It looks like students will have to party virtually this year. Some Ontario universities' homecoming parties have already been cancelled for this fall term. Instead, the events are expected to be held online. 

As the pandemic continues across the province, the future of post-secondary learning still remains unclear. 

While many schools have already announced that they will be moving classes online this fall, it seems that both Western and Queen's have moved ahead with cancelling some popular fall events. 

According to a news release from Western University, homecoming, which is held from October 16-18, has officially been cancelled. 

Instead, officials have already decided that the festivities will happen virtually. 

The gathering is a massive event not only for the university, but for the entire city. Around 10,000 people came out for Western's 70th homecoming in 2019, according to their statement.

"While we can’t be together in person this year, planning is underway to provide exciting virtual programming that same weekend," wrote homecoming chair David Simmonds. Further details about the virtual celebration have not yet been announced.

Queen's University has also made the same decision. 

According to Queen's, homecoming will be moved online, as all in-person alumni events have been confirmed to be cancelled. 

“We know that this decision will cause great sadness and disappointment to the members of our alumni family,” says Vice-Principal, Advancement Karen Bertrand. “We had always hoped that this measure would not be necessary.”

Homecoming at Queen's brings in over 3,000 friends and family of former students to the campus every year.

However, more cancellations may be to come. Laurier University has announced that while homecoming is expected to take place on September 25-27, students and alumni should be prepared for postponement or cancellations. 

In an e-mail to Narcity, the university stated that "Wilfrid Laurier University is still working to finalize its plan for fall Homecoming."

The cancellation of in-person gatherings has come after the announcement that Ontario universities are already moving next year's classes online

Although the future is uncertain, universities are being asked to "prepare for the worst."

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