July 8, 2021
Dear members of the McGill community,
As the COVID-19 situation continues to improve and the Government of Quebec eases restrictions, we are – at long last – beginning to see the light at the end of a very long tunnel. The city is slowly coming alive once again, and in September our campuses will do the same. I am truly excited to welcome you all back through the Roddick Gates, and to the full life and learning experience for which McGill is so well known.
I am also eager to once again celebrate our inspiring graduates in person, and to see the excitement in their eyes as they cross the convocation stage. Given current vaccination rates and predictions, we are optimistic that we will be able to do so this fall for the class of Fall 2021, and have begun planning accordingly.
Unless new public health regulations prohibit it, we will celebrate the Fall 2021 convocation in person. That being said, the Government has made it clear that the easing of further restrictions – such as transitioning from one-metre to no physical distancing and the ability to gather in large numbers indoors – will depend on current trends continuing and on Quebec being in “a stable epidemiological situation.”
I am also aware that many of our recent graduates are awaiting news on when and how we can hold in-person celebrations for those who graduated virtually over the course of the pandemic. I would like to assure you that we are actively planning for the make-up celebrations that our recent alumni so richly deserve. We will be sending out a survey to these community members shortly to determine what elements of their in-person ceremonies they most keenly missed, and when they would be most likely to attend such an event.
As always, I would like to thank you for your patience and your understanding, and for your remarkable resilience as we have navigated this past year together. Here is to brighter days and joyful celebrations ahead.
Principal and Vice-Chancellor