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Graduation Ceremony

A time of completion. A time of celebration. St. Jerome’s University honours our graduates at a special Graduation Ceremony that takes place prior to the Spring 2020 University of Waterloo Convocation ceremony. For Spring 2020 Convocation information, please visit the University of Waterloo's Convocation page.


All graduates that are part of our community are invited to attend - those that are academically registered through St. Jerome's University, those that have lived in our residence, and those that play an active role within our community.


At this event, our students’ academic and co-curricular achievements will be celebrated. Academic awards, university awards, community awards, and our university’s highest student honour — the Zach Ralston Award — are presented. Robed in traditional academic gowns, this ceremony celebrates the completion of the journey that began with the first-year Orientation and Investiture Ceremony, and looks forward to the ways in which our students will act as agents of profound transformation in our world.
This celebration takes place within the context of a Christian practice called the Liturgy of the Word, in which there are readings from the Judeo-Christian scriptures that invite us to reflect on how the privilege of education calls us to shared social responsibility. St. Jerome’s University is part of the Catholic intellectual tradition, a 2000-year conversation that engages the critical questions of a given time and place, opens itself to all sources of wisdom, welcomes all who want to cultivate their hearts and minds, and educates people to become responsible citizens in the world.



2020 Graduation Announcement from the President

March 30, 2020 - Cancellation of the SJU Graduation Ceremony (June 2020)


TO:             St. Jerome’s University Community

FROM:       Dr. Scott Kline, Interim President


The St. Jerome’s University Graduation Ceremony is the highpoint in our University calendar. It is a time when we, as an academic community, join parents, friends, and supporters to celebrate our students and their success and achievements. Normally, we hold the SJU ceremony the weekend before the University of Waterloo (UW) spring convocation.


As you know, the COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted our way of life. Public health guidelines continue to emphasize the need to engage in physical distancing as way to slow the spread of the virus. As a result, I regret to announce that the 2020 St. Jerome’s University Graduation Ceremony has been cancelled.


In the weeks ahead, St. Jerome’s will be considering alternative ways to honour our graduating students and publicly recognize our academic award winners. We look forward to ensuring our students are acknowledged in a meaningful way in the midst of these unusual circumstances. Additionally, we will work with the SJU Students’ Union to consider how best to honour our student leadership award winners, including the Zach Ralston Award, which is the highest honour SJU bestows on its students.


I continue to be amazed by our community’s creativity and resiliency in these extraordinary times. I want to thank students for your patience as we strive to provide the best university experience possible. I also want to thank our student support staff and all who work directly with our students for your commitment to nurturing a student-centred culture at SJU.


If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact


UW Spring 2020 Convocation Goes Virtual

Please note: the SJU Graduation Ceremony is separate from the University of Waterloo convocation.


Earlier today, Monday, March 30, 2020, UW President Feridun Hamdullahpur announced that UW’s spring convocation will be delivered virtually. President Hamdullahpur’s announcement noted that it would be possible for students graduating in the spring to attend a future convocation ceremony. Regardless of whether students attend these ceremonies, either the virtual one or a later in-person one, graduating students will receive their diplomas through the mail.


For more information on UW convocation, please see their convocation website.