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News Release - Queen's to host virtual Homecoming 2020

Thursday, May 21, 2020

KINGSTON – As the world continues to adjust to the realities of the COVID-19 pandemic, Queen’s University has made the difficult decision to cancel all in-person activities related to Homecoming 2020, as well as all in-person alumni events until the end of the calendar year.

“We know that this decision will cause great sadness and disappointment to the members of our alumni family,” says Vice-Principal (Advancement) Karen Bertrand, Artsci’94. “We had always hoped that this measure would not be necessary.”

The announcement comes as the university anticipates most undergraduate classes to be held remotely for the duration of the 2020 fall academic term.

“The health and safety of all members of the Queen’s community is our number one priority,” says Vice-Principal Bertrand, “and we want to ensure that the same measures we are taking to protect our students are also in place for our alumni.”

The decision was made as public health guidance continues to emphasize not only good personal hygiene practices, but also minimizing close contact among groups of people to restrain the spread of COVID-19 and ease the burden on hospitals and other health-care providers. Queen’s Homecoming routinely attracts more than 3,000 alumni and their guests from around the world to the university’s Kingston, Ont., campus.

“We know that our alumni look forward to reconnecting and reuniting with their classmates, housemates, teammates, and students and many of them plan their reunion activities months and even years in advance,” Vice-Principal Bertrand says. “Our Homecoming team is actively exploring virtual activities to help keep the spirit of this cherished event alive this October.

“We will continue to prioritize the health and safety of our students and alumni above all else,” Vice-Principal Bertrand adds, “and we look forward to the day when we can all be together again in-person to celebrate our relationships, our memories, and our university.”

For more information on Queen’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, please visit our COVID-19 information website.

Media contact:
Anne Craig, Media Relations Officer
anne.craig@queensu.ca or 613-533-2877