Brandon University will close on Monday, Sept. 19 for national day of mourning

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Brandon University will be closed to honour the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II on Monday, Sept. 19, 2022, a federally proclaimed day of mourning. The University’s flags, which have been flown at half-mast since the Queen’s passing, will remain lowered through her funeral.

“Brandon University shared important ties with the Queen, including two of the most significant expansions in our history, and we send our deepest condolences to the entire Royal Family,” said BU President Dr. David Docherty.

Her late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II made two visits to the BU campus, in 1970 and in 1984. During her first visit, which drew a crowd of more than 1,000 to campus, the Queen laid the cornerstone for the construction of the James R. Brodie Science Centre. That cornerstone, which is now more than a half-century old, is in the process of being refreshed with replacement letters.

In 1984, the Queen returned to campus and participated in the official opening of the new music building. The building, which houses the BU School of Music, was named the Queen Elizabeth II Music Building in her honour. A portrait of the Queen that is displayed in the School has been draped with a black ribbon.

With the University closed, no classes will be held, and no offices will be open. Campus buildings will be locked and only accessible by your student or employee access card. The BU Senate has voted to reduce contact hours for any affected courses. For those whose research, practicum placements, or other scheduled learning activities may require their presence on Monday, please reach out to your instructor or Dean.

Food Services will continue for those in Residence, and the Healthy Living Centre will be open regular business hours.



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