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Fall 2020 graduation: Grads, families, friends invited to join online celebration Nov. 17

All attendees can register now for virtual event; Grads to sign-up for their Celebration Box and submit to the Online Yearbook by Nov. 6
By: Lindsey Craig
October 27, 2020
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Grads and their parents, friends and loved ones can join the virtual celebration on Nov. 17 by registering online. (iStock)

Earning a university degree takes hard work, dedication and sacrifice - and this year, for many, that’s particularly true. The graduates of 2020 have shown resilience in unprecedented ways - and on Nov. 17, all members of the Ryerson community are invited to celebrate fall 2020 grads in a virtual graduation celebration.

“Despite the challenges of this past year, it is so important to honour the incredible achievements of our graduates. No matter where you are in the world, we invite you to join us in celebrating their success,” said Kim McDonald, manager, ceremonials office, who says the fall 2020 ceremony will recognize approximately 2,100 graduating students.

Register for link to view celebration

The online celebration will begin on Nov. 17 at 10 a.m.

To join the virtual event, graduates and their parents, friends and loved ones can register by visiting the Convocation website. Registrants will then receive a confirmation email with information to view the event.

Participants are encouraged to share the experience, along with well wishes and other celebratory messages, by using the hashtag #RUgrad2020.

Graduation Celebration Box: Register by Nov. 6

Graduates are also encouraged to register for a Graduation Celebration Box, which will include a blue mortarboard and special 2020 tassel, an alumni welcome package and other fun surprises.

To receive a Graduation Celebration Box, grads must complete this form by Nov. 6. If you have questions, learn more on the following webpage.

Online Yearbook: Submit by Nov. 6

To help commemorate students’ academic journey, graduates are also encouraged to contribute to the Online Yearbook. Submissions include a photo and a special message. google formCreate a submission, external link.

Special address

The ceremony will be hosted by President Mohamed Lachemi and feature a special address from Mohamad Fakih, 2019 Ryerson honorary doctorate recipient and founder and CEO of Paramount Fine Foods.

Fakih is a well-known businessperson, community leader and philanthropist. Among his charitable efforts, he has hired more than 150 Syrian refugees, paid for the funerals of the 2017 Quebec mosque shooting victims, and raised money to support families who lost loved ones in the Tehran plane crash.

The Nov. 17 event will be presented by NexTech AR Solutions, external link, a company founded by Ryerson 2019 Alumni Achievement Award winner Paul Duffy.

As for an eventual in-person convocation, McDonald says Ryerson continues to prioritize the health and safety of all community members and is closely following advice from government public health agencies. Any updates will be available online.

For more information on the fall 2020 graduation celebration, please visit the Convocation site.

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