As 2023 draws to a close, we cannot forget what a challenging year it was for us as an institution and a community.  All too often, especially when significant events capture the public’s attention, how we are perceived is shaped by what others say about us.  So that no one defines us but ourselves, we asked our community: What is the University of Waterloo made of?  

The responses I heard were as inspiring, creative and heartfelt as the people who make up the University of Waterloo.

We are many things. But most importantly, we are a community.    
As we approach 2024 and look forward to the promise of a new year, let’s remind the world, and each other, exactly who we are and what we’re made of. 
Thank you for being part of our community.  
I wish you all a joyful and restful holiday break, and I look forward to seeing you in the new year.  

Vivek Goel
President and Vice-Chancellor
Office of the President

2023 communications to graduate students