Updates for the U of A community, week ending February 19

Virtual Spring 2021 Convocation; international student services; final exams during the COVID-19 emergency

19 February 2021

Posted: February 19, 1:55 p.m.

Virtual Spring 2021 Convocation will be June 25

The university community is invited to attend our virtual Spring 2021 convocation ceremony on June 25. With current gathering, health and safety restrictions still in place, the university is not able to host large, in-person events. Awarding of degrees remains unchanged; they will be recorded on official transcripts and distributed to students at a later date. Find out more.

Do you need help navigating the latest updates for international students?

If you’re a U of A student studying abroad or living internationally and thinking about joining the U of A community, contact International Student Services. Our advisors answer questions on various issues: travel to Canada during COVID, study permits and visas, financial support, health care and more. Our team of international experts also provide services, virtual events, and programming to help accomplish academic and personal goals. 

Final exams during the COVID-19 emergency

The U of A’s Task Force on Remote Teaching and Learning is now underway. The Task Force is working quickly to address the challenges that the COVID-19 emergency have brought to the remote teaching and learning environment, especially time zone issues and connectivity issues.

Additionally, the deans have all committed to ensuring that students will be assisted if they require an adjustment to write their final exams as a result of a challenge brought on by the COVID-19 emergency (i.e. timezone issues, internet connection issues, child care issues). Students will be able to complete their final exams smoothly during daylight hours no matter where they are. Faculties will be sending details to students about this support in the coming weeks.

General inquiries: U of A Public Health Response Team, phrtinfo@ualberta.ca

COVID-19 Rapid Response support for on-campus supervisors, instructors and activity coordinators: U of A Rapid Response Triage Team, phrt.triage@ualberta.ca