A student having their photo taken at convocation

It's time to graduate. Congratulations!

It's a long journey to convocation and there are a few steps you need to take before you can get there. Review the following information and the University of Waterloo's Convocation website to make sure you cover all of your bases and get to graduation without any last-minute problems. 


Before you graduate...

1. Check the graduation checklist 

Visit the Registrar's Office Graduation and Convocation website to review the graduation checklist.

2. Take your graduation photos

Graduation photos are held in October and February for students graduating the following year:

I'm convocating in... I should take grad photos in...
June 2021 See below for a COVID-19 update
October 2021 See below for a COVID-19 update
June 2022 October 2021 or February 2022
October 2022 October 2021 or February 2022
June 2023 October 2022 or February 2023
October 2023 October 2022 or February 2023

COVID-19 update for the class of 2021 (Last updated June 3, 2021):

Grad photo registration is now open for Faculty of Health students! Any student graduating in 2021 can have their grad photos taken by New School Photography on a first-come, first serve basis. Sessions begin on June 14, 2021. To register:

  • Visit newschoolphotography.com and then click on "Register For A Photo Session" button.
  • Select "Engineering" as your faculty and then press continue.
  • Under the "Department" section on the user details page, select the department that correspods with your degree. Students are assured that “Faculty of Health” will be displayed on their composite.

If students are unable to attend a grad photo session, New School Photography invites you to submit a photo to them by emailing help@newschoolphotography.com. Please contact New School Photography for more information. The deadline for submitting photos is June 30, 2021. 

Please note that the fee for grad photos is $50.00. Graduating Health students must sign-up online with New School Photography to make an appointment for their grad photos. Students must have their photo taken by New School Photography or submit a photo to New School Photography in order to be included in their class composites.

All COVID-19 safety measures must be adhered to when taking your grad photos.

Group photos are not allowed this year due to COVID-19. Masks are mandatory on campus, and must be worn up until the time of your session. Please arrive no earlier than 10 minutes before your booked session.

3. Celebrate at Grad Class Send-Off

Thanks to all the graduating students who joined Dean Lili Liu, professors, and staff for a virtual celebration of the class of 2021! If you were unable to attend, you can watch the recording.

4. Participate in the #UWHealthGrad memories contest!

Show us how it started vs how it's going and you could win a UWaterloo diploma frame! The contest is open now and closes on June 10, 2021 at 9:00 p.m. EDT. To learn more about the contest and enter your submission, please visit the contest webpage.


Plan for your future

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Visit our future graduate students page to learn more. Not sure what career you might want to pursue? Check out the Graduation Statistics page to see what alumni from your program are doing.

Alumni Relations

Alumni Relations provides a variety of services to help you continue learning, save money, and connect with each other.

The UWaterloo alumni advantage gets you access to networking events, discounted travel and services, professional development opportunities and more.

The Alumni WatCard offers you access to UWaterloo online resources, appointments, and events.

Career development services

Alumni Career Advisors are available for appointments in person and by telephone.

CareerHub, an online career development guide, is available to all UWaterloo alumni.

As a UWaterloo alumnus, you can receive a discount on many of the non-credit courses and certificates offered by University of Waterloo Professional Development.

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