Friday, October 21, 2022

2,636 degrees of Convocation

The University of Waterloo's mace.

More than 2,500 graduands will receive more than 2,600 degrees during the University of Waterloo's 125th Convocation. Degrees and diplomas will be conferred across a total of four ceremonies on October 21 and 22.

There will be two ceremonies happening each day in the Physical Activities Complex, with a morning ceremony at 10:00 a.m. and an afternoon ceremony at 2:30 p.m.

Ted Batke and Arthur Cowan in their academic regalia with the Lester Street Water Tower in the background.Convocation ceremonies have a long and storied tradition dating back centuries to the earliest institutions of higher learning, and Waterloo has joined in this tradition every year since the institution's first convocation ceremony in 1960 (at right, Ted Batke, the University's first vice-president, academic and Arthur Cowan, founding member of the Physics department prepare to participate in Waterloo's inaugural Convocation ceremony).

The most impressive part of the ceremony may be the academic procession that begins it. The graduating students will come in first, after which faculty members enter walking two by two, followed by University officials, all in their academic finery. Near the end of the procession, a selected faculty member will carry the mace, a traditional symbol of the University’s authority. The final party to arrive is the Chancellor’s party. The Chancellor is the ceremonial head of the University of Waterloo who presides over convocation ceremonies every June and October and awards all degrees, diplomas and certificates, including honorary degrees. The Chancellor addresses graduands and inspires them at these ceremonies.

As the academic procession enters the gymnasium with the key players mounting the stage, the audience will rise and remain standing as they join Michael Klein in the singing of our national anthem.

At each ceremony, Vivek Goel, President and Vice-Chancellor, will provide a territorial acknowledgment, and introduce the Indigenous opening, which includes traditional drumming and remarks by Myeengun Henry, Indigenous Knowledge Keeper.

At the conclusion of each ceremony, President Goel will provide closing remarks, Myeengun Henry will provide an Indigenous closing, and Chancellor Dominic Barton will adjourn convocation.

The convocation ceremonies will be livestreamed on YouTube.

Faculties of Health, Science and Mathematics take the stage today

Science graduands in 2012 sit in the Physical Activities Complex.

Morning ceremony

This morning, the Faculty of Health and Faculty of Science will have a joint ceremony beginning at 10:00 a.m.

For the Faculty of Health, 75 undergraduates, 231 master's and 13 PhD candidates will receive their degrees. For the Faculty of Science, 349 undergraduates, 62 master's and 21 PhD candidates will cross the stage.

Dr. Trevor Charles of the Biology department will bear the mace.

Lili Liu, Dean, Faculty of Health, and Bob Lemieux, Dean, Faculty of Science, will address convocation.

Russell Tupling, Chair, Department of Kinesiology and Health, will present Richard Hughson for conferment of the title Distinguished Professor Emeritus. Hughson was a professor in the Department of Kinesiology from 1977 to 2021 and is currently the Senior Director of Research and a Schlegel Research Chair in Vascular Aging and Brain Health at the Schlegel–UW Research Institute for Aging. He is internationally regarded for pioneering work on human cardiovascular adaptations to exercise and cardiovascular responses to long-term microgravity environments. He has influenced a generation of scholars, publishing over 270 scientific papers and mentoring over 60 graduate students. Dr. Hughson is a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences and was recently named a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in 2022.

Dr. Hughson will address convocation.

Afternoon ceremony

This afternoon at 2:30 p.m., the Faculty of Mathematics ceremony will take place. 377 undergraduates, 191 master's, and 17 PhD candidates will receive their degrees and diplomas.

Dr. Mu Zhu of Statistics and Actuarial Science will bear the University's mace.

Adam Kolkiewicz, Associate Professor, Statistics and Actuarial Science, will present Claudia Klüppelberg for the admission to the degree of Doctor of Mathematics, honoris causa. Klüppelberg received her doctorate from the University of Mannheim in 1987. She is known for her fundamental contributions to extreme value theory and its applications to real-life problems. Her research interests combine various disciplines of applied probability theory and statistics with applications in biological, economic and technical risks. In addition to more than 150 publications in scientific journals, Dr. Klüppelberg has coauthored the book Modeling Extremal Events for Insurance and Finance, which is currently in its tenth printing. She is a member of the Editorial Board of the Springer Finance book series, a Medallion Lecturer, and an elected Fellow of the Institute of Mathematical Statistics (IMS).

Claudia Klüppelberg will address convocation.

Mark Giesbrecht, Dean, Faculty of Mathematics, will address convocation, followed by the conferment of degrees, after which Ehrin Victoria Turkovich will deliver the valedictory address.

Faculties of Arts, Engineering and Environment will celebrate Saturday

Engineering convocation ceremony in the PAC showing the brightly lit stage.

Morning ceremony

On Saturday, October 21, the Faculty of Arts ceremony will commence at 10:00 a.m. 319 undergraduates, 317 master's, and 14 PhD candidates will cross the stage to receive their degrees.

Dr. Anindya Sen of Economics will bear the University's mace.

Sheila Ager, Dean of the Faculty of Arts, will present Katrina Di Gravio for the conferment of the title Honorary Member of the University. In 1980, Katrina Di Gravio joined Human Resources at the University of Waterloo and later became Director of Organizational and Human Development, a new unit providing professional development and learning opportunities for all employees. Di Gravio’s passion, vision, and commitment to training and development are evident through her work on establishing the annual Waterloo Staff Conference and numerous certificate programs and courses. Also, among her key contributions, Di Gravio established Waterloo’s Principles of Inclusivity and developed the award-winning seven-part Principles of Inclusivity certificate program. She retired in April of 2021 after more than 40 years of service to the University of Waterloo.

David DeVidi, Associate Vice-President, Academic, will present Gerry Remers for the admission to the degree of Doctor of Letters, honoris causa. Gerry Remers is the past president and chief operating officer of Christie Digital from 1994 to 2016 – a company synonymous with technological innovation and a leader in inclusion and diversity. Christie Digital was a significant factor behind Waterloo’s preeminence in the digital economy. Remers has served on numerous local, provincial, and national boards, including the Board of Governors at the University of Waterloo (2009–2016), which have benefitted from his commitment to community, innovation, and human capital. In 2015, he was recognized with
the Waterloo Region Record Barnraiser Award.

Gerry Remers will address convocation.

Sheila Ager, Dean, Faculty of Arts, will address convocation before the conferment of degrees.

Upkar Arora, School of Accounting and Finance will receive the Distinguished Teacher Award.

Afternoon ceremony

At 2:30 p.m. tomorrow afternoon, the Faculty of Engineering and Faculty of Environment will have a joint ceremony beginning at 2:30 p.m. For the Faculty of Engineering, 93 undergraduates, 306 master's and 41 PhD candidates will receive their degrees. For the Faculty of Environment, 91 undergraduates, 72 master's, and 11 PhD candidates will cross the stage.

Dr. Jean Andrey of Geography and Environmental Management will bear the University's mace.

Carl Haas, Chair, Civil and Environmental Engineering, will present Donald Burn for conferment of the title Distinguished Professor Emeritus. For over 35 years, Donald Burn has helped to establish Waterloo as a destination for top engineering talent. His landmark hydrological and water resource models, particularly those related to the impacts of climate change, have had a lasting impact on the field. In addition to his research contributions, Dr. Burn has developed and delivered many new courses in water-related areas and has greatly expanded graduate offerings in civil and environmental engineering. He has also served in several administrative leadership roles, including Acting Chair and Associate Chair, Graduate Studies, where he helped build research capacity, graduate enrollment, and education.

Michael Collins, Chair, Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering, will present Carolyn Hansson for conferment of the title Distinguished Professor Emerita. Throughout her 25-year career at the University of Waterloo, Carolyn Hansson has dramatically enhanced the University of Waterloo’s reputation. From 1996–2000, she served as Waterloo’s Vice-President, University Research, following thirty years of exemplary academic and industry research in the United States, United Kingdom, Denmark, and Canada, helping to establish Waterloo’s legacy of research excellence and innovation. She has made significant contributions to materials science, specifically our understanding of how various phenomena affect the properties of different structural materials. Dr. Hansson is the recipient of many prestigious awards and distinctions, including induction as a Member of the Order of Canada and election as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.

Mario Ioannidis, Chair, Chemical Engineering, will present Raymond Legge for conferment of the title Distinguished Professor Emeritus. Raymond Legge’s exemplary scholarship, teaching, and service to the Department of Chemical Engineering and the University of Waterloo extend over 37 years. He has made ground-breaking contributions to the development of biosensors, environmental monitoring and remediation, green bioprocesses, and water treatment and monitoring. Deeply committed to improving engineering education, Dr. Legge has served on over 50 committees within his department and across the university, including several undergraduate task forces. In his roles as Associate Chair, Associate Dean, and Assistant Vice-President Graduate Studies, he has helped shape the engineering curriculum and elevate Waterloo to one of the most prominent engineering schools in the world. During his career, he taught over 7,000 students and received the Sandford Fleming Foundation Teaching Excellence Award on two occasions.

Paul Fieguth, Associate Dean, Resources and Planning, will introduce Mark Weber, Eyton Director of the Conrad School of Entrepreneurship and Business, to address convocation. Weber is the Eyton Director of the Conrad School and Professor of Management and Organizations. Prior to joining the faculty of the University of Waterloo, Mark served on faculty and taught courses on leadership, negotiations and organizational behavior to students at the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto, the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University, INSEAD and at the Ross School of Business, University of Michigan. Mark’s research focuses on leadership, cooperation, negotiations, decision-making, and trust. He consults extensively and has provided training to executives and professionals in the automotive, education, healthcare, pharmaceutical, broadcast media, entertainment, telecommunications, professional services, and financial services industries, and in government at all levels.

Mark Weber will address convocation.

Paul Fieguth, Associate Dean, Resources and Planning in the Faculty of Engineering will address convocation and Bruce Frayne, Dean, Faculty of Environment, will address convocation prior to the conferment of degrees in the corresponding faculty.

Paul McKone of the Department of Knowledge Integration will receive the Distinguished Teacher Award.

Jacqueline Noder will be named the University Finalist for the Alumni Gold Medal at the Doctoral Level.

Charbel Azzi will receive the Amit and Meena Chakma Award for Exceptional Teaching by a Student.

Ashley Ching Chan will receive the departmental Distinguished Academic Achievement award in Geography and Aviation.

Staff Enhancement Experience Canada grant program returns this fall

A message from Human Resources.

After a two-year hiatus,  Human Resources is pleased to announce that the Staff Enhancement Experience (SEE) Canada grant program is back!  The program is a chance for University of Waterloo staff to enhance their professional development through idea-exchange and learning alongside counterparts at other universities, colleges, or research institutions.  The SEE Canada Grant is currently accepting applications for Winter 2023.

If you are interested in exploring this opportunity, Human Resources is hosting two information sessions—one virtual and a second in-person brown bag lunch—on the staff work-travel opportunities available to you using this program. Attendees will learn about the SEE Canada Grant and have an opportunity to hear from a previous grant recipient about their experience. A question-and-answer period will help you identify how this program can be used for your own professional development needs.

To register, select the date with the method (virtual or in-person) that you would prefer:




Monday, October 24, 2022

12 noon – 12:45 pm

East Campus 5 – Room 1111

Friday, November 4, 2022

12 noon – 12:45 pm

Virtually hosted

Visit the SEE Canada Grant for more information about the program and past recipients. If you have questions about the SEE Grant or about the information sessions above, please e-mail

We look forward to connecting with you about this great opportunity. Remember: If you attend the in-person session, don't forget to bring your lunch.

A note about travel: The University strives to provide a safe environment for employees whether they are on campus or travelling. Should any changes occur in the University travel policy due to health restrictions, sponsored travel for this program will be postponed until a later date. University travellers are strongly encouraged to assess risks prior to travel and employ safe practices during travel.

Friday's notes

Human Resources notes that on Wednesday this week, an open job position, Job ID# 2022-9347 - Faculty Financial Officer – Environment, USG 10, was mistakenly listed as a permanent full-time role, when it should have been listed as a secondment/internal temporary opportunity. We regret the error.

    Keeping Well at Work banner.

    Here's today's Keeping Well at Work Daily Inspiration:

    Need a good stretch and a way to have fun with your colleagues? 

    We all do. Try the Unwind Flow Yoga featured in the link, by UWaterloo's very own Amanda Brown.

    Who knows? You may start a healthy workplace habit that adds fun, endurance and wonderful new connections to your workday.  

    Beyond the Bulletin Episode 141

    Beyond the Bulletin Podcast logo featuring two vintage microphones.

    The latest episode of the Beyond the Bulletin Podcast is now live. Professor Christine McWebb, the director of the Stratford School of Interaction Design and Business, looks at its history and future as we mark its tenth anniversary. President Goel discussed recent in-person events and an overview of Waterloo at 100 at the President's Forum. Waterloo celebrates its 125th convocation. And it’s Zero Waste Month.

    Link of the day

    Rambo: First Blood at 40: exploring its Canadian connection

    When and Where to get support

    Students can visit the Student Success Office online for supports including academic development, international student resources, immigration consulting, leadership development, exchange and study abroad, and opportunities to get involved.

    Instructors looking for targeted support for developing online components for blended learning courses, transitioning remote to fully online courses, revising current online courses, and more please visit Agile Development | Centre for Extended Learning | University of Waterloo (

    Instructors can access the EdTech Hub to find support on Waterloo’s centrally supported EdTech tools. The Hub is supported by members of IST’s Instructional Technologies and Media ServicesCentre for Teaching ExcellenceCentre for Extended Learning and subject matter experts from other campus areas.

    Supports are available for employees returning to campus. Visit IST’s Hybrid Work and Technology guidelines and workplace protocols to assist with the transition.

    Students with permanent, temporary and suspected disabilities and disabling conditions (medical conditions, injuries, or trauma from discrimination, violence, or oppression) can register with AccessAbility Services for academic accommodations (classroom accommodations, testing accommodations, milestone accommodations).

    Instructors can visit AccessAbility Services' Faculty and Staff web page for information about the Instructor/Faculty role in the accommodation process. Instructors/Faculty members are legally required to accommodate students with disabilities. AccessAbility Services (AAS) is here to help you understand your obligations, and to offer services and resources to help you facilitate accommodations.

    The Writing and Communication Centre has in-person and virtual services to support grad and undergrad students, postdocs and faculty with any writing or communication project. Services include one-to-one appointmentsdrop-ins at Dana Porter Libraryonline workshopswriting groupsEnglish conversation practice, and custom in-class workshops.  

    Co-op students can get help finding a job and find supports to successfully work remotely, develop new skills, access wellness and career information, and contact a co-op or career advisor.

    The Centre for Career Action (CCA) has services and programs to support undergrads, grad students, postdocs, alumni, and employees in figuring out what they value, what they’re good at, and how to access meaningful work, co-op, volunteer, or graduate/professional school opportunities. Questions about CCA's services? Live chat, call 519-888-4047, or stop by our front desk in the Tatham Centre 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday.

    Drop-in to in-person Warrior Study Halls on Thursdays from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in DC and DP. Join a Peer Success Coach to set goals and work independently or in groups each week.

    Renison's English Language Institute continues to offer virtual events and workshops to help students practice their English language skills.

    If you feel overwhelmed or anxious and need to talk to somebody, please contact the University’s Campus Wellness services, either Health Services or  Counselling Services. You can also contact the University's Centre for Mental Health Research and TreatmentGood2Talk is a post-secondary student helpline available to all students.

    The Library is here to help, both in person and online. Our spaces are open for access to book stacks, study space, computers and printers, and the IST Help Desk. For in-depth support, meet one-to-one with Librarians, Special Collections & Archives and Geospatial Centre staff. Access our resources online for anywhere, anytime learning and research. Full details on current services and hours are available on the Library’s COVID-19 Update webpage.

    The Faculty Association of the University of Waterloo (FAUW) continues to advocate for its members. Check out the FAUW blog for more information.

    The University of Waterloo Staff Association (UWSA) continues to advocate for its members. Check out the UWSA blog for more information.

    The Sexual Violence Prevention and Response Office (SVPRO) supports all members of the University of Waterloo campus community who have experienced, or been impacted, by sexual violence. This includes all students, staff, faculty and visitors on the main campus, the satellite campuses, and at the affiliated and federated Waterloo Institutes and Colleges. For support, email: or visit the SVPRO website.

    The Office of Indigenous Relations is a central hub that provides guidance, support, and resources to all Indigenous and non-Indigenous campus community members and oversees the University's Indigenization strategy.

    The Waterloo Indigenous Student Centre, based at United College, provides support and resources for Indigenous students, and educational outreach programs for the broader community, including lectures, and events.

    WUSA supports for students:

    Peer support - MATESGlow CentreRAISEWomen’s Centre - Click on one of the links to book an appointment either in person or online for the term.

    Food Support Service food hampers are currently available from the Turnkey Desk 24/7 in the Student Life Centre. Drop-off locations are also open again in SLC, DC, DP, SCH, and all residences.

    Co-op Connection all available online. 

    Centre for Academic Policy Support - CAPS is here to assist Waterloo undergraduates throughout their experience in navigating academic policy in the instances of filing petitions, grievances and appeals. Please contact them at

    WUSA Student Legal Protection Program - Seeking legal counsel can be intimidating, especially if it’s your first time facing a legal issue. The legal assistance helpline provides quick access to legal advice in any area of law, including criminal. Just call 1-833-202-4571

    Empower Me is a confidential mental health and wellness service that connects students with qualified counsellors 24/7. They can be reached at 1-833-628-5589.

    GSA-UW supports for graduate students: 

    The Graduate Student Association (GSA-UW) supports students’ academic and social experience and promotes their well-being.

    Advising and Support - The GSA advises graduate students experiencing challenges and can help with navigating university policies & filing a grievance, appeal, or petition.

    Mental Health covered by the Health Plan - The GSA Health Plan now has an 80 per cent coverage rate (up to $800/year) for Mental Health Practitioners. Your plan includes coverage for psychologists, registered social workers, psychotherapists, and clinical counselors.

    Dental Care - The GSA Dental Plan covers 60 to 70 per cent of your dental costs and by visiting dental professionals who are members of the Studentcare Networks, you can receive an additional 20 to 30 per cent coverage.

    Student Legal Protection Program - Your GSA fees give you access to unlimited legal advice, accessible via a toll-free helpline: +1-833-202-4571. This advice covers topics including housing disputes, employment disputes, and disputes with an academic institution.

    The Graduate House: Open Monday to Tuesday 11:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and Wednesday to Friday 11:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. We’re open to all students, faculty, staff, and community members. The Graduate House is a community space run by the GSA-UW. We’re adding new items to the menu. Graduate students who paid their fees can get discounts and free coffee.

    When and Where 

    Warriors vs. Laurier Blood Donation Battle. Join our “Waterloo Warriors” team on the website or app. #ItsInYouToGive

    Warriors Game Day Tickets and Season Passes, on sale now. Cheer on your Warriors W/M Basketball, Football W/M Hockey and W/M Volleyball teams at home during the 2022-23 season. Purchase today.

    Zero Waste Month campaign, Monday, October 17 to Monday, October 31.

    NEW - NRC-UW Collaboration Opportunities: Scaling up AI, Cybersecurity, and IoT Projects and Funding, Friday, October 21, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., hybrid event, EC5 3167.

    Knowledge Integration seminar: “The Interdisciplinary nature of Technical Sales”, featuring speaker Yanish Jutton, BKI'16Senior Solutions Engineer at Groupby Inc, Friday, October 21, 2:30 p.m., EV3-1408.

    Fall 2022 Convocation, Friday, October 21 and Saturday, October 22.

    Warriors Women’s Hockey Home Opener vs. Toronto, Saturday, October 22, 2:30 p.m., CIF Arena. Residence Day, Parent Day, THRIVE event. Purchase Tickets.

    Waterloo at 100 faculty consultation, Monday, October 24, 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., in-person meeting (registration required).

    NEW - Staff Enhancement Experience (SEE) Canada Grant Information Session, Monday, October 24, 12 noon.

    NEW - IQC Talk: Actions to Advance Equity, Diversity and Inclusion in Science, Monday, October 24, 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., virtual.

    NEW - UW Staff Board Foundations workshop via MS Teams, Monday, October 24, 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Session 004 Registration Link.

    NEW - Startup Story with Vena Medical, Tuesday, October 25, 12:00 noon to 1:00 p.m., MC 2037.

    NEW - Research Talks – Changing health disparities: Affording people in the community fair and equitable opportunities to be healthy, Tuesday, October 25, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Abe Erb, Uptown Waterloo.

    Graham Seed Fund launch event, Monday, October 31, 12:00 noon to 1:00 p.m., Enterprise Theatre (EC5, Room 1111). Please register by Tuesday, October 25. 

    PhD oral defences

    Earth and Environmental Sciences. Xinze Lu, “Early Paleozoic Ocean Redox Dynamics: Perspectives from Uranium Isotopes of Sedimentary Rocks.” Supervisor, Brian Kendall. Please visit the Faculty of Science Thesis Submission Notices website for details on requesting a copy. Oral defence Wednesday, October 26, 10:00 a.m., remote.

    Physics & Astronomy. Kaveh Gharavi, “Superconducting Proximity Effect in Nanowire Josephson Junctions.” Supervisor, Jonathan Baugh. Please visit the Faculty of Science Thesis Submission Notices website for details on requesting a copy. Oral defence Thursday, October 27, 1:00 p.m., PHY 352.

    Biology. Julia Sunga, “The role of social preferences in the organization of a gregarious mammal colony.” Supervisor, Hugh Broders. Please visit the Faculty of Science Thesis Submission Notices website for details on requesting a copy. Oral defence Friday, November 4, 9:30 a.m., STC room 2002 and remote via Teams.

    Statistics and Actuarial Science. Yechao Meng, "Mortality Prediction using Statistical Learning Approaches." Supervisors, Liqun Diao, Chengguo Weng. Thesis available from MGO - Oral defence Friday, November 4, 6:00 p.m., online.