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Be a part of Queen's history

The entire Queen’s community is invited to attend the installation of Patrick Deane as the 21st Principal and Vice-Chancellor.

By Communications Staff

October 25, 2019


Patrick Deane
Queen's Principal Patrick Deane.
RSVP for the Installation Ceremony and Reception

Everyone is welcome to attend the installation of Patrick Deane as the 21st Principal and Vice-Chancellor of Queen’s University

Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2019
3:30 p.m.
Grant Hall
43 University Ave.

A celebration reception will follow in
Ban Righ Hall
10 Bader Lane.

Please confirm your attendance by Wednesday, Nov. 6 by online registration.

Universities, Queen’s included, are well-known for their various traditions, rituals and formalities. Convocation ceremonies include pomp and circumstance and provide a fitting celebration to mark the culmination of many hours of hard work and dedication to attaining a degree. On Nov. 12, 2019, the Queen’s community will see another special ceremony occur at Grant Hall: the installation of Patrick Deane as Principal and Vice-Chancellor.

The installation is open to everyone, and during the ceremony Principal Deane will deliver his installation address, which is often considered to be a keystone speech for a Principal’s term of office. The purpose of the ceremony is to officially bestow the rights and privileges that come with the role of Principal and Vice-Chancellor. At the ceremony, the Principal will receive his official academic dress and will take the Pledge of Office.

Representatives from universities across the country are invited to attend, and the ceremony will also see a large academic procession filling the stage. The Queen’s University Choral Ensemble will perform music chosen for the occasion, guests will enjoy hearing the Queen’s pipers, and the ceremony will feature original music composed by Dr. John Burge.

The installation of the Principal isn’t the only official event happening that day. During the installation, honorary degrees will be conferred upon Dr. Daniel Woolf, the 20th Principal and Vice-Chancellor, and Dr. John Borrows, one of the foremost authorities on Indigenous law and constitutional law in Canada. Both will receive an honorary doctorate of laws degree.   

Following the installation ceremony, a reception will be held at Ban Righ Hall for all attendees. Normally, a formal dinner for invited guests is held following an installation. However, Principal Deane wanted the reception to be open to everyone who attends the installation, and all attendees are welcome at the reception, which will follow immediately after at Ban Righ Hall. If you would like to attend the installation and reception, please register here.