Certificate of Graduation - 2004 Graduation Program

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

Students graduating in 2017/18 are in the 2004 Graduation Program.

Requirements for students on the 2004 Graduation Program

In order to graduate under the 2004 Graduation Program, you must pass specific courses. Overall, you must acquire 80 credits from a combination of required courses, elective courses and the Graduation Transitions program.

You should make sure to take the right courses by checking in with your school counselor or by reviewing the Grad Planner (PDF, 5.7 MB).

Required Courses for students on the 2004 Graduation Program (48 credits)

  • Planning 10 (4 credits)
  • a Language Arts 10 (4 credits)
  • a Language Arts 11 (4 credits)
  • a Language Arts 12 (4 credits)
  • a Mathematics 10 (4 credits)
  • a Mathematics 11 or 12 (4 credits)
  • a Fine Arts and/or Applied Skills 10, 11 or 12 (4 credits)
  • a Social Studies 10 (4 credits)
  • a Social Studies 11 or 12 (4 credits)*
  • a Science 10 (4 credits)
  • a Science 11 or 12 (4 credits)
  • Physical Education 10 (4 credits)

* The most commonly used courses to satisfy the Social Studies 11 or 12 graduation requirement on the 2004 Graduation Program are Social Studies 11, Civic Studies 11, and BC First Nations Studies 12. To find other courses that may also satisfy this requirement, please contact the ministry: EDUC.GradStandards@gov.bc.ca

Elective Courses for students on the 2004 Graduation Program (28 credits)

Credits from elective courses will be counted from Grades 10 to 12. When planning course selection, remember that at least 16 overall credits must be at the Grade 12 level. Some of these credits may come from required courses (like a Grade 12 Language Arts course) while others can be elective courses.

Graduation Transitions for students on the 2004 Graduation Program (4 credits)

All B.C. secondary school students in Grades 10, 11 and 12 are given the responsibility of preparing for life after secondary school by setting education, career and life goals. More detailed information is available in the program guide:


Focus Areas

As part of Planning 10, students are encouraged to focus on areas that match their interest and aptitude. Identifying and developing personal strengths helps each student create a plan for future education and career goals.

Students should find this process supports their course selection for Grades 11 and 12, as well as making effective post-secondary education and training choices.