Brandon University postpones spring convocation


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Brandon University has officially postponed its spring convocation ceremony, the institution announced Friday afternoon.

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Brandon University has officially postponed its spring convocation ceremony, the institution announced Friday afternoon.

Students will still graduate and receive their degrees if they have met all the requirements.

“This was an extremely tough decision but calling off convocation should further drive home the seriousness of the pandemic that we are facing,” BU president David Docherty said in an emailed statement. “This is the culmination of students’ academic journeys, a celebration of all they have achieved, a time to launch into what’s next, and personally my favourite date on the academic calendar. Cancelling convocation is difficult, but it is the right thing to do.”

Brandon University has postponed its spring convocation ceremony due to social distancing protocols related to the COVID-19 pandemic. (File)

The university will reschedule the ceremony when it is safe to do so. Students still need to apply to graduate, but the deadline has been extended to March 27.

Additionally, the university announced that all in-person classes for the remainder of the winter 2020 semester and the upcoming spring 2020 semester have been cancelled with coursework taking place in alternate formats.

Practicums for second- and third-year students have been cancelled, but the university expects that these students will be able to make these up in the fall.

Students moving out of residences early will be granted prorated refunds based on the amount of time they had left to stay and the balance of their food plans. The university requested that all students able to do so move out of residences by Sunday but exceptions are being made for those unable to do so.

The university’s library will be physically closing as of 5 p.m. on Monday, March 23. Expanded online options will be made available for students.

Finally, all Brandon University staff capable of working from home are requested to do so at this time.

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