December 17, 2020
Dear members of the McGill community,
In August, I wrote to inform you that due to continued restrictions on in-person gatherings and travel, McGill’s Fall 2020 Convocation ceremonies—like the Spring 2020 ceremonies before them—would be hosted virtually. At that time, I committed to providing an update in December on the University’s plans for future ceremonies, and the possibility of hosting the Spring 2021 celebrations in-person.
In the months since that message, we have been reminded how quickly our public health landscape can change, and by extension, the rules and regulations that govern our University activities. We have also seen, through the announcement of successful vaccination trials, how diligently the global community is working to bring an end to our collective isolation.
With this in mind, I have decided to delay a final decision concerning the format of the upcoming Convocation ceremonies until the new year. While current restrictions would prohibit us from celebrating as we traditionally have, developments over the coming weeks will no doubt provide a clearer picture as to whether this will continue to be the case in the spring.
As always, we will continue to closely monitor public health directives moving forward, and will share further information with you by the end of February. Thank you once again for your patience, your understanding, and your remarkable resilience.
Principal and Vice-Chancellor