Over the past week, our community came together to mark some significant milestones in the lives of our alumni and graduating students. More than 7,000 degrees, diplomas and certificates were awarded during 16 convocation ceremonies and 4 celebrations. Never before have we celebrated convocations for three classes – from 2020, 2021 and 2022 – in one week. Perhaps most significant was the opportunity to once again connect in person with our friends and colleagues. The connections and communities that we develop on our campuses and beyond are the foundation of what makes the University of Waterloo so special. 

Thank you to the many volunteers, staff and faculty who contributed to the success of convocation. Welcoming thousands of graduands, alumni and guests to our campus is no small feat, and from the conversations I had with our graduands and their families, it was very much appreciated. 

These celebratory events mark our continued return to in person activities after almost two and half years of disruption by the COVID-19 pandemic.  The week before convocation we were pleased to host in person the Alumni Reunion and the President’s Golf Tournament (in support of student athletes).   

I truly appreciate the contributions that everyone in our community has made as we have navigated these difficult times.  There have been moments that have been extremely challenging for many members of our community. You have demonstrated courage and resilience as we navigated difficult issues throughout this time.   

Given current public health trends, we can look forward to a summer where we can set aside much of our pandemic worries. While, teaching and research never stop on our campuses, I encourage each of you to take some time during the summer to relax and reflect on your many accomplishments over the past year (and throughout the pandemic). Make some time for you, your friends, family and loved ones. 

Thank you for everything you do for the University of Waterloo. 

Have a great summer.