An Update on Spring Convocation

Dear VIU Community,

Over the past few weeks, we’ve all been required to make major adjustments due to the unprecedented COVID-19 situation. As this situation continues to unfold, we have been working hard to respond as needed and make further adjustments to support our community.

In light of that, I am saddened to let you know that due to the current circumstances, we will not be able to proceed with face-to-face graduation ceremonies at this time. I know how much convocation means to our students – it’s a chance for them to reflect on their time at VIU and how much they’ve learned and grown while here. I can tell you that convocation is also important to me, to our faculty and to all of our employees. Every year, we look forward to this event as it is such a joyous celebration of the achievements of our students.

Although our convocation was not going to take place until June, planning the event takes months of preparation. Because of this and given the daily uncertainty of the COVID-19 situation, we needed to make the difficult decision now to postpone the event.

A university journey is never a straight path, there are many twists and turns along the way, and this time the universe threw in a major curve. Navigating through this unforeseen turn of events has taken courage and forced us all to face unexpected challenges.

To our students ‒ be proud of yourselves for accomplishing what you set out to do amidst the chaos and uncertainty. You chose to pursue your post-secondary education at Vancouver Island University and, when it is safe to do so, we will host a graduation ceremony for you to celebrate your achievements. We will provide details about this event as soon as we can.

As well, I can confirm that if you meet the requirements to graduate and have applied, your degree, diploma or certificate will be conferred and mailed to you. One way you can help us do this is to ensure we have your correct mailing address by logging into your online student record and verifying the details – this will ensure you receive any communications from us about convocation and graduation. If you have already applied to attend one of our upcoming convocation ceremonies, further details will be sent to you in the coming days. If you have a question that is not answered in those communications, then please contact

I want to end by thanking all of our community members for your patience, understanding, dedication, selfless efforts, long hours and perseverance during this unprecedented time. We are stronger together and it makes me proud to be a member of this incredible community. If you need any further supports, please reach out to us at




Deb Saucier, PhD

President and Vice-Chancellor