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Ontario Tech acknowledges the lands and people of the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation.

We are thankful to be welcome on these lands in friendship. The lands we are situated on are covered by the Williams Treaties and are the traditional territory of the Mississaugas, a branch of the greater Anishinaabeg Nation, including Algonquin, Ojibway, Odawa and Pottawatomi. These lands remain home to many Indigenous nations and peoples.

We acknowledge this land out of respect for the Indigenous nations who have cared for Turtle Island, also called North America, from before the arrival of settler peoples until this day. Most importantly, we acknowledge that the history of these lands has been tainted by poor treatment and a lack of friendship with the First Nations who call them home.

This history is something we are all affected by because we are all treaty people in Canada. We all have a shared history to reflect on, and each of us is affected by this history in different ways. Our past defines our present, but if we move forward as friends and allies, then it does not have to define our future.

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Ontario Tech University honours class of 2020 with virtual celebration

More than 2,200 new graduates receive celebratory boxes and digital degrees

Specially designed grad boxes were shipped to the class of 2020.
Specially designed grad boxes were shipped to the class of 2020.

For university students, walking across the Convocation stage to receive their degree parchment signals both the end of an era and a new beginning. After years of lectures, labs and late-night studying, the graduation ritual is an opportunity for graduates to celebrate their hard work and academic achievements in the company of their support network: family, friends and classmates.

While Ontario Tech University’s traditional in-person Convocation celebration was not possible in June due to COVID-19 restrictions, the university wanted to do something special to mark the class of 2020’s accomplishments and cheer them on from a distance.

 Beginning in early July, specially designed grad boxes were shipped to newly minted alumni, including international grads, who completed their studies at the end of Summer 2019, Fall 2019 and Spring 2020. 

The boxes include:

  • The graduate’s printed parchment.
  • Mortarboard (grad cap).
  • Ontario Tech Class of 2020 lawn sign.
  • Invitation to participate in the #OntarioTechGrad celebration on social media.
  • Nursing students received a letter from Christine Elliot, Deputy Premier of Ontario and a university-branded scrub cap.

Watch a grad unboxing video by Ontario Tech alumnus Afgan Talpur, Bachelor of Science (Computer Science)

 The university also launched a dedicated Class of 2020 website, which featured:

  • Video messages including congratulations and conferral of degrees from leaders across the university.
  • Special messages from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Ross Romano, Ontario Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities.
  • #OntarioTechGrad social media wall.
  • Alumni resources.

In June, Ontario Tech graduates were the first in Canada to receive digital versions of their degrees. Alumni are able to securely verify and share their electronic parchments with employers and industry.

The university is looking at options to further celebrate this graduating class in person, with details to come at a later date.