Do you know what it takes to graduate?

Do you know what it takes to graduate?

Dogwood Diploma

The BC Certificate of Graduation, or “Dogwood Diploma” is awarded to students who successfully complete the provincial graduation requirements!

Students require a minimum of 80 credits to graduate. Of these 80 credits:

  • At least 16 credits must be at the Grade 12 level, including a required Language Arts 12 and Career Life Connections
  • At least 28 credits must be elective course credits
  • (Effective July 1, 2023) At least 4 credits must have an Indigenous focus

52 credits are required from the following:

  • Career-Life Education (4 credits), and Career-Life Connections (4 credits)
  • Physical and Health Education 10 (4 credits)
  • Science 10 (4 credits), and a Science 11 or 12 (4 credits)
  • Social Studies 10 (4 credits), and a Social Studies 11 or 12 (4 credits)
  • A Math 10 (4 credits), and a Math 11 or 12 (4 credits)
  • A Language Arts 10, 11 and a required 12 (12 credits total)
  • An Arts Education 10, 11, or 12, and/or an Applied Design, Skills, and Technologies 10, 11, or 12 (4 credits total)

In addition, students must also complete three graduation assessments:

  • Grade 10 Numeracy Assessment (Introduced in 2018)
  • Grade 10 Literacy Assessment (Introduced in 2019/20)
  • Grade 12 Literacy Assessment (Introduced in 2021/22)

Adult Dogwood

An adult high school diploma is the British Columbia Adult Graduation Diploma (BCAGD), also known as the “Adult Dogwood.” It is for adult learners (18 years of age and older) who want to take courses in order to complete high school and obtain their adult high school diploma.

Courses can be taken at school district continuing education centres and/or at one of the public post-secondary institutions that deliver Adult Education programs across the province.

To graduate with an Adult Dogwood, students must have:

  • A required Language Arts 12 course
  • A Math 11 or 12 course
  • At least three additional Grade 12 electives, or a Grade 11 Social Studies course and two additional Grade 12 electives

Courses and credits can be counted from either or both the public secondary and post-secondary systems. Of the five courses required for the Adult Dogwood, at least three must be completed after the adult student has entered the Adult Graduation Program, either through enrolment (instruction) or Prior Learning Assessment. This means that students can receive credit toward the Adult Dogwood for no more than two qualifying courses while in the BC (school-aged) Graduation Program. You cannot receive an Adult Dogwood using only courses completed prior to enrolling in the Adult Graduation Program.

Adult learners are not required to complete the Graduation Numeracy or Literacy assessments to graduate with the Adult Dogwood. At the same time, adult learners should be aware that some post-secondary institutions may require that students write assessments/examinations for admissions purposes.

For any questions or for more information about achieving either diploma, please reach out to Leah at 250-775-1180 or

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