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March 27, 2020

To All Members of the Carleton Community,

As the current public health crisis continues to evolve, the COVID-19 Steering Committee has determined, after broad consultation with the Operations and Academic Continuity Committees, to postpone or cancel all Carleton in person events until June 30, 2020. Conference Services and the Department of Recreation and Athletics will be coordinating with our various external stakeholders regarding their events planned at Carleton during this time.

We especially regret that our June Convocation, a highlight of the year and such an important event to celebrate the accomplishments of our graduates, will have to be postponed to a later time. This unfortunate but unavoidable measure has been approved by the University Senate earlier today.

Graduating students should take heart that this is a postponement and not a cancellation – we fully intend to reschedule and give everyone the well-deserved opportunity to walk across the stage. It goes without saying that rescheduling will have to take into account guidelines and regulations from health authorities and the provincial and federal governments. Specific details regarding this postponement will be made available on the Convocation website as they are finalized.

Please note that all students who have applied to graduate for the spring and meet their degree requirements will still officially graduate on June 19, 2020 when the Carleton University Senate approves the list of graduates.

Arrangements can be made with the Registrar’s Office for students who would prefer to receive their diplomas by mail. There may be possible delays due to the COVID-19 situation.

A listing of all events that have been postponed or cancelled is being maintained on Carleton’s COVID-19 website.

We regret the considerable disappointment and inconvenience that these measures are causing to our entire community. These decisions are guided by public health guidelines and government regulations and are necessary to ensure the safety of our community and to protect the most vulnerable among us.


Suzanne Blanchard
COVID-19 Lead
On behalf of the COVID-19 Steering Committee

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