University of Regina 2020 Spring Convocation

News Release Release Date: June 3, 2020 9:00 a.m.

Today, June 3, 2020, marks what should have been the first of three days of formal Spring Convocation ceremonies at the University of Regina. Our faculty and staff share in the disappointment of our graduates who were looking forward to celebrating their achievements in-person with family, friends and classmates.

“Unfortunately, because of the COVID-19 pandemic, this is the first time in our University’s history that we will not gather together in-person to celebrate our graduates’ achievements,” said Dr. Thomas Chase, Interim President and Vice-Chancellor. “But the absence of a ceremony in no way diminishes the achievements of our graduates. I congratulate all of them on reaching this milestone in their academic careers.”

To help celebrate our graduates and their achievements, the University has launched a number of initiatives, including:

  • producing a special commemorative program for graduates that will be mailed to them together with their parchment;
  • commissioning a video tribute to our graduates, which will be posted later this month on the University website and broadcast on Access Communications;
  • creating a virtual yearbook that will allow Spring 2020 graduates to create a page and share their memories from their time at the University and to stay connected with their colleagues;
  • making virtual “electronic swag” (virtual photo frames and backdrops) available on our website to download and allow our graduates, their family members and friends to create their own special memories;
  • as well, we are launching the #UofReginaGrads2020 social media campaign, where we are inviting all community members to post their congratulatory messages to this year’s graduates.

“Not being able to walk across that stage and accept my diploma is obviously disappointing and frustrating,” acknowledged graduating, Faculty of Education student Martina Leader, “but I will be celebrating on a smaller scale with my family, and I will certainly participate in the University’s online yearbook so I can share this day with my classmates.”

“While this may not be how any of us envisioned Spring Convocation in 2020, it is my sincere pleasure to welcome our new graduates to our family of more than 79,000 alumni worldwide who are bettering their communities and proudly serving as outstanding ambassadors for the University of Regina,” said Dr. Chase.

Additional details on the University’s Spring 2020 graduating class, including academic award recipients, will be provided later this month.


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