After careful consideration, given the ongoing public health concerns resulting from COVID-19 and the restrictions on public gatherings, York University, Ryerson University, Seneca College, and the University of Toronto, have made the difficult decision not to hold in-person fall convocation ceremonies.
Although each institution will have a unique approach to fall convocation, we know that many graduates along with their proud families and friends will be disappointed by this news.
York will hold a virtual convocation ceremony to celebrate this important milestone and we will send each graduating student a package that includes their diploma, cap and tassel, and other celebratory items. Staff are working to create a memorable virtual event and we will have more details to share about our virtual convocation plans in the coming weeks.
When it is once again safe and permitted to do so, we look forward to hosting all of the graduates affected by COVID-19 at an in-person ceremony.
Living and working through the global pandemic has created new and unexpected challenges in every part of our lives. While the convocation ceremony and celebration will not be the same as in years past, the hard work and success of our graduates are not diminished in any way. Indeed, graduating amidst a global pandemic is a testament to the perseverance and determination of York University students.
Rhonda L. Lenton
President and Vice-Chancellor