Congratulations to York’s newest graduates and their supporters

Convocation sign on Aviva Centre

The following is a message to graduating students and the York University community from President and Vice-Chancellor Rhonda L. Lenton: 

Graduates, it is my pleasure to extend my heartfelt congratulations to you, and to welcome you to the York alumni family. You have each demonstrated considerable ability and perseverance in getting here today, and I am confident that you have developed the skills necessary for success in our 21st-century global knowledge economy.

I would like to acknowledge the family, friends, staff, faculty and other supporters who have helped you reach this important milestone. From challenging and mentoring our students, to providing carefully chosen words of encouragement, you have been there for our graduates throughout their academic journeys.

It goes without saying that the pandemic has created a unique set of circumstances this year, so I want to thank you for the additional support and motivation you have provided. The success of our students would not be possible without your contributions.

I am also inspired by the resilience that each of our graduates has shown in adapting to remote learning and new ways of working. You have continued to demonstrate a commitment to driving positive change in the world, whether it is addressing inequality, systemic racism, climate change or another global challenge. I am excited to see what you will do next to enrich our communities. I know that you will find a way to make a difference.

You are now part of a global network of changemakers, and I hope you will stay in touch with us and continue to draw on York University for inspiration and strength. Congratulations once again. I wish you all the best for continued success.


Rhonda L. Lenton
President & Vice-Chancellor