U of A to host in-person convocation ceremonies for the first time in two years

In a statement released by Peggy Garritty, U of A's chancellor, the university announced they will be hosting Spring 2022 convocation in-person.

For the first time since 2019 the University of Alberta is hosting in-person convocation ceremonies.

In a statement released by Peggy Garritty, U of A’s chancellor, on March 10, the university announced they will be hosting Spring 2022 convocation in-person. This is the first time since 2019 that convocation has been in-person — Spring 2020 convocation and Spring 2021 convocation were both held virtually.

Convocation is always a time of celebration — a time when the university joins together to recognize well-earned accomplishments and support the graduating class,” Garritty’s statement said. “After two years of delivering a virtual convocation, I am thrilled to announce that our Spring 2022 graduates will be gathering in-person once again to mark the capstone to their university journey.”

Convocation ceremonies will be held June 5, 7, 8, 9, 10, 13, 14, 15, and 16. For North Campus students, convocation will be held at the Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium. For Augustana students, convocation will take place at the Jeanne & Peter Lougheed Performing Arts Centre.

According to Garritty, this decision was made according to the provincial government easing COVID-19 restrictions.

“The decision to hold in-person ceremonies was made based on the vast majority of COVID-19 restrictions being lifted under step two of the government of Alberta’s three-step plan, which includes capacity limits at large entertainment venues,” her statement said.

“The health and safety of our university graduates, students, staff, faculty, and guests remains our top priority.”

If any changes are made to public health restrictions prior to the scheduled convocation ceremonies, the updates are expected to be communicated by the university as they become available. 

Areeha Mahal

Areeha Mahal was the 2021-22 News Editor and previously served as a Deputy Arts & Culture Editor and Deputy News Editor. Additionally, she is a second-year Biology and English student. When she’s not learning the Krebs cycle for the millionth time, Areeha enjoys stargazing, baking pies, and listening to Bob Dylan.

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