By now, members of our community will have noticed the construction work that has just begun in Brennan Hall. We are pleased to inform staff, faculty, students, alumni and our partners that the iconic St. Mike’s building is undergoing a major interior renovation—one that will centralize essential student services at the heart of our campus and enhance Brennan Hall as a hub for student life.

Undertaken in partnership with Gow Hastings Architects, a firm with extensive experience in creating student-focused spaces, the two-phase project entered its first phase on January 22. Through ongoing consultations with students and other USMC community members, Gow Hastings has developed a plan for Brennan Lounge to house a reimagined, modernized Registrar’s Office next to an open inviting space where students can study, eat, and meet with friends while waiting for academic appointments. This work to create a “one-stop-shop” for student services and a renewed centre for our community’s social life is now underway thanks to the allocation by the university of a Capital Fund to launch the renovation and the generous support of a small group of alumni and friends. A fundraising campaign to raise the remaining funds needed to complete this exciting project will be launched soon.

Here are a number of other important pieces of information related to this phase of construction:

  • The Canada Room will remain accessible through the Brennan Hall South Entrance.
  • The Coop is reserved as a student-only space until the end of classes on April 5.
  • The SMCSU office has moved to Brennan Hall 102.
  • The office of Stephen Marchment, Assistant Dean, Residence Life, has moved to Brennan Hall 203.
  • The office of Erica Tice, Campus Minister, has moved to Brennan Hall 107A.

Beginning in late spring, phase two of the project will transform the Dodig Family Coop and the spaces that surround it into a bright and modern hub for student and staff offices, lounge spaces and meeting areas. Flexible and adaptable workspaces, warm lighting, numerous charging stations and extra food options will help to reaffirm Brennan Hall’s centrality in the USMC community.

Consultations with our student community, including a Town Hall and web survey have been valuable in helping shape the vision of the renewed Brennan Hall.

This brief video provides an introduction to the Brennan Hall renovation project and a glimpse into some early design concepts:

For a taste of things to come, Gow Hastings has provided proposed renderings of the renovated spaces:

Finally, this FAQ document contains further information about all aspects of the renovation.

Many thanks to everyone who has already weighed in or otherwise contributed to this project. We look forward to sharing updates with the St. Mike’s community as the work continues.

Congratulations to the Class of 2017 and welcome to the USMC Convocation hub! This is your home for everything you will need to plan for a memorable day with family and friends. Graduands, please do not forget to RSVP with both USMC and U of T for the various events taking place throughout the day. Please remember to RSVP to the University of Toronto no later than October 23, 2017 and to the University of St. Michael’s College no later than November 1, 2017.

Dear Graduand of November 2017,

Congratulations on the successful completion of your undergraduate degree. I am pleased to extend an invitation to you to attend your Graduation Exercises on Monday, November 6th.

Degrees will be conferred in Convocation Hall, University of Toronto at 10:00 a.m. The Convocation procession will begin in the marshalling rooms in University College located on the second floor of University College in the East and West Halls. Graduands must arrive in the marshalling room one hour and 15 minutes prior to the ceremony (i.e. 8:45 a.m.).

Following the Conferral of Degrees, St. Michael’s College will host a luncheon for graduands, guests, faculty and staff in Father Madden Hall, Carr Hall, 100 St. Joseph Street beginning at approximately 12:30 p.m. Awards will be presented to the graduates during the reception.

I look forward to seeing you on November 6th.


David Mulroney
President and Vice-Chancellor


University of Toronto

  • 8:45 a.m. – Graduands – Regalia and Assembly for Procession, University College
    (For info:
  • 10:00 a.m. – University of St. Michael’s College, Faculty of Arts and Science Convocation Conferral of Degrees – Convocation Hall, University of Toronto

University of St. Michael’s College

  • 12:30 p.m. – Blessing, Lunch and Awards Ceremony
    Fr. Madden Hall, Carr Hall, 100 St. Joseph Street, Toronto, ON




University of St. Michael’s College

All USMC Faculty and Staff are invited to a Convocation Blessing, Lunch and Awards Ceremony on Monday, November 6, 2017 at 12:30 p.m. Please use the staff RSVP form to indicate your attendance.

Please RSVP by November 1, 2017


University of Toronto

Faculty and staff are invited to take part in the Academic Processions for the USMC Arts and Science Convocation ceremony taking place at 10:00 a.m. in Convocation Hall.

Assembly Time: 30 minutes prior to the ceremony time (9:30 a.m.)

Location: Council Chamber/Board Room, Simcoe Hall, 27 King’s College Circle, 2nd Floor

RSVP: Please complete the RSVP Form on the Office of Convocation website. Deadline: October 23, 2017.

Regalia: A Regalia Rental Service will be offered to rent/purchase regalia.

  • Regalia Pick-Up: on the day of ceremony at Croft Chapter House, University College, 15 King’s College Circle.
  • The service will be available from October 10 – October 23.

More information: Visit the “Governors, Faculty and Staff” section of the Office of Convocation website.

Questions: Please contact the Office of Convocation: 416-978-3629



For additional information on U of T Convocation events, please visit:

For additional information on USMC Convocation events, please contact:

With the start of the new academic year, the University of St. Michael’s College is adopting a new policy for leaders of student societies.

This policy reflects consultation with several students over the course of the last academic year, and a review of similar policies at other colleges and universities across North America.

St. Mike’s is adopting this policy as a way to ensure that our community is well served by the leaders of the University’s student societies and registered clubs and that all students feel welcome and safe on campus and in our community.

This policy is effective as of September 22, 2017.

For more information, please contact:



The University of St Michael’s College is committed to building on the traditions that define us while exploring new ways to engage, educate and inspire future generations of students. This commitment extends to our alumni, whom we embrace both as lifelong members of St. Michael’s community and as lifelong learners.

As we have celebrated the 30th anniversary of USMC’s Continuing Education Division we have also been looking to the future. A recent review of continuing education programming has encouraged us to reflect on our original vision for offering the program, a vision closely aligned with our commitment to educating servants who lead and leaders who serve. Needless to say, this has in turn led us to think carefully about the extent to which our current program still supports this vision. We want to take the time to pursue this course of inquiry, consulting extensively as we go. Principal Boyagoda and I will soon be naming someone to lead this work. In order to ensure that we have the time to do this, we are suspending the general interest (non-credit) Continuing Education program for the 2017-18 academic year. 2016-2017 programs are being offered as usual until end of June.

Programming toward our Certificate in Corporate Social Responsibility will continue as scheduled.

Further updates will follow as plans develop. In the meantime Randy and I are happy to answer questions care of: or Thank you for your understanding.

Best regards,
David Mulroney
President and Vice-Chancellor