Graduates, friends, family and peers celebrated the Humber College Class of 2020 from afar with a virtual experience on June 18.
This year, COVID-19 postponed plans for in-person convocation ceremonies, so a graduation celebration to acknowledge the hard work and dedication of graduates was planned by the College.
Leading up to the 10 a.m. launch of the graduation celebration video, the Humber community was encouraged to share their excitement and pride on social media using #HumberGrad2020 and the Digital swag that was created for the occasion.
Since the launch, more than 6,000 shoutouts were posted to the graduation site and the graduation video has received more than 9,300 views.
Humber President and CEO Chris Whitaker addressed the graduating class directly in his opening video remarks.
“Today is still your day,” he said, dressed in a shirt and tie.
“I will not put on my gown until you are able to join me in yours. I look forward to that day.”
Among those sharing their sentiments and support for the occasion were MP Kirsty Duncan, and Councillor Michael Ford, Councillor Mark Grimes and MPP Christine Hogarth who sent well-wishes to grads on Twitter.
Several alumni also shared their well wishes and congratulatory messages.
“Congrats to Humber’s graduating class of 2020. These may be uncertain times, but nothing can change the fact you’re a Humber Grad, be proud! Humber gave me the tools to hit the ground running & led to a journalism career I love,” said Miranda Anthistle, Journalism 2011 graduate.
Convocation will be celebrated in person when it is safe to do so. In the meantime, the resilience and perseverance of the 2020 graduates has impressed many as they earned certificates, diplomas and degrees - all amidst a global pandemic.
“You have accomplished the incredible,” said Whitaker in his address.
“The world is different today, but you are ready. You are needed. And we are proud.”