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‘Concordia spirit prevailed’

New Year’s message to alumni from President Graham Carr
January 11, 2021

Graham Carr On December 1, 2020, we opened our state-of-the art Applied Science Hub on the Loyola campus.

Happy New Year 2021! It feels good to say that, given what we’ve all been through in the past 10 months. If you’re like me, I’m sure you were thrilled to see the back of 2020 – and are feeling hopeful now that vaccines are injecting some bright spots on the horizon.

Of course, we aren’t out of the woods yet. In Montreal, as in many places, we’re experiencing one of our most challenging stretches since the pandemic began. Which is why, at Concordia, we’ll continue to teach, learn and work remotely for the most part. Our libraries on both campuses will remain open for study as will our more than 200 labs which are such a big component of our contribution to society and so integral to our research mission.

If the public health situation permits in Montreal, we’ve drafted plans that will allow small groups of students to come to campus to spend time with each other, with faculty and staff. As you all no doubt recall, the social aspect of being a student is a big part of campus life which we all miss.  

Given the challenges we all faced in 2020, I’m extremely proud to report how the Concordia community spirit prevailed. Together, we:

  • Raised more than $1M for the COVID-19 Emergency Student Relief Fund
  • Inaugurated our incredibly successful CU Cares and CU@Home programs
  • Smashed our annual giving record to the Centraide Campaign

Equally important, your alma mater racked up an impressive list of academic and research accomplishments to sustain the momentum Concordia has been building for several years. We:

On the alumni front, I’m thrilled to welcome the Concordia University Alumni Association’s new board of directors and its new president, Linda Donnini.

As usual, our alumni also did us very proud:

In so many ways, our grads also continue to inspire us:

Here you can read even more stories of how the entire Concordia community – alumni, students, faculty and staff – are helping counter the unprecedented challenges COVID-19 continues to present.

My best wishes to you and those close to you for a healthy and happy 2021!

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Graham Carr
President and Vice-Chancellor



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