Be part of history – join ceremony to mark installation of York’s first female chancellor

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Kathleen Taylor will be officially installed as York’s 14th chancellor on May 10 at 3 p.m. at the Tribute Communities Recital Hall in Accolade East Building.

Kathleen Taylor
Kathleen Taylor

The entire York community – students, faculty and staff – is invited to join in the celebration of this historic event. Taylor’s appointment, which was announced in October 2022, marks the first time a woman will serve as chancellor.

The chancellor is the top ceremonial position at York and serves as an inspiring leader and respected member of the community, as well as connector between the University and the community-at-large. Among the chancellor’s core responsibilities is presiding over the conferring of degrees on thousands of new graduates at convocation ceremonies every fall and spring.

York’s 2023 spring convocation will mark the first convocation for Taylor. She is a valued York alumna who holds a juris doctor from Osgoode Hall Law School and a master of business administration from the Schulich School of Business.

The chancellor’s installation offers a rare opportunity to witness an important institutional ceremony. It is the official moment where the chancellor is formally endowed with the powers and responsibilities of the office. It also provides an opportunity for the incoming chancellor to make a commitment to the people York serves and to share their vision for the University during their term of office. It’s a public declaration of the chancellor’s intention to uphold the responsibilities of this position.

All community members are encouraged to attend and bear witness to this important moment. Register here by May 8. A post-ceremony reception, with refreshments, will be held in the CIBC lobby.