Celebrating achievement: Waterloo’s 105th Convocation
Convocation is an exciting time when special guests, family and friends are welcomed from across the globe to celebrate academic achievement and excellence at our University.
Convocation is an exciting time when special guests, family and friends are welcomed from across the globe to celebrate academic achievement and excellence at our University.By Tasha Glover Graduate Studies Office
This fall marks University of Waterloo’s 105th convocation. Convocation is an opportunity for members of the University and guests to gather and celebrate the achievements of our graduates, as well as the accomplishments of those receiving honorary degrees and awards. Honorary degrees are awarded to those who have been designated by the Senate (the university’s governing body) as deserving a special honor.
Waterloo’s tradition of convocation has a history dating back 700 years to the Middle Ages, when monks were considered the scholars of society. The hoods and gowns which make up the academic regalia at convocation today represent the hoods and cloaks worn by the monk scholars of the past. The hoods are decorated with colors and designs to identify the program of study or degree from which the student graduates, and each color/design is university specific.
During the 105th convocation, over 1170 undergraduate, 660 master’s and 109 doctoral degrees will be awarded. Convocation ceremonies are organized by faculty and will take place over two days, Friday October 19 and Saturday October 20. Students from the Faculties of Applied Health Sciences and Science will graduate at 10am on Friday followed by the 2:30pm ceremony for the Faculties of Environment and Mathematics. The Faculty of Arts is scheduled for the 10am convocation on Saturday, with the Faculty of Engineering convocation to follow, at 2:30pm.
For detailed information about convocation ceremonies (directions, parking, seating, robe rental, etc.) graduates and their guests may refer to the convocation website.
Join us to celebrate the tradition of convocation at Waterloo!
The University of Waterloo acknowledges that much of our work takes place on the traditional territory of the Neutral, Anishinaabeg and Haudenosaunee peoples. Our main campus is situated on the Haldimand Tract, the land granted to the Six Nations that includes six miles on each side of the Grand River. Our active work toward reconciliation takes place across our campuses through research, learning, teaching, and community building, and is centralized within our Office of Indigenous Relations.