The University of Waterloo is proud to honour the many accomplishments of our 2021 graduates and will mark this milestone with a series of live, online convocation ceremonies.
Graduands, family, friends and the university community are invited to attend by registering for the faculty convocation ceremonies listed below:
PhD graduands are invited to attend a special reception in their honour. This reception is in addition to the online, live
TAKE YOUR CONVOCATION PHOTO
All graduands are invited to participate in our virtual photo booth. You can simulate wearing a cap and gown and have your photo shared with your classmates at the virtual convocation ceremony. Don't forget to post it on your favourite social platform using #UWaterlooGrad!
Wanting to purchase convocation regalia or gifts? Check out the W Store’s exclusive collection of official UWaterloo grad gifts and momentos.
Celebrate your achievement
Show off your new diploma. Order official University of Waterloo diploma and portrait frames and receive 20% off sitewide until June 21, 2021 (4 p.m. ET).
Your diploma package will be sent by courier to your mailing address listed in Quest the week of convocation. You will receive tracking information for your package at that time. Shipping times will vary based on your mailing address listed in Quest. For instructions on how to verify this information, visit the frequently asked questions section at the bottom of this page.
YOUR ALUMNI GUIDE
Visit your alumni handbook to discover all the perks of being a Waterloo alumnus. You’ll find benefits and discounts, free services to help your career and opportunities to connect with your fellow alumni.
Though your time as a student might be nearing its end, you can still turn to Waterloo for learning opportunities. Alumni Relations provides resources to support you wherever you go after graduation. Check out our Career Perspectives series to learn from fellow alumni as they share stories of where they started, how they succeeded, how they failed and everything in between.
Waterloo is thrilled to offer our newest alumni complimentary access to LinkedIn Learning ($34.99/month approximate retail value)! More than 16,000 digital courses taught by industry experts are available to support your career and personal development journeys. Spaces are limited, so pre-register today!
Frequently asked questions
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CAN I GET A GRADUATION LAWN SIGN?
Show off your #UWaterlooGrad pride with a free graduation lawn sign! Lawn signs are available for pickup only from the W Store curbside pickup location in South Campus Hall, open Monday – Friday, 12:30 p.m. – 4 p.m. No appointment or reservation required. As a courtesy to all our graduates, there is a limit of one sign per family. Lawn signs are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Lawn signs cannot be shipped.
HOW LONG WILL THE SPRING 2021 CONVOCATION CEREMONIES BE?
The reception and ceremonies on June 17, 18 and 19 will take no longer than 60 minutes.
WHAT SHOULD I VERIFY ON MY DIPLOMA?
The deadline for making changes to the name displayed on the diploma has passed. If you have questions, contact the appropriate office below.
For undergraduate students: Reach out to your faculty convocation representative in the Registrar's Office.
For gradudate students: Email Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Affairs.
CAN I STILL ATTEND A FUTURE CONVOCATION IN PERSON, ONCE IT IS SAFE TO DO SO?
You will be able to attend an in-person convocation in the future.
The University is collecting contact information from graduates who might be interested in attending an in-person ceremony in the future. Understanding interest will be helpful in making decisions in the future. Let us know by signing up to attend a future in-person convocation event in Quest. This option will become available once your degree is completed and is listed as “awarded” on your unofficial transcript. The University will reach out to all graduates when the time arises, using your contact information in Quest.
CAN I STILL GET GRADUATION PHOTOS?
Portrait sessions are arranged and managed directly by Lifetouch Prestige Photography and Newschool Photography, and appointments are available when public health restrictions are lifted. For more information, please visit Lifetouch Waterloo (Environment, Arts, Math) or Newschool Photography (Health, Engineering, Science).
WHEN WILL I RECEIVE MY DIPLOMA?
Your diploma package will include your diploma and any certificates awarded, as well as an alumni handbook.
Your diploma package will be shipped by courier to the Mail type address listed in Quest as long as you have a telephone number listed and your address is not a PO Box. In those scenarios, diploma packages will be sent via regular mail.
If sent by courier, you will receive a tracking number to your uwaterloo.ca email address after it has been shipped.
There are frequently asked questions about troubleshooting your diploma package available to you.
If your degree is listed under the Degrees Awarded section at the top of your unofficial transcript by May 28, your diploma package will be shipped during the week of June 14 to 18.
Arrival will be dependent on the order your package is sent out and the location of your mailing address. You can use the tracking number provided to find out the expected arrival date. Packages sent to Ontario addresses usually arrive the next day.
Conditions: Your diploma package will only be shipped if all outstanding fees are paid by June 1, 2021. Check your account in Quest now for fees owing or holds that need to be resolved to ensure you receive your diploma.
Visit our troubleshooting page for more details.
CAN I PICK UP MY DIPLOMA?
Due to the provincial shutdown, all diploma packages will be shipped. Note that packages sent to Ontario addresses usually arrive the next day.
CAN I PURCHASE REGALIA?
A graduation keepsake bundle is available for pre-order. The retail price for this bundle is $49.99. It includes a graduation gown, cap, tassel and stole. These can not be returned or exchanged because they are made to order.
Visit the W Store for full details.
HOW CAN I ORDER A DIPLOMA FRAME?
Currently we are offering online orders for diploma frames on uwaterlooframes.com.
I SIGNED UP FOR A FUTURE CONVOCATION BUT HAVEN'T HEARD ANYTHING YET?
If you graduated in June 2020 or October 2020 and you indicated your preference on the future convocation form, rest asurred we have your information collected.
Once an in-person convocation event has been deemed safe to host, the University will reach out to students who have expressed an interest to attend. Please ensure your contact information (email, mailing address, phone) is kept up to date in Quest.
If you have any additional questions, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.