Spring Convocation update

April 24, 2020

Dear members of the McGill community and Class of 2020,

It has been made exceptionally clear during the COVID-19 crisis that promoting and celebrating academic achievement—the knowledge and expertise our students work hard to gain over their time here—remains not just at the core of our mission, but of who we are as a community. In our initial consultations with graduating students and the broader McGill community, we heard overwhelmingly of the importance of an in-person celebration, one where family and friends could share in the excitement.

It is therefore my pleasure to announce that our Spring 2020 graduating students will be honoured during not one, but two, Convocation ceremonies!

The Spring 2020 in-person Convocation ceremonies will be postponed until Spring 2021, our bicentennial year, provided that government and local health authority recommendations allow us to gather together safely at that time.

We will also have a virtual ceremony for our Spring 2020 graduates to mark an exceptional moment in their lives, made even more exceptional by circumstances that called on all their resilience and fortitude. This will be, we hope, a unique opportunity to celebrate with their family and friends from across the globe.

I know there will be many questions on the nature and timing of events to come. Please know that we are listening to your suggestions, and that more details on both ceremonies will follow in the coming weeks. As a reminder, any member of our community is welcome to submit their thoughts about the Spring 2020 Convocation to the Convocation Subcommittee using this webform by Monday, April 27, at 5 p.m. ET.

Thank you for your patience, your engagement, and your resilience as we work to find new and joyful ways of coming together.

I look forward to celebrating with all of you soon.

Sincerely,

Suzanne Fortier
Principal and Vice-Chancellor
McCall MacBain Professor

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