Dear Rotman Students, Friends and Family
To the class of 2020, congratulations on completing your degree requirements. We are excited to officially welcome you to the alumni community. This year the lead up to convocation is different.
On March 25, 2020 a message went to many students directly from the President of the University of Toronto, to announce that all the convocation ceremonies in June 2020 had been cancelled. The University took this difficult decision in light of the COVID-19 situation, guided by the advice from public health authorities. While necessary, this is sad news for the whole Rotman community.
At Rotman we all echo President Gertler’s remarks that convocation is a tradition that our faculty and staff cherish and look forward to. And of course, for our graduating students and their families, I know this change is particularly disappointing.
On April 3rd, the President of the University of Toronto made a follow-up announcement that the University is planning Convocation to occur through a virtual (or webcast) ceremony, where the Chancellor will confer the degrees of all graduates in absentia. This will be posted to the web on or before June 2, 2020. Diploma parchments will then be couriered to all graduates.
When the situation normalizes and it is possible to gather safely, Rotman will then be hosting in-person gatherings of our 2020 graduates in Toronto to celebrate your important milestone. We are determined to organize celebratory in-person ceremonies with most of the core elements of a traditional Convocation ceremony – graduate procession (in academic regalia), academic and leadership procession, congratulatory remarks from the Dean, convocation speaker, individual presentation of graduates, and a reception to welcome you and your guests.
Stay turned as our program leaders and your alumni team are working on Class of 2020 highlights that will be posted to these pages so that we can honour your accomplishments this spring virtually. We will also continue to monitor the situation and once the limitations on large gatherings are lifted, we will look forward to organizing an in-person celebration for the class of 2020.
If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to our team – firstname.lastname@example.org
Congratulations again – you did it!