Separated by distance, celebrating together
Each year, convocation is looked upon as a highlight of the academic community. It is an honour for us to welcome over 6500 students to campus, to celebrate the achievements of our talented graduands during our convocation ceremonies. While this year’s celebration is different in delivery, the spirit and pride we convey remains the same.
Your convocation is the culmination of years of hard work, passion and commitment. We want to celebrate this achievement with you in person, once it is safe to do so, but for now, please join us in recognizing the outstanding accomplishments of the Class of 2020.
Congratulations, you did it!
Celebrate with your faculty
Each faculty has chosen to celebrate in their own independent ways.
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While we can't be together in person, we want to equip you with some interactive ways to celebrate
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Dear Class of 2020
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Message from the Alumni Council President
"On behalf of the University of Waterloo’s Alumni Council and your fellow alumni, it’s my honour to congratulate you on the successful completion of your degree. We’re proud of everything you’ve accomplished, and we join you in celebrating your academic achievement.
Graduation is a milestone that marks the end of one great experience and the beginning of a new phase in your life. Even though we all face uncertainty in this moment, I’m confident that your degree will serve you well in the years to come. Your fellow Waterloo graduates will also become a tremendous resource.
Welcome to a network of more than 213,000 alumni, connected by their experiences at Waterloo.
SEAN MURPHY (BASc ’93), President, University of Waterloo Alumni Council
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Your new degree would look great in an official University of Waterloo diploma frame.
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Frequently asked questions
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I RECEIVED MY DIPLOMA PACKAGE BUT MY COMPOSITE WASN'T INCLUDED. WHAT HAPPENS NEXT?
Some diploma packages included composites and others didn't. There was a mix up in getting the composites out to students and we are looking into ways to rectify the situation. Expect to hear from the Office of the Registrar by June 26. If you haven't received a communication about your composite by June 29, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org directly.
HOW DO I ACCESS MY VIRTUAL CELEBRATION?
We want to celebrate your hard work and achievements. To mark this milestone, you will receive an email at your @uwaterloo.ca student email address. Emails will be deployed by faculty, according to the following schedule:
June 16: Applied Health Sciences & Environment
June 17: Arts
June 18: Science
June 19: Mathematics
June 20: Engineering
This email will contain a personalized video celebration, that you can watch at your convenience. We hope you choose to share it with your loved ones, so they can share in your accomplishment too.
WHY HAVEN'T I RECEIVED MY VIRTUAL CELEBRATION EMAIL?
You will be receiving your virtual celebration email on the date that your faculty is celebrating. In order to receive your virtual celebration email, you have to migrate your email address. Instructions to do so can be found here.
WHEN WILL MY DIPLOMA BE SENT?
Diploma packages will be sent the week your diploma is awarded (see your Unofficial Transcript for the date). The exact timing is dependent on several factors, including staff access to campus to prepare packages, and the processing required to send the packages by courier.
Find out more about your diploma and expected delivery here.
HOW CAN I ORDER A DIPLOMA FRAME?
While there will not be in-person convocation ceremonies in June, Alumni Relations will continue to offer diploma frames at https://uwaterlooframes.com/.
If you have additional frames-related questions, please contact the Alumni Relations team at email@example.com.
IS THERE A PRINTED CONVOCATION PROGRAM LISTING CLASSMATES NAMES?
There is not a program for the Spring 2020 virtual celebration.
WHEN WILL YOU NOTIFY US OF A CEREMONY DATE? WILL I NEED TO REGISTER?
As the University of Waterloo responds to the COVID-19 pandemic, the well-being of our students, their families, and our campus community is our top priority. We are committed to celebrating convocation with graduands at a future in-person ceremony, but unfortunately, we can not predict when that will be at the present time.
Once we have details about when those ceremonies can safely take place, we will communicate dates and timing to all graduates. Please let us know if you plan on attending a future ceremony by signing up in Quest.
Thank you for your understanding and we look forward to celebrating with you as soon as possible.
WHEN WILL I RECEIVE MY CLASS COMPOSITE?
Faculties are making arrangements to have your composites mailed to you. Please ensure your home address is updated and correct on Quest.
CAN I PURCHASE REGALIA?
CAN I STILL GET GRADUATION PHOTOS?
Portrait sessions are arranged and managed directly by Lifetouch Prestige Photography and Newschool Photography, not University of Waterloo administration. If you have questions about the portrait session process, relating to circumstances surrounding COVID-19, please contact Lifetouch and Newschool directly.
Faculty distribution: Lifetouch Prestige Photography (Faculty of Arts, Faculty of Environment, Faculty of Mathematics & some Graduate Studies programs - please email us before making an appointment to ensure we have the proper regalia for your program). Newschool Photography (Faculty of Applied Health Science, Faculty of Engineering & Faculty of Science)
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