Ceremonies

Faculty procession entering and grads smiling at their ceremony

About the ceremonies

The University of Waterloo community gathers twice a year to celebrate the awarding of degrees at convocation. Faculty, staff, students and their families/guests get together for this very special event. Honorary degrees are also presented at these ceremonies.

Ceremonies are held in the main gymnasium of the Physical Activities Complex (PAC) at the University of Waterloo campus. See maps and parking for more information.

Due to venue capacity and to be fair to all grads, each grad will have a limited number of guest tickets. All graduates will be able to reserve two guest tickets. If additional guest tickets become available registered grads will be notified on October 13. It is mandatory for all grads and their guests to register, and tickets must be presented for your guests to access the ceremony. More information about registration, guests and regalia rentals will be shared in the September 19 email. 

Each convocation ceremony lasts approximately two hours. Please note that small children may find it difficult to sit through the whole ceremony.

Digital programs will be distributed to graduates and their guests as a digital keepsake.

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                              Dates and times

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                              Convocation schedule

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                              Detailed proceedings