Welcome to the Fall semester

September 3, 2020

Dear members of the McGill community:

I would like to take a moment to welcome everyone, wherever you are in the world, to McGill University’s new academic year. Fall 2020 will, of course, be unlike any semester in McGill’s history. One thing that is unchanged, however, is the enthusiasm we feel at the start of another new year of learning and discovery. It is wonderful to again feel the familiar surge of McGill’s dynamism and vibrancy, expressed in a different way this year.

After the long winter of COVID-19, our society has been gradually learning to safely live with the virus. Most of us have been able to resume some regular activities and, happily, reintroduce some form of normalcy into our lives. We have taken these steps with great prudence. Keeping each other and our community safe and healthy is a responsibility that we all share. Whether you will be learning and working remotely this semester, or spending some time on our campuses, I know I can count on every member of our community to remain prudent, disciplined and steadfast in upholding our shared commitment.

Prolonged uncertainty can be understandably stressful and tiring, and the unprecedented pressures of COVID-19 will no doubt continue to challenge our resilience, generosity and sense of community. However, by supporting and uplifting one another, we can shape a future with stronger ties among us, both as members of the McGill community and as citizens of the world.

Bonne rentrée!


Suzanne Fortier

Principal and Vice-Chancellor

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