No in-person fall convocation this year at York, Ryerson, U of T, Seneca
University graduates. (THE CANADIAN PRESS / Darryl Dyck)
The Canadian Press
Published Thursday, August 13, 2020 2:38PM EDT
TORONTO - Four Toronto post-secondary institutions have decided not to hold in-person convocation ceremonies this fall due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
York University says it made the “difficult decision” alongside Ryerson University, the University of Toronto and Seneca College.
In a statement, York's president and vice-chancellor says the school will hold a virtual ceremony.
Rhonda Lenton says students will receive a package that includes their diploma, cap and tassel, and other celebratory items.
She says the school will hold an in-person ceremony for all graduates affected by the pandemic “when it is once again safe and permitted to do so.”
Lenton says the other institutions will have their own approach to marking the milestone.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published on Aug. 13, 2020.