Commencement & Conferral and Booksale both cancelledMarch 17, 2020
I am writing to you with the sad news that Commencement and Conferral, and Booksale are now cancelled. This is in accordance with new health directives put in place by the Australian government.
Both these events have now been cancelled.
We are truly sorry that this decision will affect your plans.
As you are no doubt aware, the World Health Organization (WHO) has officially declared a COVID-19 pandemic.
In Australia new health directives have been put into place. This is to protect members of the community vulnerable to the virus, and it is hopeful this will slow its spread.
This includes the Australian government ban of mass gatherings of more than 500 people. Last year Commencement and Conferral attracted almost 500 people. With sixty-four students due to graduate this year, the numbers of those attending would likely place our service above this limit. So, too, our Booksale attracts hundreds of people every year.
This decision was decided with the Executive Committee of the Baptist Union of Western Australia. Our cancellations are part of a wider group of cancellations (the annual Pastors’ Retreat, the Fresh Conference, camps, etc.). These are all taken in the interest of the safety of our whole community, including all our staff and students, families and friends.
We continue to monitor this developing and unpredictable situation. We are committed to act in accordance with the official health directives of our Commonwealth and State governments. You can view Vose Seminary’s COVID-19 response here.
Because of the open-ended nature of the present health crisis, we are unable to reschedule these events at this time. The most likely scenario is that we will proceed with usual events in 2021. We hope to include all this year’s graduates in our next graduation service so that they can still celebrate in style, and in the company of their families and friends.
With respect to the Booksale, we have already filled our available storage space. Vose can no longer receive second-hand book donations. We will hold the stock we presently have in anticipation of next year’s Booksale.
Again we are very sorry that we have had to make this decision. We trust that you understand that Vose, is doing all we can in these unpredictable times, to serve and protect our community, especially the most vulnerable. We also encourage you to keep updated on progression of COVID-19 by visiting the Department of Health website for more information.
Dr Michael O’Neil,