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. It is with great disappointment that we will not be holding any in-person ceremonies in June 2020. These are extraordinary times, and we do not make this decision lightly. Please refer to the official announcement from President Hamdullahpur for more details. We look forward to celebrating with you, when it is safe to do so. We will do all that we can to provide you with more information as soon as it is available.

Last updated: March 30, 2020

Convocation schedule

Morning ceremonies

Time Action Location
8:00 a.m. Graduating students start to arrive, pick up gown and name card. See convocation ceremony checklist for specifics. PAC, small gymnasium
9:00 a.m. Doors open for guests to be seated
Note: Guests with Special Guest Seating tickets may enter 15 minutes prior
PAC, main gymnasium
9:40 a.m. Student procession begins PAC, main gymnasium
9:50 a.m. Convocation marshals organize academic procession and lead procession into the main gymnasium PAC, small gymnasium
10:00 a.m. Ceremony begins PAC, main gymnasium

Afternoon ceremonies

Time Action Location
12:30 p.m. Graduating students start to arrive, pick up gown and name card. See convocation ceremony checklist for specifics. PAC, small gymnasium
1:30 p.m. Doors open for guests to be seated
Note: Guests with Special Guest Seating tickets may enter 15 minutes prior
PAC, main gymnasium
2:10 p.m. Student procession begins PAC, main gymnasium
2:20 p.m. Convocation marshals organize academic procession and lead procession into the main gymnasium PAC, small gymnasium
2:30 p.m. Ceremony begins PAC, main gymnasium

Evening ceremonies

Time Action Location
4:30 p.m. Graduating students start to arrive, pick up gown and name card. See convocation ceremony checklist for specifics. PAC, small gymnasium
5:30 p.m. Doors open for guests to be seated
Note: Guests with Special Guest Seating tickets may enter 15 minutes prior
PAC, main gymnasium
6:10 p.m. Student procession begins PAC, main gymnasium
6:20 p.m. Convocation marshals organize academic procession and lead procession into the main gymnasium PAC, small gymnasium
6:30 p.m. Ceremony begins PAC, main gymnasium