For the safety of our staff and students, the June 5 date for the 2020 Student Commencement Ceremony has been cancelled. Please stay tuned for further updates.

Ticket Cost

Graduating Students: Free
Family & Friends: $50 per ticket
Children (ages 6-12): $25 per ticket
Children 5 and under: Free

The commencement ceremony ticket includes dinner and dessert.

Vista Virtual School pays for the graduating student’s ticket. Students can then purchase up to seven (7) guest tickets. If a student would like more than seven guests to attend, the additional guests can be added to a wait-list.

Payment can be accepted by cash, debit or credit card at any Vista Virtual School campus, or by credit card over the phone by calling Jadyn Menjivar at 1-855-974-5333 x6202.

The last date payment is accepted is Monday, June 1, 2020.


Eligible graduating students will receive their invitation in the mail.

To confirm you are planning to attend graduation, please RSVP:

Contact: Miss Aletta Seward
Phone: 1-855-974-5333 Ext. 6112


Contact: Mrs Jadyn Menjivar
Phone: 1-855-974-5333 Ext. 6202

All students and guest must RSVP.

What happens at the Commencement Ceremony?

The evening begins with a welcome and a reading of each graduand’s name so that guests know who is being honoured during the evening. We then eat a buffet meal, catered by Executive Royal Hotel. Once the meal is finished, we have a ceremony where each graduand is called on stage to be recognized for his or her achievements. During this time an introduction (provided by you) will be read. You will also be given a
recognition certificate from Vista Virtual School.

Please note that you do not receive your actual diploma at this event. It is mailed to you directly by Alberta Education once all your diploma requirements have been fulfilled.

Commencement Ceremony Write-up and Photo Request

Each graduand will prepare a write-up about them to be read during the commencement ceremony. This write-up does not need to be lengthy, but because this is a distance learning school, it’s nice to learn a little bit about you and your accomplishments. Reveal as much or as little as you wish about why you joined Vista Virtual School, your most memorable achievement, favourite courses, favourite pastimes, events you’d like to remember, future hopes and dreams, and thank yous. Please write this information in paragraph form using 3rd person (Don’t say “I am planning to work”, say “He (or she) or use your name is planning to work.” Please also include how your first and last name are pronounced so we don’t mess it up when we are introducing you.

Because there is also a slideshow presentation during this evening, we’d like you to send two pictures: one of you in your childhood and one more current photo. Please send these photos in digital format only.

Both your write up and your photos need to be sent to Miss Seward at no later than Friday, May 29, 2020.

Dress Code and Cap & Gown

The suggestion we give is that graduands follow a semi-formal dress code for the evening. That being said, some graduands wear formal dresses and suits, which is welcome as well. Wear whatever makes you comfortable!

After dinner is finished, graduands will be given a gown and cap to wear for the ceremony itself. As such, you need to let Miss Seward know ahead of time what your height and weight are so that she can get a gown that fits you properly.


We do not hire professional photographers for graduation, but our staff do take picturesof each grad individually and with their families, and we do take a group photo after the ceremonies.

If you are interested in professional portraits, any photography studio can  likely help you out, along with places like Walmart. If you would like to borrow a gown and stole ahead of time for photographs, please contact Aletta Seward or Jadyn Menjivar. If you wait to have your professional portraits taken after our commencement ceremony, you do get to keep your grad cap and tassel.

Need a Hotel Room?
Royal Hotel Edmonton Airport offers a group booking rate for the night of June 5, 2020. Quote “060520GRD” at the time of booking to receive this rate.