Virtual convocation celebrations begin today
More than 2,600 of Waterloo's latest cohort of graduates will be recognized today and tomorrow through a series of virtual celebrations. In the process, these graduating students will receive more than 2,700 degrees, diplomas, and certificates.
Each graduand will receive an email from President Feridun Hamdullahpur with a personalized video featuring senior University leaders that marks this exceptional moment in the lives of each graduating student and their families.Personalized convocation emails will be sent to graduating students on October 23 and 24. These convocation emails will include messages from the President and from the valedictorians from each faculty.
A doctoral degree represents the culmination of years of hard work and dedication; seeing it through to the finish line is a tremendous achievement. Graduates, supervisors, and guests are welcome to attend the PhD virtual graduate celebration, happening today, from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. Visit the event page for more information.
In addition, live virtual celebrations are being organized that will take place on Saturday, October 24.
Here are the fall convocation facts and figures by the numbers:
Applied Health Sciences
More than 250 AHS graduates are being celebrated this weekend. 55 undergraduates, 194 Master's, and 5 PhD candidates will receive their degrees.
Eric Thomas Hedge will be recognized with the Alumni Gold Medal in recognition of outstanding academic achievement in a master's program.
Amanda Rafka Raffoul will be named a University Finalist for Alumni Gold Medal at the doctoral level.
The Faculty of Applied Health Sciences live virtual celebration is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. ET on October 24.
More than 675 Arts graduates are being celebrated this weekend. 323 undergraduates, 342 Master's, and 14 PhD candidates will receive their degrees.
Tianjia Huang will be awarded the Accounting Alumni Award for Excellence in Accounting, given to the student graduating from the Master of Accounting program, who has the highest marks in all required and elective accounting courses.
Houman Mehrabian will be recognized with the Amit and Meena Chakma Award for Exceptional Teaching by a Student, awarded to a graduating student who has had a formal teaching role at the University and shown intellectual vigour and strong communication.
Tanya Michelle Tomasin will receive the Renison University College - President's Special Award for Academic Achievement.
Katelynn Alida Folkerts and Melissa Meade will both be named University Finalist for the Alumni Gold Medal
The Faculty of Arts live virtual celebration is scheduled for 11:00 a.m. ET on October 24.
More than 420 Engineering graduates are being celebrated this weekend. 112 undergraduates, 274 Master's, and 37 PhD candidates will receive their degrees.
Jason Lars Deglint and Linda Yunzhi Wang will be recognized as University Finalists for the Alumni Gold Medal.
The Faculty of Engineering live virtual celebration is scheduled for 2:00 p.m. ET on October 24.
More than 185 Environment graduates are being celebrated this weekend. 99 undergraduates, 82 Master's, and 6 PhD candidates will receive their degrees.
Simar Kaur and Nichola Mercer will be recognized as University Finalists for the Alumni Gold Medal.
The Faculty of Environment live virtual celebration is scheduled for 12:30 p.m. ET on October 24.
More than 675 Mathematics graduates are being celebrated this weekend. 494 undergraduates, 157 Master's, and 28 PhD candidates will receive their degrees.
Nashid Shahriar will be awarded the University of Waterloo Alumni Gold Medal in recognition of his outstanding academic achievement in a doctoral program.
Ishan Bansal will be recognized as University Finalist for Alumni Gold Medal.
Yuyu Duan will be named winner of the James D. Leslie Undergraduate Prize, awarded to a student who has achieved a first-class standing and has earned at least half of the credits for their undergraduate degree through online courses.
Nicholas Joseph Emile Richardson will be recognized with the K. D. Fryer Gold Medal, awarded to a graduating Faculty of Mathematics student who best exemplifies academic excellence and good citizenship.
The Faculty of Mathematics live virtual celebration is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. ET on October 24.
More than 400 Science graduates are being celebrated this weekend. 335 undergraduates, 55 Master's, and 15 PhD candidates will receive their degrees.
Mohammad Roostaie and Shawna Leigh-Ann Semple will be recognized as University Finalists for the Alumni Gold Medal.
The Faculty of Science live virtual celebration is scheduled for 5:00 p.m. ET on October 24.
Family and friends of graduates, along with the entire UWaterloo community, are being asked to share their congratulatory messages online with stories, videos and social posts. Remember to share your UWaterloo pride on social media using #UWaterlooGrad or send a special message to our graduands on these virtual boards:
Though Convocation looks a little different this fall, it's worth remember that 20 years ago, in October 2000, the University of Waterloo broadcast its Convocation ceremonies online for the first time.
Meet the valedictorians of 2020
With the fall convocation celebration here, students will be receiving their personalized emails, complete with virtual greetings from the 2020 valedictorians. Here is a sneak peek of their heartfelt messages of celebration and congratulation.
These six students have been selected by their peers, in recognitions of their social and academic contributions to the Waterloo community. Meet the speakers that inspired the Class of 2020.
Reflecting on the Haldimand Treaty
A message from the Indigenous Initiatives Office.
The Haldimand Treaty is significant and affects everyone working and living in communities along the Grand River, including the University of Waterloo campus community. The Treaty has, and continues to, inform the relationship between the Six Nations and Grand River communities. This Sunday marks its 236th anniversary.
On October 25, 1784 Frederick Haldimand, then Captain General and Governor in Chief of the province of Quebec and Territories, on behalf of the British Crown, issued and signed a decree known as The Haldimand Treaty. The Haldimand Treaty of 1784 was granted in recognition of the Six Nations allyship to the British Crown in the American Revolution.
The history of events leading to and surrounding the Haldimand Treaty are well documented. The Six Nations of the Grand River have produced a number of booklets that includes a wealth of information, source documents, and listing of events surrounding the treaty and subsequent land claims. As we pass its 236th signing anniversary, become more familiar with the Haldimand Treaty of 1784 with this resource developed by Six Nations of the Grand River: Six Miles Deep: Land Rights of the Six Nations of the Grand River.
Treaties Recognition Week is scheduled for November 2 to 6, 2020; watch the Indigenous Initiatives Office website for events and resources planned each day.
The University's Board of Governors meets on Tuesday, October 27. The meeting will be held via Microsoft Teams video-conference. Guests are welcome to join the open session of the meeting. If you would like to attend the meeting as a guest observer please contact Emily Schroeder to request to join the meeting. All requests must be received by Monday, October 26 at 12:00 noon. The agenda is posted on the Board of Governors website.
Marketing and Undergraduate Recruitment (MUR) has put together a video that collects some facts and figures about the University into an engaging and entertaining experience:
Designed to give future students a highlight reel for the University, the facts range from the number of libraries on campus to the number of geese. And let's face it, geese are a key performance indicator at Waterloo.