Message from the President
Each year, convocation is looked upon as a highlight of the academic community. It is an honour for us 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 Class of 2020
Celebrate with your faculty
Enhance your experience with our digital celebration toolkit and resources below
Celebration Toolkit includes: social media graphics, backgrounds, conference backgrounds, GIFs and window signs.
*Custom UWaterlooGrad GIFs are also available under GIF feature within Instagram Stories
Need inspiration on how to celebrate your graduate? Check out our step-guide below.
Set the celebration stage by playing our convocation playlist.
Share your #UWATERLOOGRAD moment
Get your complimentary lawn sign
Show off your UWaterloo pride and pick up one of our complimentary lawn signs by ordering one online at W store.
Looking for the perfect keepsake to celebrate this important milestone? Check out W Store’s exclusive collection of official UWaterloo grad gifts and mementos. You can also shop our collection by visiting our W Store | Gifts + Apparel location inside South Campus Hall.
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 220,000 alumni, connected by their experiences at Waterloo.
SEAN MURPHY (BASc ’93), President, University of Waterloo Alumni Council
Welcome to the Alumni Club
Celebrate your achievement
Your new degree would look great in an official University of Waterloo diploma frame.
Visit the website to see both online and in-person pick up options.
You just joined a global community of Waterloo alumni. Scroll through this page to discover all the ways you can stay connected and take advantage of your exclusive benefits as a Waterloo alumnus
Frequently asked questions
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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:
October 23: Applied Health Sciences, Mathematics, Science
October 24: Arts, Engineering, Environment
This email will contain a personalized video, 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.
WHERE CAN I GET A COMPLIMENTARY LAWN SIGN?
Show off your amazing achievement with a free UWaterloo Grad lawn sign! 18” x 24” with stake.
Available for in-store pickup only at W Store | Gifts + Apparel. Open Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. This product is not available for curbside pickup or shipping. As a courtesy to all our graduates, there is a limit of one sign per family, while quantities last. For questions regarding UWaterloo Grad lawn signs, please email email@example.com.
WHEN WILL MY DIPLOMA BE SENT?
Diploma packages will be sent starting October 23. 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.
CAN I PICK UP MY DIPLOMA INSTEAD OF HAVING IT COURIERED?
For the continued safety of our graduands and employees, all diploma packages are being shipped to your Mail address listed in Quest by courier service. The option to pick up your diploma will not be available this fall.
HOW CAN I ORDER A DIPLOMA FRAME?
Order online and enjoy free shipping within North America until October 26, 2020 at 12 p.m. EST (discount applied at checkout).
Select dates available for in-person shopping.
Wednesday, October 21; 4-6 p.m.
Friday, October 23; 10-12 p.m.
Saturday, October 24; 10-12 p.m.
Tuesday, October 27; 4-6 p.m.
Pop-up Store Location: University of Waterloo Main Campus, South Campus Hall (SCH); Google address: 200 University Ave W., Waterloo, ON N2L 3G1).
Please note: In-person sales will be limited to Visa, Mastercard, American Express, and Debit (no cash) and all sales will be considered final. Please limit in-person attendance to two (2) people per household. All visitors, employees, and students are required to wear a face covering in University buildings. Outside of the dates/times shown above, the Office of Advancement remains closed until further notice. Online sales continue.
Disclaimer: In the event of changes to the phased re-opening of Ontario, the Advancement Office reserves the right to cancel in-person pick ups and sales for the safety and wellbeing of our staff. In the event of such decision, all purchases will be mailed to the address provided with your order.
IS THERE A PRINTED CONVOCATION PROGRAM LISTING CLASSMATES NAMES?
There will not be a fall program, but there will be a presentation of graduate names. Please tune into your faculty's live virtual celebration and watch for your name.
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 of Arts, Faculty of Environment, Faculty of Mathematics and some graduate studies programs - please email Lifetouch before making an appointment to ensure we have the proper regalia for your program - Lifetouch Prestige Photography
Faculty of Applied Health Science, Faculty of Engineering and Faculty of Science - Newschool Photography
I SIGNED UP FOR A FUTURE CONVOCATION BUT HAVEN'T HEARD ANYTHING YET?
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.
If you have any additional questions, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.