Thousands of graduating engineering students cheered, laughed and shed a few tears as they crossed the stage at convocation to receive their engineering degrees from the University of Waterloo.
With family, friends and the Waterloo Engineering community in attendance, 1,408 undergraduate and 562 graduate students celebrated their academic successes across four convocation ceremonies.
“Each of you are coming to the end of an educational journey,”said Dr. Mary Wells, dean of Waterloo Engineering. that is unique to you and will begin the next journey – one that must likewise be tailored to suit you and rooted in who you are,” said Dean Mary Wells from the podium. “The mental resilience, versatility and academic ability you’ve honed at Waterloo will allow you to go forward confidently, knowing you can handle whatever comes next.”
Waterloo’s president and vice-chancellor Dr. Vivek Goel reinforced that our new graduates are “among the future leaders and change-makers who can help address the world’s largest crises and build a better future for humanity and our planet.”
Honorary doctorate recipients
Distinguished honorary degree recipients presented keynote addresses at the following convocation ceremonies:
- Dr. Cristina Amon - mechanical and mechatronics engineering
- Dr. Rola Dagher - electrical and computer engineering
- Dr. John Buzcott - civil and environmental engineering and management engineering
Governor General’s Gold Medal
Dr. Muhammed Shehryar Khan (PhD ’23, BASc ’18, mechanical and mechatronics engineering) is one of three Waterloo recipients of the Governor General’s Gold Medal. Presented each year at the spring convocation ceremony, this award is reserved for master’s and PhD students who have completed innovative research projects and whose work demonstrates exceptional promise.
Pearl Sullivan Global Emerging Leaders Award
Andrea Chakma (BASc ’23, mechanical engineering) is the 2023 Pearl Sullivan Emerging Global Leaders Award winner. This award celebrates an outstanding undergraduate student who has impacted the Waterloo Engineering community through their committed leadership, extracurricular involvement, volunteerism and academic excellence.
Named in honour and remembrance of Pearl Sullivan, former dean of Waterloo Engineering, this award provides catalyst funding for recent engineering alumni to continue their commitment to excellence, leadership and change for the common good as they embark on their future careers.
Ontario Professional Engineers Foundation for Education Gold Medal
Druxbury/Fisher Awards for Leadership
Alumni Gold Medal
Selected for his outstanding academic record and positive contributions to student life, Charles Yu (BASc’ 23, management engineering) is the 2023 alumni gold medal recipient for the Faculty of Engineering.