Congratulations to the graduating class of 2021! There is no question that it has been a year of significant challenges. Completing the final year of your studies online while navigating a global pandemic is an extraordinary achievement, for which you should be very proud.
It is important to us that all Tyndale students are recognized for their hard work and achievements. We also recognize the duty we have to balance this with the health and safety of our entire community. As a result, in light of government and public health protocols regarding large indoor and outdoor gatherings, and to protect our staff, faculty, students, and their families, all Spring 2021 Tyndale University Convocations will be held virtually. Graduation photographs on campus will also have to be postponed. We are in touch with the studio and will follow up with some alternative options.
In February Tyndale leadership contacted the graduating classes of 2020 and 2021 in the form of a survey to ensure their voices were heard. These responses were reviewed, as well as other feedback received, in an effort to understand how the graduation experience has been disrupted by the pandemic. We want to acknowledge the strong desire that we all have to be together on campus to celebrate. It is also important to recognize the deep impact COVID–19 has had on our community. So much has been missed this year and we want you to know that we have heard you and lament alongside you.
For those who have been accepted to graduate this spring, convocation gift boxes will be mailed to you to the home addresses we have on file.
While our traditional convocations will look different this year, please know we are hard at work planning a future, in-person event where we can celebrate the graduating classes of 2020 and 2021 when it is safe to do so. However, at this time our immediate priority is to provide a virtual convocation experience which will allow us to truly honour and acknowledge our graduates and their achievements even though we cannot be together physically.