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

Convocation ceremony checklist

Important information

Are you eligible to graduate and attend convocation?

Ensure you've completed all the required steps in order to participate in convocation. Visit the graduation checklist on the Registrar's Office website (for undergraduate students) or the Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Affairs website (for graduate students).

Graduand versus graduate

Graduand is the term used to address a student who is about to graduate or receive a degree. A graduate is a student who has received a degree or diploma.

Graduation date

Although your requirements have been completed, you become a graduate on the day of your convocation ceremony, where your degree or diploma is conferred. This will be the date listed on your student record and official transcript as your graduation date.

Prior to Convocation day

On convocation day

Celebrate after the ceremony