Convocation cancelled for June 2020

April 02, 2020

Sent on behalf of Andrew Petter, President and Vice-Chancellor, SFU

SFU Convocation Announcement

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, we have made the heartbreaking decision to cancel the 2020 spring Convocation scheduled for early June.

Instead, June graduates will be provided an opportunity to participate in expanded Convocation ceremonies this fall or next spring. The Indigenous Honouring Feast that was to occur in June will also be rescheduled to a date later this year.

Graduating students, who apply for graduation by April 17, 2020, will receive their parchment and will be invited to attend Convocation ceremonies in October 2020 or June 2021. The university will also host an online celebration in mid-June that will allow graduates and their families to gather virtually and celebrate.

This has not been an easy decision. Convocation holds a special place in the life of this university. The opportunity to celebrate with family and friends is a highlight in the lifetime of many of our students. And I deeply regret that we won’t be able to gather together in June, as planned.

Simon Fraser University will also welcome a number of distinguished honorary degree recipients into the SFU family. The prestigious list includes a Nobel Laureate and a Canadian rock icon. Every recipient has contributed to the betterment of society and has enriched their community, nation and world. Take a moment to read about them and their work.

We will recognize these honorary degree recipients at the virtual celebration in June. and will celebrate them and their work at future convocation celebrations.

None of this has been easy for anyone at this university. I know that many students are already suffering due to the dislocation caused by the COVID-19 crisis. These arrangements, while not perfect, are intended to provide affected students with an appropriate recognition of their many accomplishments as graduates of SFU.

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Andrew Petter
President and Vice-Chancellor
Simon Fraser University