You have been part of the Grebel community in some capacity over the course of your degree. Our records indicate that you are close to graduation! For this reason, we want to seize the opportunity to celebrate your achievement with you! We do this at our own Grebel Convocation celebration event (not meant to replace uWaterloo's formal convocation). This afternoon event includes a gathering in the Humanities Theatre for graduates, family and friends followed by a reception back at Grebel.
Two things will help with our planning and preparation…
Firstly, we are collecting information about our graduates. This information ensures that you will be listed in the program and moves you from the status of being a current student to an alumna (complete with perks of attending alumni events, etc). If you have or are completing your studies in Fall 2016, Winter 2017, Spring 2017 or Fall 2017, we would like to know. Please fill in the Convocation Form regardless of whether you plan to participate in Grebel’s Convocation event.
Secondly, if you do plan to participate in Grebel’s Convocation event, it will take place on April 9, 2017 at 2:00 pm in the Humanities Theatre in Hagey Hall. Please indicate on the Convocation form whether you plan to attend this event.
We will be sending out Convocation invitations on your behalf. Please indicate on the Convocation Form whom you would like us to invite. If you'd like to send out a 'save the date' to friends and family, you can find that information on our Save the date page.
To be considered for or to participate in the selection of Grebel's 2017 undergraduate Valedictorian, you must submit Grebel's Convocation form by February 26. Forms will continue to be collected until March 12 but after February 26 will not qualify for Valedictorian consideration or participation. On February 27, you will be notified of participating undergrads for the purpose of nominating a valedictorian. Nominations will close on March 1.
Further instructions about the day will follow in early April for those choosing to participate in this celebration of achievement.
Grebel’s Convocation event will take place at the Humanities Theatre in the Hagey Hall building on Sunday, April 9. Please read the information below. If you have any questions after reading this, please direct your questions to one of the contact people listed near the bottom of the page!
- Arrive at the Humanities Theatre no later than 1:15 pm, April 9, 2017. Please understand that we only have 40 minutes to ready about 80 grads so being on time is important! Pam Bartel, Alison Enns and Claudia Van Decker will be assisting you.
- Free parking is available in the Grebel Parking Lot. As most of you know it is between a 5-10 minute walk. Accessible and regular parking is also available in the Uwaterloo’s Lot H which is much closer to the theatre - $5 coin entry.
- Should your guests require transportation to the Humanities Theatre there will be drop off maps available from a parking monitor stationed in the Grebel parking lot. Please drop off your guests and then return your car to the Grebel parking lot or Lot H.
- The doors to the Humanities Theatre will open at 1:40 pm. so your family need to wait in the Foyer area.
- The gathering room will be locked while we are in the Theatre. However, it would be best to leave valuables with your family.
- Meet in Room HH180 (the black room) by 1:15 pm. During this time 5 things will happen
i. Get your “name card.”
ii. Get a graduation robe.
iii. Get a Program
iv. Line-up in alphabetical order for the procession.
v. Marlene Epp, Dean and Mary Brubaker-Zehr, Director of Student Services will be checking in with each of you in the processional line-up. The Dean will clarify the pronunciation of your name at this time.
- At 2:00 pm, Faculty and Administrators will process into the Theatre first. Students will follow and be seated in reserved seating. If you are a Choir member, you will not process and sit with your fellow students, but with the Choir. During the Recognition of Undergraduates, we ask that you slip into your place in the “Student Convocation” line.
- During the presentation/recognition of Undergrads you will be asked to give one sentences about what your immediate future holds – i.e. What are you doing this summer or this coming year.
- Following the program there will be a group photo. You are to remain in your seat for the stage to be cleared and then you will be called in various groups for the photo.
- After the photo session at the end of the formal Convocation celebration, return your gown to either Room HH180 or in the Atrium at Grebel. Make sure your name is marked off as having returned the gown. If you do not return the gown, you will be charged $50.00.
- Return to Conrad Grebel for the Reception held for you and your guests in your honour.
We are looking forward to celebrating your achievements with you.
If someone you know is planning to graduate and they haven’t received an email from Pam Bartel (Residence/Associate); Claudia Van Decker (Music), Rachel Reist (PACS), Kelly Brown (MPACS) or Birgit Moscinski or Melodie Sherk (MTS) have them contact their respective Administrative Assistant or let one of us know to contact them.