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 email@example.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.
Planning for Convocation
UWaterloo holds two convocation ceremonies each year - one in mid-June and the other in late October. Convocation information is available on the UWaterloo Convocation website, including gown and hood rental and important ceremony information.
The Faculty of Health convocation for spring 2021 will be hosted on Friday, June 18 at 1 P.M. (ET). Graduands, family, friends and the university community are invited to attend the live, online ceremony by registering here.
Ensure that you prepare yourself to convocate by reviewing the Convocation ceremony checklist prior to the ceremony.
Valedictorian nomination forms can be obtained by emailing Josh Edmondstone, Student Relations Officer.
Nominators must be members of the Health graduating class. Valedictorians are only selected for spring Convocation.
Health Alumni and Friends
Welcome to the Health Alumni community! Now that you are an alumni, you can find more information about what that entails here at Alumni and Friends. Health alumni have access to many Alumni services and benefits such as an Alumni WatCard, discounted travel and tickets, networking events and more.
Tell us your news!
We love to hear from alumni doing great things and often feature stories from our grads in Health Hub, the alumni website and our e-newsletter.
Send your stories, updates or comments to our Alumni Advancement Officer.
Sign up to UWaterloo's E-Community
Join the Alumni E-Community to receive discounts on attractions and sporting events, use the Alumni Directory to search for classmates or connect with other Waterloo alumni, and receive the monthly e-newsletter.
Keep in touch!
Plan for your future
|Health Graduate Studies||
Discover an exciting Master's degree in Public Health and Health Systems, Kinesiology, Recreation and Leisure Studies, Public Health, Health Informatics or Health Evaluation. With research or course-work options and offered online, in-class or blended – our Master’s programs offer a wide variety of study options.
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.
Employers seeking to hire UWaterloo graduates may post jobs on WaterlooWorks. To log on, use your WatIAM username and password.