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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! 

Top 10 Tips for Graduating Students

1. Learn about Waterloo’s GOLD – Graduates of the Last Decade.

2. In your 4B term,access Alumni WaterlooWorks where jobs are posted because employers want to hire you, a Waterloo graduate.

3. Update your address on Quest. If you’re not able to attend convocation, your diploma will be mailed to this address.

4. Purchase a diploma or portrait frame and show off your hard-earned success.

5. Access career services and begin preparing for the journey ahead.

6. Connect with other alumni through the alumni LinkedIn group. This is a great resource to see what alumni in your field of interest are doing with their degrees.

7. Be prepared for convocation and know where to go on the day (hint: it’s in the PAC).

8. Learn the alumni lingo.

  • Alumni = more than one male graduate or a mixed group of male and female graduates
  • Alumnus = one male or female graduate

9. Stay connected through social media so you never miss a thing

10. Have fun and celebrate your accomplishments!


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.

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"