Dear Students, Faculty & Staff,
Earlier today students received a message from U of T’s President explaining that this year’s Spring Convocation will be held virtually. The virtual ceremony will replicate the core elements of a Convocation ceremony as best as possible under the circumstances. While a virtual ceremony does not fully replace an in-person experience, our exceptional circumstances require these measures in order to help stop the spread of COVID-19.
When the public health situation stabilizes and it is possible to gather safely, the University has outlined that divisions and Faculties can host in-person graduation ceremonies to celebrate this important milestone. While it is not possible to commit to a timeline at this point, it is likely the ceremonies will begin to take place across the University sometime after September 1, 2020 as safety, scheduling, and space permits. These in-person graduation ceremonies will be complete with most of the core elements of a traditional Convocation ceremony – including academic regalia, congratulatory remarks from academic leaders, a graduation speaker, and presentation of the graduates.
For graduating students at the Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy, we commit to planning in-person ceremonies and receptions in coordination with the University. We do not yet have details to share but our planning will begin as soon as possible and we very much look forward to celebrating your accomplishments with you when it is safe to do so.
Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy