Community members asked to submit ‘Dear Class of 2020’ videos for virtual convocation

Convocation sign on Aviva Centre

As York University students approach their virtual graduation celebrations, organizers are looking for faculty, staff and students to submit short (10 to 15 seconds) videos with a message for the Class of 2020. The video itself will be centred around the theme of “Dear Class of 2020.” If you are interested in contributing to this community effort, take a video of yourself beginning your message with the words “Dear Class of 2020.” The videos will then be compiled and shared on social media as an expression of support for our graduates. Video submissions are due by the end of day on May 30.  

Here are a few tips to shooting video at home: 

Take a video of yourself in horizontal mode, it can be shot by someone else, or you can shoot it selfie style with the camera flipped to face you.

Film yourself in a place that is bright and that has good lighting. For best results, film with a window to your side or in front of you. Note: do not have the window right behind you as this will cause backlighting.

Leave about four inches of empty space above your head and centre yourself in the frame.

Speak loud and clear in a quiet place. If you have a headset, you can use the built in microphone (not required).

How to submit your video: 

1. If your video is under 20MB, email your video to with the subject: Convocation Video.

2. If your video is over 20MB, upload to either OneDrive, Google Drive, or Dropbox and email the link to with the subject: Convocation Video.

3. Alternatively, upload your video to and email link to and include this in the Message: Convocation Video.