University of Toronto Mississauga Outdoor Graduation

University of Toronto Mississauga Outdoor Graduation

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As the graduating class of 2021, we have already lost our entire final year. We couldn't experience what it was like to go on campus in our final year anticipating a graduation ceremony. To have our convocation taken from us as well is unacceptable. Many of us have spent 4+ years at this university struggling for this one event. To feel a sort of gratification that makes all of our efforts seem worth it.

Vaccines have have now begun rolling out to the general population. Many individuals have also received the first dose. While this does not decrease chances of contracting covid it does provide a layer of protection. 

Doug Ford has recently asked all school boards to allow outdoor graduations rather than just grades 8 and 12. This includes university convocations. In Canada, there are no laws restricting outdoor graduations. 

Thus, I propose two options. Either allow class of 2021 to have an outdoor graduation even if it is later in the summer or postpone in person graduation instead of getting rid of it entirely. This second options allows international students the opportunity to attend convocation once borders are reopened. The second options also assures that many more people will be fully vaccinated.

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