Two convocation ceremonies were held for Red Deer College graduates at the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre on Friday. (Photo by SUSAN ZIELINSKI/Advocate staff)

Red Deer College postpones June convocation

Convocation cancelled to comply with Alberta Health COVID-19 directives

Red Deer College is cancelling its June 5 convocation because of COVID-19.

“This decision was not made lightly, as convocation is a wonderful time of celebration for students and their families, as well as faculty, staff and community members,” says the college in a Thursday statement.

“We’ve chosen to postpone Convocation 2020 because, in alignment with Alberta Health directives, the health and safety of everyone on our campuses is our highest priority.”

The college assured students that those who are eligible to graduate will still earn their credentials and they will receive their parchments in the mail after June 5.

The Office of the Registrar is contacting all students to provide more information.

All other Red Deer College events have all been postponed until June 5. Among the popular events that will be held later are the Athletic Awards Night, Community Awards Celebration and Annual Fine Wine and Food Tasting Event.

Anyone who has already bought tickets will get a refund in the mail over the next four to six weeks.

Students who rented textbooks can send them back free of charge by mail with a shipping label provided by the Campus Store.

Those who want to buy textbooks for spring and summer programs can buy them online and the books will be shipped to them free of charge.

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