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


Two students taking a selfie at convocation

Lifetouch Prestige Photography

Portait sessions are arranged and managed directly by Lifetouch Presitge Photography, not University of Waterloo administration. If you have questions about the portrait session process, relating to circumstances surrounding COVID-19, please send an email to Lifetouch directly:

Portrait sessions and class photos can be arranged through Lifetouch Prestige Photography located in the lower level of the Student Life Centre (SLC) for students from:

  • Faculty of Arts 
  • Faculty of Environment
  • Faculty of Mathematics
  • Some Graduate Studies programs (please email us before making an appointment to ensure we have the proper regalia for your program)
  • Attention PhD students: To save you the $150 rental fee for renting a gown on your own, we now have one in the studio, please feel free to schedule an appointment at anytime available on our schedule

To schedule an appointment, contact Lifetouch Prestige Photography. If you have questions, send an email message to The studio is open from September to June/July.

Class composites

Please Note: both Spring 2020 and Fall 2020 convocation class composites are the same, we only make one composite per major, per year. So, if you would like to be on your class composite, please make sure to book an appointment before the deadline, which is usually sometime at the end of Winter Term, and before your final term on campus. You can visit the Lifetouch website for more information on a final deadline. 

We look forward to helping you celebrate your achievement

Newschool Photography

Portrait sessions and class composite pictures can be arranged through Newschool Photography for graduating students in:

  • Faculty of Applied Health Sciences
  • Faculty of Engineering
  • Faculty of Science

In-ceremony photographs

The University arranges for a professional photographer to take each graduate’s photograph as they are receiving their diploma. Complimentary proofs will be automatically mailed to the graduate’s home address listed in Quest following the ceremony. There is no obligation to purchase. You'll be offered the option of ordering from several packages. If you haven't received your proofs within one month of your convocation ceremony, contact the photographer directly at 1-800-372-3686 or visit GradImages.

Note: In order that the photo proofs may be mailed, the University will release your name and address to GradImages. You can opt out of receiving the photo proofs by emailing