Graduation Information 2021

April 1, 2021: With today's new Covid protocol announcement, Pegasus School Imaging has had to close their photo studio. Anyone who had booked an in-studio appointment leading to the April 16th deadline should have received an email from Pegasus with an update. If you have any questions please contact their customer service at 1-800-461-6575 or

April 9, 2021: Grad information message sent to all grade 12 students. Click here to view message.

April 21, 2021: Grad Memory Book Submission deadline.

Grad Memory Book

A group of dedicated staff and student volunteers are currently working on a memory book for our graduating students. The book will be provided free of charge, and will be smaller than our usual yearbooks.

Memory Book Submission

The memory book will feature a grad photo, a "younger you" photo, and a quote for each of our grads. We will also be including some memories pages from the last four years. If you did not have a grad photo taken, you will also be able to upload a current photo of yourself.

Please fill out this form by Wednesday, April 21, 2021: Grad Memory Book Submissions

  • Before starting the form, please make sure that you have your photos to upload and your quote ready (maximum of 80 characters).

  • Only one submission will be allowed.

  • Students must use their HDSB account to submit.

  • The deadline for grad memory book submissions is Wednesday, April 21, 2021.

Grad Award Winners

You can now cast your votes for the Grad Award Winners which will appear in the memory book! Who is most likely to ‘Stop Global Warming’ or ‘Win an Oscar’? Click here to vote. Deadline is April 21st. Students must log in using their HDSB account.

Cover Art Competition

Hey Grads! Are you creative?? Do you enjoy digital design? Why not create a piece of COVER ART for this year’s Grad Memory Book! Click here for more details. Students must log in using their HDSB account.

If you have any questions regarding the memory book, please contact Mrs. Grinton at

Scholarship Information

We have received the most recent copy of the Scholarship report and are sharing it with you here (The Scholarship Report - April/May issue). This report is only accessible to Nelson grads and you must use your Halton email account to access it.

This issue contains scholarship listings with JUN-JUL deadlines as well as updates to scholarships listed in previous newsletters. The scholarships are listed according to application submission deadline. Just a reminder: All scholarships are linked directly to the scholarship's website. Just click on the name of the scholarship.

Additionally, myBlueprint has asked that we share this document regarding new bursaries (25 at $6,000 each).


We recently attended a University Dialogues presentation and received updates from all of the universities on their plans for the upcoming year.

Here are some of the points that were covered:

  • Most of the universities plan on having some form of in-person learning in the fall with large lectures to be held virtually.

  • Many of the universities said that they plan on having residence options available, based on the government health guidelines, either through a reduced capacity model or a single occupancy model.

  • The Universities continue to extend offers and will do so until the deadline of May 27. McMaster University has not yet made offers from some of their competitive programs such as Health Sciences.

  • A number of the universities stated that there are still programs that have space available and they are still accepting applications. In early June, the Admission Information Service (AIS) opens. The AIS allows you to determine which Ontario universities still have spots available in first-year undergraduate programs.

  • University of Waterloo stated that they are continuing to run their co-op programs. This term, they have 8,300 students currently on a work term and another 8,000 planned for the upcoming term.

Here are some important things to remember:

  • If you are considering living in residence next year, you should be make sure that you have applied for that option with your university. You will be required to provide a deposit in June.

  • You will be required to provide a deposit to the University once you have accepted an offer. That deposit will be required in June as well.

  • Course selection for University happens over the summer. Many universities offer summer programs to help students plan and prepare for the fall, and it is worth taking part in these programs.

  • It is critical that you monitor your email and respond in a timely way. Email is the primary form of communication for universities.

  • Please ensure that you are aware of the conditions of your offer. If you are not going to be able to meet the conditions, please contact the university directly and discuss this with them. There may be an option to improve a mark over the summer, for example.

Community Involvement Hours

A reminder of the flexibility and temporary changes made by the Ministry of Education to support students in completing their community involvement hours.

The temporary changes include reducing the number of hours required for students graduating in the 2020-21 school year to a minimum of 20 hours of community involvement activities, as well as waiving a number of policy restrictions for all secondary students, as follows, at the principal’s discretion:

  • Schools may allow students to earn hours during the time allotted for the instructional program on a school day;

  • Schools may allow students to earn hours through duties normally performed in the home; and

  • Schools may allow students aged 14 years and older to count up to a maximum of 10 hours from paid employment towards their earned hours. Students counting paid employment towards their graduation requirement will be required to complete a reflection exercise indicating how their work contributed to the service for others.

How to submit Community Involvement hours:

Congratulations Nelson Class of 2020!

Please take a look back at our
2020 virtual Commencement.