Congratulations to U of T’s Class of 2021!

Faraz Alidina wears a black robe and stands to the left of a sign saying School of Graduate Studies. To the right of the sign is Prof. Joshua Barker, who is in red-and-black regalia for convocation.
From L: Faraz Alidina (PhD student, Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations) and Prof. Joshua Barker, Dean, School of Graduate Studies. (Photo: Nick Iwanyshyn) 

The University of Toronto will mark its fall 2021 convocation with a pre-recorded virtual ceremony on November 18, 2021 at 12 pm ET. Though we can’t host a traditional convocation ceremony because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the virtual event will recognize the importance of celebrating the hard work of our students in reaching this significant milestone. Students are invited to share their stories on social media using #UofTGrad21.

The ceremony video will feature many elements of a traditional convocation to make the day memorable, including addresses from the Chancellor, President, Chair of the Governing Council, and a Convocation Speaker. It will also include several special messages of congratulation, as well as cameos from 26 divisional ambassadors – current students and alumni who will celebrate their peers and offer words of encouragement. Students will also have access to a virtual photo booth to mark the occasion.

Among the divisional ambassadors is fourth-year PhD student Faraz Alidina, who is representing the School of Graduate Studies. “This is a unique situation with COVID-19 and convocation,” Alidina said in an interview with U of T News. “It’s very nice that those who are graduating still have the kind of similar convocation experience.”

More than 5700 students from 70 countries will received their degrees in absentia at the fall 2021 virtual ceremony. Get to know our graduates on the official convocation page.

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