Convocation disruption

June 3, 2014


Dear graduating students and families,

We would like to offer our heartfelt apologies for the disruption of today’s convocation ceremony due to the extreme weather that swept across Montreal. The alternate location was considerably smaller, and we recognize that many families were very disappointed not to be able to see their loved ones walk across the stage to celebrate this milestone. Unfortunately, McGill does not have a venue large enough to accommodate a convocation without considerable set-up.

The evacuation proceeded smoothly, and we are very glad that all our students, guests and staff are safe. I would also like to thank all the members of the McGill community who worked to get the convocation moved so quickly to a “Plan B” location. Although the experience was not ideal, we are happy that we did not have to cancel completely. Tomorrow’s ceremonies will go ahead as planned, after a thorough examination of the tent is completed and any necessary repairs are made tonight.

For those of you would like to experience a convocation uninterrupted by high winds and thunder, we would like to invite you back to “re-convocate” at the ceremony of your choice, at any time starting this fall. The tent will be at full capacity for tomorrow’s ceremonies, so we cannot offer that as an option. If you would like to join us for another ceremony, please contact convocation [at]  

I was very happy today to see so many students and families enjoying themselves despite the circumstances. I hope that you take time to celebrate this great accomplishment.

Yours sincerely,

Professor Suzanne Fortier
Principal and Vice-Chancellor
McGill University

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