorian?
  2. Why are you the best candidate to represent your grad class?

Candidates will present their response via Zoom to the staff selection committee on May 19th. The presentation should be approximately three minutes long.

Three candidates will be chosen by the staff selection committee, and then a vote by grade 12 students will determine the valedictorian.

**The valedictorian address must be presented in French and English. Therefore, if the candidate selected is not competent in French, a second student who is will be chosen to present with them.