Update on UBC’s spring graduation ceremonies

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This morning, I contacted students who are due to graduate this spring with details of their virtual ceremony.

In light of the current restrictions related to COVID-19, we are not yet permitted to hold mass in-person gatherings. As we did in 2020, we look forward to celebrating our graduates at a virtual ceremony, on Wednesday, June 2, 2021. We will hold one ceremony for students graduating from UBC Vancouver that morning, and one ceremony for students graduating from UBC Okanagan that afternoon.

I know what an important event this is for our faculty members in particular, to see our students successfully completing their years of study. While I understand this virtual ceremony will not be the same as seeing our students graduate in person, it is an opportunity to come together as a community to celebrate their outstanding achievements. Whether you know someone who is graduating this spring or not, I encourage you to take the time to join me in celebrating the achievements of the Class of 2021.

Last week, we announced that UBC is planning for a return to on-campus activities in September. We have also previously stated our commitment to holding an in-person graduation ceremony for the Class of 2021, when it is safe to do so. The health and wellbeing of our UBC community remain our first priority, and we are embarking on planning for on-campus activities, in collaboration with public health.

We will advise you on our plans to hold an in-person graduation ceremony for the Class of 2021 when we have more information. In the meantime, I hope you and your families stay healthy and safe.

For more information, visit graduation.ubc.ca.

Santa J. Ono
President and Vice-Chancellor

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