On July 15, our graduates (and their families), faculty, staff, alumni and community came together on social media to celebrate the Class of 2020. Though we wish we could have celebrated in person, we were blown away by the number of people who joined in to make this day special for our grads.
By the numbers
At the end of June, Curbside Convocation boxes were sent out to over 2,300 grads across five faculties. The boxes contained each grad’s parchment, mortarboard and tassel, and a few special items to help them create their own celebration and welcome them to the alumni family.
MacEwan’s president, provost and deans hand-delivered 11 academic awards to recipients’ front doors. The furthest trek? Over 90 kilometres to Camrose!
Over 11,000 people viewed the celebrations across all social media platforms.
And #MacEwanCurbsideConvocation was the #1 trending topic on Twitter in Edmonton.
Grads shared their celebrations
From their living rooms to their backyards to our own campus grounds to distant provinces, graduates found beautiful and meaningful places to celebrate.
And they brought along those they care about most – their family, their friends and a few canine companions.
So proud of our amazing graduates. This is not the start to the 'next chapter' any of us wanted for you, but you've proven that you're tenacious, smart, and strong, so I know you'll find your path. I wish you all the very best in the future. #macewancurbsideconvocation
This day wouldn’t have been possible without the entire MacEwan community rallying together, and we thank everyone who helped us celebrate our grads in this unique way. We think Dr, Craig Monk, provost and vice-president, Academic, said it best:
We acknowledge that the land on which we gather in Treaty Six Territory is the traditional gathering place for many Indigenous people. We honour and respect the history, languages, ceremonies and culture of the First Nations, Métis and Inuit who call this territory home.