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Royal Roads University is taking convocation online for the first time ever to keep in line with COVID-19 health guidelines.

The University says that the plan is to feature graduates with a photo, video, and a short message. They will also have a chance to cross a “virtual stage.”

The entire procession will be available for viewing and graduates will also be able to share their individual clip on social media.

“Each one of these graduates have worked exceptionally hard for their credentials and they have met the challenges before them with great courage and resilience,” said Royal Roads President Philip Steenkamp in a statement.

“In this constantly changing world, this is a special opportunity to come together and celebrate.”

Over 1,000 spring and fall graduates are expected to take part in convocation on November 6.

The university’s 47th convocation will confer degrees, certificates or diplomas in the Faculty of Management, the Faculty of Social and Applied Sciences and the College of Interdisciplinary Studies.

Royal Roads’ newest chancellor and chair of the Board of Governors, Nelson Chan, who assumed the role Jan. 1, 2020, will also be featured.

The university says that they will be announcing more details abouton the ceremony online in weeks to come.

On the other hand, the University of Victoria is holding out for an in-person ceremony for Fall 2020 graduates, who have been invited to attend a convocation that will be held on campus some time in the next three years.

Meanwhile Camosun College celebrated their Spring 2020 convocation online by creating a website portal for grads, alumni, and members of the college community to celebrate virtually.