By Jensen, Randy on April 23, 2020.
For The Herald
Lethbridge College will hold an alternate convocation ceremony online for graduating students on Friday. Students will also receive a convocation package in May, which will include a save-the-date card that will allow them to participate in the 2021 convocation ceremony.
“We know that crossing the stage in front of the friends, family and faculty who have supported their journeys is a very meaningful milestone for many students,” said Marko Hilgersom, Lethbridge College Registrar, in a news release. “We want to ensure that our graduates still have that opportunity as soon as it is safe to do so, and we look forward to welcoming them back to celebrate next year.”
Convocation this year will be an all-day celebration on social media channels and the college’s website. The package mailed out in May will include students’ parchments, a convocation program, a congratulations card and an alumni pin.
“We want these students who have worked so hard to know that they are not forgotten. We are incredibly proud of their successes and they deserve to be celebrated,” said Paula Burns, Lethbridge College president and CEO.
In March, Lethbridge College announced it will not hold convocation this year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Instead of gathering at the Enmax Centre, students can look to Instagram, Facebook and Twitter to find a series of congratulations and surprises. The college also said students should watch online throughout the week for an opportunity to get a custom-designed digital keepsake.
“Convocation is one of our campus’ most important days, and we know how disappointing it is for our students who are not able to cross the stage on Friday,” said Burns.