March 20, 2020
Dear members of the McGill community,
I am deeply grateful for how McGill’s students, faculty and staff have been responding and adjusting to the uncertainties and quickly changing demands of the COVID-19 situation with the goal of protecting the health of our community.
Even though our shared objective is clear—prioritizing the well-being of our community, and that of the general population—finding the best way forward has required making difficult decisions. It is, thus, with heavy heart that I must announce that the Spring Convocation ceremonies have been called off.
Convocation is a cherished McGill occasion that brings together, in joyful celebration, graduating students and the people who have encouraged and supported them in their journeys.
While it is important to celebrate our students’ hard-earned achievements, right now our focus must remain on keeping our community healthy—and that includes the thousands of family members and friends who would gather on our campuses to celebrate.
I am currently working with my colleagues to ensure that students who were planning to graduate this semester can complete their degree requirements. We are also exploring alternative ways for the community to come together to commemorate these academic achievements at some point in the near future.
Day after day, we are overcoming new obstacles by virtue of the hard work, focus, positivity, and perseverance that are characteristic of the McGill University community. Thank you for your resilience, your dedication to our community and the kindness you have shown to each other.
Principal and Vice-Chancellor