Fall 2020 Convocation - Announcement - Aug. 20, 2020
Today, I have an important message to share with you, the Class of 2020, and your families.
We recently made the difficult decision that Convocation, in its traditional form, would not be possible for this October. I know this is a hard message to receive.
We have had a team of individuals from across departments and business units at the University working to ensure that you and your family still have a meaningful celebration that recognizes your accomplishments.
Before I delve into the details for Fall Convocation, I would first like to say:
Convocation is always a time to celebrate. For most, it is the highlight of the academic year.
From faculty and staff, to board and senate members — Convocation, and all it symbolizes — is our purpose and the reason behind the work we do at uLethbridge. It is the time to recognize your journey as a student; your hard work, the struggles you overcame, your success, and the family and friends who were there to support you along the way. It is also the time to celebrate everything you will continue to achieve in your life. And this year, we will bring the celebration to you.
In October, you will receive a special package from the University. Inside, you’ll find ceremonial items such as your cap, tassel and parchment, and for those of you who are graduating with distinction or great distinction, you will also receive your honour cords. We will also be preparing a celebration video to share with you.
Now I realize that these efforts, although celebratory, do not replace the physical experience of Convocation. On behalf of all of us at the University of Lethbridge, I would like to invite you back to campus to attend any Convocation ceremony over the next three years. We want to ensure you have the opportunity to don your cap and gown, walk up the hill, cross the stage and hear your family and friends cheer as your name is called.
One of the highlights of my position as president and vice-chancellor is I have the honour of congratulating each graduate as they cross the stage. I know seeing you receive your degree is also important to our faculty and staff. It is my sincere hope that you will return to campus and participate in Convocation so we can personally congratulate you on your academic achievements.
You will be receiving more detailed information in the weeks ahead. Until then, know that our teams are working hard to ensure you and your family can share in a meaningful Convocation experience.
Mike Mahon, PhD
President and Vice-Chancellor