The University of Northern British Columbia will celebrate its Class of 2020 in a virtual ceremony on June 26 in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The decision was made as the university continues to follow strict provincial, federal and international measures, including disallowing mass gatherings and requiring physical distancing to prevent the spread of the disease. All UNBC graduates, including those who attend campuses in Prince George, Terrace, Wilp Wilxo’oskwhl Nisga’a, and Quesnel can participate in the virtual ceremony.
“Ensuring the health and safety of our graduating class, their families and friends, our faculty and staff is our number one priority,” said UNBC interim President Dr. Geoffrey Payne. “It is also important that we celebrate and recognize the achievements of our graduates. This virtual ceremony allows us to do that without any health risk.”
Participating in a virtual ceremony allows them to stay engaged with the graduating class by personalizing a graduation message, video or photo. All graduates will have their name and degree called even if they do not upload personal content. Regardless of the modifications being made to the Convocation event, students will still graduate and receive their parchment.
“We understand this is a difficult and challenging time for all of our students, especially those in the Class of 2020 as they complete their final semester in alternate delivery modes,” said Payne. “We appreciate their understanding and patience to adapt in this rapidly evolving situation. All of us at UNBC congratulate them on their achievements.”
More information about UNBC’s 2020 Convocation can be found at http://www.unbc.ca/convocation