Dear Graduands, Students, Parents, and Colleagues,
I wrote to you yesterday on the cancellation of the November 14-18 sessions of the Commencement due to clear safety risks as evidenced in university vicinities across Hong Kong. Our resources simply will not be able to ensure the safety of a large number of people including guaduands, parents and guests congregating inside the AC Hall, where an emergency evacuation could lead to dangerous chaos. Indeed we received numerous enquiries from parents who are eager to attend the Commencement but worried about safety.
After yesterday’s announcement, we received further feedbacks from our graduands and students. While some of them appreciate that safety is the number one priority, many expressed the aspiration to have a proper commencement – an aspiration that I fully share.
It is therefore with much relief that I am writing to let you know that the management team has been working hard to put in place arrangements for the Commencement to proceed once the grave safety risks on campus no longer exist. The exact date remains fluid given the current turmoil, but firm plans are afoot to enable our Guaduands and Parents to attend a proper Commencement in celebration of the graduation.
Formal invitation and arrangements for the Commencement will be sent to you once the situation improves to a state that allows us to do so – hopefully within a few months but the sooner the better.
As graduands would need to collect their graduation certificates for further studies or job search as soon as possible, they can do so according to the original schedule as announced by the Academic Registry. Details are available at: http://ar.hkbu.edu.hk/home/commencement/info_graduates/. Also, photo booths with graduation backdrops will be set up as usual on campus for photo-taking.
I again appeal to the BU Community to stay away from harm’s way and violence, and use our collective imagination and wisdom to show to the whole of Hong Kong how conflicts can be resolved through peaceful means that are acceptable to all sides.
Roland T Chin
12 November 2019