Western postpones fall Convocation, degrees still conferred

July 14, 2020 4:30 PM

Dear colleagues and students:

I am writing to inform you that a decision has been made to postpone Western’s fall convocation as part of our larger response to the COVID-19 pandemic. This includes all scheduled ceremony dates from October 21-23, 2020.

This difficult decision was made by the University’s Convocation Board with guidance from public health authorities and with the best interests of our community at heart.

For those graduating this fall, we know this news will be particularly disappointing. Please know your degrees will be conferred in October (exact date to be determined), and your graduation “awarded” status will be reflected on your official transcript. Additional information about obtaining your degree will follow shortly. If you haven’t already done so, please be sure to apply to graduate by visiting the Office of the Registrar’s website. Plans are already underway to celebrate your achievements virtually in October, just as we did with your fellow Class of 2020 spring graduates last month.

News of this postponement may also come as a disappointment for those who graduated in June 2020 and were awaiting news regarding in-person celebrations.

Please be assured Western is committed to providing all graduates the opportunity to participate in a future convocation ceremony when it is safe to do so. At this time, the University is planning to host in-person convocation ceremonies for our spring and fall 2020 graduates in May 2021. Updates will be provided as contingency plans develop.

In the meantime, on behalf of the University, we congratulate those about to graduate. We are proud of all you’ve accomplished and look forward to welcoming you into the Western alumni family.


Dr. Angie Mandich
Director, Convocation
Director, School of Occupational Therapy