Waterloo holds virtual convocation ceremonies

For the first time in its history, the University of Waterloo invited new graduates of 2020 to celebrate convocation virtually with friends
and family due to the global pandemic.

Graduating students received their diplomas and certificates by mail along with a personalized video by email on the day of their faculty’s
virtual convocation.

“I wish I had a chance to say these things to you personally, but I hope that we’ll get that chance soon,” said Feridun Hamdullahpur, president and vice-chancellor of the University of Waterloo. “In the meantime, be very proud of your accomplishments. Look at the world and say, ‘This world needs me, and I will be there as a very proud University of Waterloo graduate.’ Congratulations!”

Graduating students also gained access to a digital “convocation kit” that included Waterloo-branded digital banners, lawn signs, frames and backgrounds for online calls to help celebrate their achievements. They also had the opportunity to share photos and videos capturing their celebrations using Instagram filters and GIFs created by University staff. 

Celebrate with the Class of 2020! Watch this special video from alumni all around the world.


A sign of things to come

waterloo signStudents, faculty and staff who are part of the safe and gradual return to our campuses will notice there is a new wayfinding system on campus.

The first phase of the campus wayfinding project includes the University’s south, east and north campuses with new signs in front of student residences, buildings, parking lots and main points along Ring Road.

The new signs are designed to create a positive arrival and navigation experience by helping people reach their destinations quickly and confidently. The co-ordinated system integrates pedestrian and vehicle wayfinding with public transit and parking.

Each year the program will expand, adding further components until completion. The program will contribute to a consistent, reliable and positive experience for students, faculty, staff and visitors. 

W Store sells Waterloo non-medical face masks

face masksThe W Store is selling much-anticipated University of Waterloo and Waterloo Warriors non-medical face masks. These reusable masks feature
two layers of tightly woven fabric and loop around ears for a secure fit. The moisture-wicking fabric is washable and breathable and the masks are available in both Waterloo and Warriors designs.

A non-medical mask can reduce the spread of the wearer’s respiratory droplets to others, but wearing one in public is not a replacement for following proven measures such as hand washing, physical distancing and staying home if you are feeling unwell.

It is important to follow safety protocols for using a non-medical mask. Please visit the Government of Canada’s guide, “How to safely use a non-medical mask or face covering” at Canada.ca.