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University of Lethbridge “sending” spring convocation to graduating students

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The U of L is finding a way to celebrate convocation with graduating students this year, despite in-person ceremonies being cancelled because of COVID-19.

President, Dr. Mike Mahon says convocation will be different, but they’re urging students not to let this situation take away from what they’ve accomplished. “Convocation is always a time of celebration and this year we will bring the celebration to you.”

Graduating University of Lethbridge students can expect to receive a package from the university in June — their very own convocation in a box.

Inside, grads will find a cap and tassel, their parchment, a commemorative program, alumni pin, an Indigenous stole if requested, and honour cords for those who are graduating with distinction or great distinction.

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Students are being encouraged to don their caps and take a photo of themselves and post it online using #uleth2020.

The U of L notes while these alternative plans will help graduating students celebrate the awarding of their degrees, they can’t replace the physical experience of convocation. As a result, this year’s graduating students (2020) are being invited to attend any convocation ceremony over the next three years.

“We want to ensure students have the opportunity to don their caps and gowns, walk up the hill, cross the stage and hear their families and friends cheer as their name is called,” says Mahon.

(With files from U of L Release)

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Patrick Siedlecki

Pat has been a mainstay in the CJOC News department from the time the station launched in 2007. He’s been in the position of News Director since then and has been anchoring daily news casts as well as reporting and working behind the scenes.

Community is important to him and keeping CJOC listeners and readers informed about what’s happening across southern Alberta and beyond.

Pat has been in radio broadcasting for the past 24 years, starting in Port Alberni on Vancouver Island in 1997 and then moving up island to Nanaimo for another few years before heading to Lethbridge in 2007.

Pat grew up in the small Saskatchewan farming town of Foam Lake. After high school, he went to Western Academy Broadcasting College (WABC) in Saskatoon prior to moving to the island.

Pat also spent several years broadcasting hockey in the BCHL as well as seven years as the radio voice of the Lethbridge Hurricanes in the WHL.

Pat has been working at Cornerstone Funeral Home in Lethbridge as a Certified Life Celebrant and Funeral Assistant since 2016.

News and sports have always been Pat’s passion from the time he was a teenager and he’s always been grateful to have had the opportunity to make that part of what’s been a fun and long radio career!

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