COVID–19 — Santa Ono’s address to the community (May 8)

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As we continue to respond to the impact of COVID-19, I would like to share my regular update on UBC’s response — including stories of how our community is coming together.

This week, I discuss UBC’s plans for our virtual graduation ceremonies on Wednesday June 17. I know what important events these are, for our students and also our faculty members.

The ceremonies will include many elements of a traditional ceremony, and some unique ones as well. Being a virtual ceremony also means they can be opened up to our entire community, so I encourage you, whether you know someone who is graduating or not, to join us.

I believe it is more important than ever that we stay connected, support and celebrate each other. Spring graduation reminds us of the achievements of our students and the strength of our UBC community.

You will find my update, in both video and text format, at

As in previous weeks, I am also pleased to close with a UBC musical performance in support of #SongsofComfort.

Santa J. Ono
President and Vice-Chancellor

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