UPDATE: As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, the University of Waterloo is taking steps to limit the spread of the virus in our community. With caution and concern for our alumni, your class Reunion will be virtual. While we can’t reconnect in the way we planned in person on campus, we hope you will join us for a future Reunion on campus.
Welcome to your 50-year class reunion!
The 50-year anniversary class reunion in 2021 is for the Waterloo Engineering class of 1971.
You will find detailed information about your upcoming Golden Anniversary reunion on these pages - or see the official invitation (coming soon!). We hope that you will be able to tune into this milestone reunion to reconnect with your classmates, your professors, your Faculty, and your University and we're making it very special.
Browse this page to learn all about your reunion, or choose a link to go directly to:
Saturday, June 5, 2021
Reunion Update and Lecture with Professor Larry Smith
1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Alumni of the Faculty of Engineering are invited to celebrate their milestone Class Reunions virtually on June 5, 2021 at Alumni Weekend! A schedule of fun virtual events is planned to help you reconnect with your engineering and architecture classmates and engage with what's happening on campus. Programming includes a brief update from Mary Wells, the Dean of Engineering, and the legendary professor Larry Smith will deliver one of his famous economics addresses to help you feel like a student all over again.
Engineering Class Reunion Schedule
1:00 pm – 1:15 pm: Welcome and Update from Dean of Engineering Mary Wells
1:15 pm – 2:15 pm: Reunion Lecture with professor Larry Smith
2:15 pm – 2:30 pm: Virtual tour of campus and nostalgic slideshow
Professor Larry Smith
BA 1968, Economics
MA 1975, Economics
“Post Pandemic: Economic Opportunities and Dangers Ahead”
As vaccination gives us herd immunity, will the economic revival be as rapid as expected, or will the economy surge and then quickly fade? Are planned government spending levels sustainable or imprudent? Do we face stock market or real estate bubbles about to burst? Is the spectre of inflation about the rise from the grave? Or has technology changed the economic dynamic beyond recognition?
See the legendary Professor Larry Smith deliver one of his famous addresses. You'll feel like a student all over again.
Can't wait to hear Prof. Smith speak at Reunion? Check out his outrageously popular TEDxUW talk, "Why you will fail to have a great career", which has over 7 million views.
50-year Virtual Iron Ring Ceremony: Obligation Renewal
2:15 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Sanctioned by Camp 15 Waterloo of the Iron Ring Wardens, this special virtual Iron Ring obligation renewal ceremony is exclusively for the Waterloo Engineering Classes of 1971 and 1996 to celebrate your golden and silver anniversaries!
Please Note: Depending on the COVID-19 public health measures and possible Orders in effect at this time in June, the ceremony may be postponed. We will notify anyone who has registered if the ceremony has been postpone.
Alumni Weekend Happy Hour Box
Available while supplies last. Available to Ontario residents only. *SOLD OUT*
The Alumni Happy Hour Box is back with a refreshing summer twist. Crack open a cold one and bring it to your balcony, yard, patio—wherever you can enjoy the weather. The Happy Hour Box has everything you need to keep your beverages cold, your thirst quenched and your Warrior spirit alive!
Beer Box - $25
Non-alcoholic Beer Box - $20
Shipping is included in the cost.
*Beer types are subject to change based on availability.
Shipping is included in the cost.
*Non-alcoholic beer types are subject to change based on availability.
Gifts and Apparel
Celebrate your class reunion with University of Waterloo alumni branded gifts and apparel from the W Store. Participate in your class reunion in style, even when it's virtual!
Note: HST #R119260685
If you have any questions about your reunion, please email or call 519.888.4567 ext. 37827. (Note: as of March 17, 2020, due to employees working from home as mandated by the University, we will not be able to return phone calls and/or messages left on this extension until workers return to the office. Please email for the fastest response.)
Online registration is open!
Make a Gift
The anniversary of your class reunion provides an excellent opportunity to support your alma mater in a way that is personally meaningful to you. Thank you for taking the time to consider making a gift in support of the future engineer in honour of your reunion!