About to graduate

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 2024 October 2023 or February 2024
October 2024 February 2024
June 2025 October 2024 or February 2025
October 2025 February 2025

Information for Class of 2024:

Registration for 2024 Grad photo sessions is open for Faculty of Health students in fall term. Any student graduating in 2024 (Spring or Fall Convocation) can have their grad photos taken by New School Photography on a first-come, first serve basis. New dates will be added to the system as it fills. Additional dates will be available in winter 2024. To register:

Students can also submit a photo of themselves to New School Photography to be included on their 2024 class composite! This option is for students who are living away from Waterloo and are unable to take grad photos.  Please contact help@newschoolphotography.com for more details.

Please note that composites are now digital. The fee for grad photos is $50.00 and includes a 10-15 minute grad photo session, an online gallery of low resolution/watermarked proof images, and a high resolution digital class composite. 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 digital class composites.

Please arrive no earlier than 10 minutes before your booked session.

Valedictorian nomination

Class of 2024 Valedictorian nomination forms can be obtained by emailing Vivienne Hang, Student Relations Officer at the beginning of the winter 2024 term. Self-nomination is permitted. The selected valedictorian will be requested to provide a short toast to the graduating class at Grad Class Send-Off.

Nominators must be members of the Health graduating class. Valedictorians are only selected for spring Convocation. 

Grad Class Send-Off

All Faculty of Health undergraduate students graduating in 2024 (June or October convocation) will be invited to attend Grad Class Send Off happening in March 2024 (date TBD). This event is an opportunity for you to look back on your time in the Faculty of Health and celebrate your hard work and accomplishments.

Keep an eye out on this page in the new year for updates about how to register for this event!


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.

Ensure that you prepare yourself to convocate by reviewing the Convocation ceremony checklist prior to the ceremony.

Stay connected!

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.

Centre for Career Development, an online career development guide, is available to all UWaterloo alumni.

As a UWaterloo alumnus, you can receive a 20% discount on many of the non-credit courses and certificates offered by University of Waterloo Professional Development.

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