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With social media, Zoom calls and signs planted on front lawns and draped from apartment balconies, there was no shortage of well-wishing for the University of Toronto’s class of 2020 – the first in the university’s 193 years to celebrate convocation remotely.
Some crafty graduates set the stage for their at-home convocation with cardboard props and makeshift gowns. Others left a running commentary of congratulatory messages on a chat window that accompanied the virtual event.
The University of Toronto is kicking off its month-long celebration of Pride 2020 with a virtual raising of flags across its three campuses.
“From its inception, Pride has always been more than a celebration. Pride commemorates pain and loss within LGBTQ2S+ communities and highlights the importance of fighting discrimination,” said Karima Hashmani, U of T’s executive director, equity, diversity and inclusion.
One graduate designed tiny robotic scissors controlled by external magnetic fields using a joystick – no cables, wires or any other attachment required. Another used her passion for cybersecurity to help protect nuclear power plants from threats.
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