April 25, 2006      
Convocation 2006

For the first time in many years the Bishop’s University Convocation Ceremony will take place outside, rain or shine, at Coulter Field Football Stadium on Saturday, June 10, 2006.

Last year's attendance at Convocation (in the gym) was far above the permissible limit according to the City of Sherbrooke’s fire and safety regulations. We had to choose: find another venue or hold two ceremonies.

The SRC, along with our Facilities Department, were consulted. Convocation is a special day for the graduating students and their families, so it was important to give strong consideration to the views of our students. The only other inside location, the arena, was considered but eventually rejected.

The SRC was firm that students wanted only one ceremony. The choice was either the Quad or Coulter Field. For logistical reasons, the stadium is a better location. Weather permitting the garden reception following Convocation will take place in the Quad.

It is worth noting that neighbouring institutions such as Middlebury College (Vermont) and Dartmouth College (New Hampshire) have been holding their Convocations outside for a long time, rain or shine.

The Convocation Schedule is available on the web site. I look forward to seeing many of you on June 10th.
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