Dear members of the Class of 2021,
Convocation is the single most important event that we hold at Bishop’s. It is a moment of great significance for our graduating students, their families and friends, their professors and our staff.
After consultations with students, Senate, the Degree Committee of Convocation and the Board of Governors, Chancellor Daniel Fournier has decided to reschedule our 2021 in-person Convocation ceremonies from June 4-5, 2021 to Saturday, August 28 and Sunday, August 29, 2021.
The current state of the COVID-19 pandemic makes it highly unlikely that we will be able to hold an in-person Convocation in early June.
Our hope is to hold a Chancellor’s Graduation Dinner for the Class of 2021 on Saturday evening August 28 and two Convocation ceremonies on Sunday, August 29, 2021.
We also intend to hold a Chancellor’s Dinner for the Class of 2020 on Friday, August 27 and their Convocation ceremonies on Saturday, August 28, 2021.
For now, the August dates are tentative. We recognize that even if most Canadians are vaccinated at that time, it may still not be possible to hold such large gatherings which would require people to travel to the University from across Canada and around the world.
We will make a definitive decision about the August dates by July 1, 2021 and will advise you accordingly.
Should we not be able to hold an in-person Convocation in August, we will hold a two-part Convocation for the Class of 2021 beginning with a virtual Convocation on Sunday, August 29 and concluding with an in-person ceremony in June 2022. At that time, we will also hold the promised in-person Convocation for the Class of 2020 and the Convocation ceremonies for the Class of 2022.
Please put the August 2021 dates in your calendar. However, I would encourage you to ensure that your travel costs are refundable in the eventuality that we are obliged to postpone your Convocation to June 2022.
I very much hope that we will be able to hold our in-person Convocation ceremonies in August and that we will be able to celebrate your graduation together.
Michael Goldbloom, C.M.
Principal & Vice-Chancellor
P.S. The University Senate will approve Degrees, Diplomas and Certificates in May 2021. Students’ transcripts will read “Graduated” with the date of the University Senate meeting indicated, and the 2021 graduates will be sent an attestation of completed studies shortly thereafter.
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