Events Summer 2018

Past and upcoming events for alumni and friends

The Faculty of Arts hosts numerous alumni and public events, including Reunion, expert panels, student-alumni speed networking, performances and exhibitions to engage a range of interests. Find out what's happening any time of the year by visiting our Events page and following us on Twitter @uwaterlooARTS.

Highlights from past events

Sun Life event

Dean of Arts Douglas Peers, alumnus Brad Bondy
Arts alumni at Sun Life gathered at the Bauer Kitchen, Kitchener, for the Vernal Equinox Party on March 20. It was an opportunity for Sun Life Art alumni to meet fellow  Arts alumni working at Sun Life, and to hear the Dean share exciting news from the Faculty of Arts at UWaterloo.

Artificial Intelligence and Ethics Panel Discussions

Panelists speaking about artificial intelligence

The University hosted two alumni events addressing the timely topic of AI and ethics. PointClickCare, Mississauga, hosted alumni on April 26 and Klite, San Francisco, hosted alumni on June 21.  

San Francisco Panel: Kate Larson (Professor at the Cheriton School of Computer Science), Ruxandra Badea (BA '17 Psychology), Joseph Fung (BASc '07, Computer Engineering), Cipriano Santos (MASC '84 and PhD '89 Mgmt. Sciences). Not shown, Austin Tripp (current Engineering student).


Alumni playing pool on a pool table with the WISH logo

Alumni enjoy a game of pool before the AI and Ethics panel begins.

alumni gather at event

Mississauga Panel:
  • Prof. Maura Grossman, eDiscovery and Legal Technology, David Cheriton School of Computer Science
  • Leah Govia, MA Candidate, Anthropology, Ethics of Technology Design
  • Sheldon Fernandez, CEO of DarwinAI
  • Moderated by Prof. Kate Larson, Self-Interested Multi-agent Systems, David Cheriton School of Computer Science

Arts Convocation

Arts graduates pose with the King Warrior lion mascot

A group of the newest Arts alumni, who graduated on Jun 13. Welcome to the Club!


Group of arts graduates throwing their academic hoods in the air

When you don't have a cap to toss, you have to improvise! (Why didn't we think of this sooner?)


And say good bye to those aging gold curtains! This year, convocation got a makeover. What do you think?

The old convocation stage with outdated yellow curtains

The new convocation stage with a black backdrop and modern UWaterloo banners


Arts Grad Class Send Off

Arts grads wearing orange

In celebration of the Class of 2018, the Faculty hosted a party for graduating students on March 13 at Fed Hall. Faculty, staff and friends joined with students to celebrate this momentous milestone. Students were provided with valuable information about the graduation process and tools and services available to them as an alumnus.

That’s ASU Past President Jessica Smith (Legal Studies, in progress) front centre, and Peter Wong (BA’18, Political Science) top right.


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Michael Robson, (BA ’13, Speech Communication) here with his girlfriend and parents, gave an inspiring talk to graduating students, reminding them that they will be successful, because they are graduating from the University of Waterloo, and to remember to give back ... through time and talent.

Calgary Alumni Association meet up 

Members of the Calgary Alumni Association

Members of the Calgary Alumni Associate met for snacks and networking on July 19 at a Thirsty Third Thursday event at Bottlescrew Bill’s Pub in Calgary Among the attendees: Hyder Hassan (BA ’12, Liberal Studies) (back left) the 2017 Arts Young Alumni Award recipient.


Alumni Family Fun Day at the ROM

Alumni Relations ready to greet people outsite the Royal Ontario Museum

Scavenger hunt participants pretend to be sculptures, and two children pose with their toy goose


Activiites at this year’s Alumni Family Fun Day, held at the Royal Ontario Museum on July 28, included a #GooseChase scavenger hunt, offering a fun way to explore art and history.

Upcoming events

The Battle of Waterloo

The occupants of University Avenue have upped the ante with a Battle of Waterloo series meaning every game involving a team sport (baseball, basketball, football, hockey, soccer) between the two combatants will count. In the event of a tie, the winner of this final game will capture the Battle of Waterloo trophy. Cheer on the Waterloo Warriors football team at WLU University Stadium on September 15, 2018.

View the full schedule

Archival photo of cheerleaders at a football game.

Reunion Weekend

Gather your friends and join us for this year's Reunion on September 22, 2018! Come back to campus to REVISIT, REUNITE, and RELIVE your fondest memories and make new ones.

Register for Reunion

Illustration of Karl Marx

Grimm Lecture: When would Capitalism end?

In honour of Karl Marx's 200th birthday, join distinguished Professor Gareth Stedman Jones for When would Capitalism end? Marx's changing conception of the 'Critique of Political Economy'. Join us September 20, 2018.

More information about the Grimm Lecture


Economics Distinguished Lecture

Each year the Department of Economics invites a distinguished scholar to present a lecture on the state of the art in a field of economic research, giving students from various disciplines a special opportunity to enhance their understanding of economics. The University community and members of the public are warmly invited to attend the lectures — and encouraged to engage with the topic of discussion. This year’s lecture is on September 26, 2018.

Indigenous Speakers Series: Lee Maracle with Bill Coleman

The Indigenous Speakers Series presents renowned author and teacher Lee Maracle, who will be joined by choreographer Bill Coleman for an integrated lecture/dance performance. Mark your calendars for October 3, 2018.

Blockchain technology Panel Discussion

How will the Blockchain technology affect our everyday lives? Hear a panel of experts discuss the implications of Blockchain technology to policy, economics and individuals. Blockchain is the technology that powers Bitcoin, but it is so much more. Much like the internet, it is set to become a part of our everyday lives. Learn more on October 4, 2018 at IBM Markham.


Terry Fox Run

Join the Waterloo New York Area Alumni Chapter running, jogging and walking at the Terry Fox Run in Central Park on Oct 13, 2018.

This annual tradition is a great way to get out and enjoy a fall day in Central Park.

Theatre Night

Join us for the annual Arts alumni opening night student performance of TomorrowLove on Nov 13, 2018, 7:00pm in Modern Languages, University of Waterloo.

The play is about love set in many different versions of the very-near future, where one piece of amazing technology activates change, for good or not, in relationships.

Look for your invitation to register soon.

And into 2019, look for invitations to Alumni Weekend on June 1, 2019 and Alumni Black and Gold Day in September.


Top photo: the San Francisco skyline at sunset.