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 convocation home page for more details.

Last updated: May 12, 2020

Graduating students

Two students high-fiving at convocation


Convocation is a special time to celebrate all of your achievements with family and friends.

The highlight of convocation occurs when graduating students receive their academic hoods, are called to the stage by name and are presented with their official diplomas. Approximately 6,803 bachelor's degrees, 250 doctoral degrees, and 1,254 master's degrees are awarded from our University each year.

Changes to spring 2020 convocation

In the absence of in-person ceremonies in June 2020, your degree will be conferred in June (in absentia) and mailed to you.

Diploma mailing

Diplomas will be mailed to you in mid- to late-June. Take the time now to ensure that your home address and phone number in Quest are current; update as necessary if you relocate between now and mid-June.

Note: The Office of the Registrar will contact undergraduate students with international addresses on Quest before diplomas are sent.

Participation in a convocation ceremony as an alumnus

If you would like to participate in an upcoming ceremony, we can make arrangements for you.