Fall Convocation 2009 - Invitation to Participate in the Academic Procession

PDADC#26, 2009-10


To: Principals, Deans, Academic Directors & Chairs
Professional and Managerial Staff
Professors Emeriti
From:     Louis R. Charpentier, Secretary of the Governing Council
Date: October 16, 2009
Re: Fall Convocation 2009 - Invitation to Participate in the Academic Procession

In keeping with the long and dignified tradition of the Academic Procession as an important element of a convocation ceremony, we hope that you and your colleagues will be able to join the Academic Procession for any or all of the ceremonies. The Academic Procession is a highly visible demonstration of the value that we, as a University, place on convocation and the celebration of our students' achievements.

This year, there will be seven Convocation ceremonies on the dates and times as set out in the Fall 2009 Convocation Schedule available on the Office of Convocation website at www.convocation.utoronto.ca.  

If you wish to join the procession, please complete the RSVP form on the Office of Convocation website. When available, information on the honorary degree recipients and convocation speakers will also be included in the website.

The Academic Processions will assemble thirty minutes before the time of convocation in the COUNCIL CHAMBER, located on the second floor, Simcoe Hall, 27 King's College Circle.

Gaspard & Sons, Ltd. in collaboration with the Office of Convocation will provide the regalia rental service for faculty and staff. Hoods for University of Toronto degrees and black academic gowns will be available. They may be reserved using an on-line reservation system available on our website. Please note that the rental service will not provide hoods for degrees from other universities. You may, however, purchase a hood from your university if an order is placed with Gaspard & Sons in advance. The online rental service will be open from October 13 - October 30, 2009.

If you have any questions or have difficulty linking to our website, please contact Terry Johnston, Assistant Director, Office of Convocation at terry.johnston@utoronto.ca or call at (416) 978-6425.

Please distribute this memorandum to members of your division and encourage them to consider attending. Your participation enriches the ceremony itself and, more importantly, our students' experience - and that of their families - on a very special day. In order to facilitate planning for the ceremonies, we would appreciate responses by October 30, 2009.

We look forward to seeing you at convocation.