Preparing to Graduate

Next Steps After Graduation  

Congratulations! You’ve nearly done it! Completing your undergraduate studies is a major accomplishment, be proud of yourself! We wish you all the best as you embark on the next chapter of your life. Keep reaching for the stars Warriors and enjoy your next adventure! 

As you go on to enter the next journey of your life, know that we are here for you! Here is some information and resources to help guide your decision for the next chapter of your planning career. 

Preparing to Graduate  

Prior to graduating, ensure you have met all your degree and co-op requirements!  

To check your academic requirements, access the Archived Academic Calendar and select the calendar which correlates to the year you began your undergraduate studies.   

Ensure you have met all your work term, and PD requirements by accessing the Co-op Plan Requirements page and reviewing your unofficial transcript on Quest

If you have any questions about your graduation requirements, please contact your Undergraduate Advisor.                                                                                   

Application to Graduate

Application to graduate forms are typically due online at the following times:

  • March 1 for Spring Convocation (completing requirements in the winter term);
  • August 1 for Fall Convocation (completing requirements in the spring term).

Forms must be completed online through the registrar's office "forms" link.

Convocation

  • The University of Waterloo holds two convocations each year - one in mid-June and the other in late October.

  • Please see the Registrar's Office website for Convocation details.

Outstanding Fees

  • Ensure you have paid any outstanding fees! These fees may include parking fines, library fines, tuition balances, etc.
  • To determine if you have fees owing, check on Quest under “Personal Data” and select “Service Indicators”.

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Graduation Ceremony and Planning Ring

  • The School of Planning is delighted to offer all graduates of the Planning program an official School Ring which will be presented at our Graduation Ceremony (TBA) following convocation.

Confirm your address on quest

It is important to confirm that your mailing and home addresses, as well as your current email address, are accurate on Quest in case the Registrar’s Office needs to get in touch with you immediately regarding your program requirements or graduation.

Canadian Institute of Planners (CIP)/Ontario Professional Planners Institute (OPPI)

Our programs are recognized by the CIP for membership eligibility purposes. Membership is managed by CIP affiliates such as the OPPI. Graduates from Waterloo's degree programs must apply for Provisional member status and complete a minimum of 24 months of post-graduation experience in the Planning profession to be eligible for full membership. Candidates must also complete log books that detail relevant work experiences. Once the log books have been approved by OPPI, candidates must pass an oral examination (Examination A) that focuses on ethics and professionalism. Members of OPPI are also automatically members of CIP. Full members in Ontario are called Registered Professional Planners (RPP), and are entitled to use the initials "MCIP, RPP" after their names.

Life Beyond Graduation 

Continue Learning!  

Thinking about continuing your academic career? The School of Planning offers numerous graduate programs: Consider completing a master’s degree or a postdoctoral degree in planning. 

Visit the School of Planning graduate studies webpage or contact the Graduate Studies Administrator for more information on the graduate programs we offer! 

Many students have also gone on to study a range of related disciplines locally or abroad including Architecture, Engineering, Geography, Journalism, Law, Public Administration, Public Health, Political Science, and Urban Design. Click here to explore the graduate programs offered at UW! 

You are encouraged to visit the Centre for Career Action Further Education support & resources: https://uwaterloo.ca/career-action/further-education

Going to Graduate School 

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Entering the Profession 

As you embark on this new chapter in your planning career, you may consider becoming a Registered Professional Planner (RPP) and a member of the Canadian Institute of Planners (CIP). 

Our programs are recognized by the CIP for membership eligibility purposes. Graduates from Waterloo's degree programs must apply for Provisional member status and complete a minimum of 24 months of post-graduation experience in the Planning profession to be eligible for full membership.  

Becoming an RPP                                                 

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Resources for International Students  

The Student Success Office is here to support you! Book an appointment or attend an information session for a free and confidential consultation! Visit the International student resources page for resources to help you adapt to life in Canada.  

Want some help finding employment in Canada after graduating? Visit the Centre for Career and Action

We are here for you!  

Even after graduating, you have access to many useful resources and special perks to help you navigate life as you embark on this new journey in your career:  

The Centre for Career and Action offers ongoing support for entering the job market as well as cover letter critiques and mock interview workshops.  

UWaterloo Alumni also get access to many discounts and deals including: sports and entertainment deals, discounts on insurance and travel, online learning and many more! 

Stay in Touch!  

Stay connected with School of Planning Alumni even after you graduate!  

Socialize, network and meet other professionals at the University of Waterloo Planning Alumni of Toronto (UWPAT) Annual Dinner.  

Join the UWaterloo Environment Alumni LinkedIn group to build your professional network by getting connected with over 225 million professionals in the business world. 

Waterloo’s Alumni E-Community is available to everyone! This E-community is a secure website that offers University of Waterloo alumni free electronic services to connect with friends and the university. 

Click here to learn more about the alumni community!