Graduation gownsInstructors must submit final grades by Sept. 9 to ensure grads will qualify for Convocation this fall.

Final grades due to ensure fall graduation

The University has plans to celebrate the entire class of graduates for 2020 during fall Convocation ceremonies, says registrar Alice Miller, but it needs help getting them across the virtual stage.

The University had previously announced that its first-ever virtual graduation will take place in 13 sessions streamed on its website from Oct. 14 to 17.

“Our team has a lot in the works to ensure we recognize the achievements of each of our grads,” Miller says. “To meet the rapidly approaching deadlines, we need instructors to submit final grades for prior terms no later than Sept. 9.”

She notes that her office must evaluate each application to graduate to verify the candidate’s eligibility.

“We want to make sure to include everyone who has completed the requirements, and so call on the academic community to help us prepare for this celebration by getting in their final marks,” says Miller.

The declaration of the COVID-19 pandemic postponed spring Convocation, so the fall ceremonies will include its 3,600 honourees as well as some 1,200 fall graduates. During the webcasts, all graduates, their families, and friends will have the opportunity to see their names read into the University’s record as members of the Class of 2020.

Over the coming weeks, members of the Class of 2020 will receive further information on the Fall Convocation ceremonies, when they will join an alumni family of more than 145,000 worldwide.