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Graduating Students

Welcome to the club.

The moment you walk across the convocation stage and receive your diploma is the moment you officially become at Waterloo alumnus. 

As a graduating student, there’s a lot you need to know about being an alumnus, including access to services that support your success, as well as perks so you can have a little fun along the way! 

This video covers all of the basics you'll need to know. 


Twice a year, in June and October, the entire University of Waterloo community celebrates convocation in the Physical Activities Complex (PAC). 

Participants wear special attire to emphasize their official roles and speakers share their wisdom and seek to inspire graduating students as they embark on the next phase of their life.

View the Storify Gallery from convocation in October 2015.

To help you prepare…

  • Convocation Checklist – A step-by-step guide for convocation, from preparing for the big day, to the ceremony itself, and the celebration afterwards.
  • Registrar’s Office – Official convocation website.

Alumni Handbook

Take a sneak peek at the Alumni Handbook, your guide to all things Waterloo alumni. You'll receive a hardcopy with your diploma. 

Cover of handbook called "welcome to the club"