Graduation Luncheon & Ceremony

The Planning Graduation Luncheon & Ceremony is an important tradition in the School as we give our graduates a memorable farewell and the opportunity to gather once more with classmates, staff and faculty.

Graduation luncheonOur 2017 graduates, their families, friends, and supporters enjoying lunch during the Graduation Luncheon & Ceremony.

group photoGroup class photo of our 2017 graduates

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This event is also an opportunity for graduands to be presented with their School of Planning ring.  An invitation is extended in early spring to all upcoming graduates.

The School of Planning is proud to offer its students a School Ring! The ring was originally designed by three students in the first graduating class in 1969.

The ring is available to all graduating undergraduate and graduate students in latinum and is to be worn on the small finger.

A description of the symbols on the ring are:Planning ring.

  • The frame of the symbol is a rectangle to indicate that a planner should always be concerned with their total environment and constantly look outward in all directions to see what is needed in their external environment.
  • Within the rectangle is the ancient and traditional Chinese marriage symbol, representing the marriage of theory and practice. While they are not necessarily combined, both theory and practice must go hand in hand in the daily work of a professional planner
  • The arrow, representing the focus of the planner's attention, symbolizes the implementation skills of a planner, emerging from the support by this marriage of theory and practice.

The School's Graduation Ceremony is held the same day as Spring convocation. If you are about to graduate and are interested in a School Ring, please contact the Waterloo store (SCH 109) at Retail Services to arrange for a fitting, in your final term during the last week of class.

*Please note that all graduating students are welcome regardless of whether they have chosen to order a ring!

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