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:
Faculty of Health students graduating in 2021 can now sign up for grad photos throughout the month of December 2020! Grad photos will be taken at Fed Hall on a first-come, first serve basis. To sign up:
- Visit the New School Photography website
- Select "Register For A Photo Session"
- When selecting a Faculty, choose "University of Waterloo - Science" (Health and SCI grad photos are happening simultanously in Fed Hall throughout December, but the website is only built to show one Faculty name at a time. This will not impact your grad photos or your class composite - we know that you are in Health!)
- Enter your details and select your program
Please note that the sitting 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 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. If your current area is in the grey zone (or lockdown), please reschedule your grad photos for a later date. 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.
Check back in early 2021 for more information about a second grad photo session in March 2021.
3. Celebrate at Grad Formal
Help plan and/or attend your grad formal! If you are interested in helping out with the Grad Committee, contact Josh Edmondstone, Student Relations Officer.
The Health Grad Formal is held during your 4B (winter) term. Please check back in 2021 for additional information about Grad Formal plans in light of COVID-19.
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.
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.
Please check back in early 2021 for additional information.
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 News to You, the alumni website and our e-newsletter.
Send your stories, updates or comments to our Director of Advancement.
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.