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Convocation

Whether you're a recent graduate—or planning to graduate next year—you can find details about UChicago and Graham's annual convocation ceremonies below.

UChicago Convocation

Convocation occurs at the end of the Spring Quarter. Students graduating in any quarter are welcome to participate in convocation and can indicate their intention when completing their degree application. If you have questions concerning any quarterly recognition activities for graduates, please contact your academic program director.

Students who received the Master of Art in Teaching, Master of Liberal Arts, Master of Science in Biomedical Informatics, and Master of Science in Threat and Response Management degrees from the Graham School in any of the following quarters are eligible to participate in the diploma ceremony.

  • Summer 2022
  • Autumn 2022
  • Winter 2023
  • Spring 2023
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Diploma Ceremony

Saturday, June 3 | 12–1:00 p.m.

Gordon Parks Arts Hall, Assembly Hall 

5815 South Kimbark Avenue

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Reception

Saturday, June 3 | 1–2:00 p.m.

Gordon Parks Arts Hall

5815 South Kimbark Avenue

What is University Convocation?

Convocation is a university-wide ceremony involving degree candidates from all divisions and schools. It includes the presentation of honorary degrees and an address from the Convocation speaker. Paul Alivisatos, President of the University of Chicago, verbally confers degrees by division and school. Each division and school hosts a separate ceremony where degree candidates are honored individually through a presentation of diplomas.

What is the Graham School Diploma Ceremony?

Each year, the Graham School hosts an in-person diploma ceremony to recognize our individual graduates and present diplomas to graduating students. Below is an overview of the June 3, 2023 ceremony and reception.

Graduation Information

Apply to Graduate

Current Quarter Graduates: Please visit my.uchicago.edu and complete your Application to Graduate. Follow the below steps to complete your Application to Graduate.

  1. Log in to my.uchicago.edu and click the “My Academics” tab.
  2. Under the Academics tab, to the right, under Graduation, select the Graduation Application link to apply.
  3. Input information and save each screen.
  4. Click "Submit Graduation Application" to finalize your application.

Students must meet all program requirements and apply for the degree by the deadlines for the quarter in which you meet the requirements in order to earn your degree. If a student fails to apply for graduation, they will be ineligible to graduate during the said quarter.

Name Changes

Students that request a preferred name on their diploma that is different from the legal name on file with the University need to complete a Name Change Form. The student can either fill it out in person at the Registrar’s Office (they have notaries on staff), or they can take the form to a notary near them and mail the form. The form can be found on the Registrar’s website.

Delaying Graduation

If, after applying, a student must delay graduation, they must contact the program advisor or Dean of Students Office by the end of the fifth week of the quarter, Friday, May 8. Students must reapply for graduation the following quarter and will be assessed a $65 reapplication fee if the delay is initiated after the fifth week of a quarter. Students are responsible for ensuring they meet all degree requirements and should confirm their eligibility to graduate with your academic advisor(s).

Degree Conferral and Receiving Your Diploma

All academic requirements must be fulfilled for you to receive your diploma. These requirements include, but are not limited to, all grades (current and prior quarter) being posted to your academic record.

The University Registrar will withhold diplomas for students with negative service indicators (holds) on their student accounts. If possible, students should make arrangements with the respective units (i.e., University Bursar, University Library, etc.) to clear holds by the end of the fifth week of the graduating quarter.

Note: The University won't remove anyone from graduating entirely, but diplomas will not be mailed until negative service indicators are cleared.

Receiving Your Diploma

The University Registrar will mail diplomas during the final week of the graduating quarter. Students have until Friday of the fifth week of the quarter to update their "Diploma Mailing Address" and their primary phone number via your my.uchicago.edu portal.

If you encounter an issue updating this address, please email graduation@uchicago.edu.

Alternative Diploma Options

The University also makes available certified PDF copies of Diplomas for all graduates from Spring 2017 through the present. For information about this service, please see CeDiplomas.

Should graduates need to obtain certified copies of their diploma, please review the directions on the Apostille page.

Note: CeDiplomas (available for graduates from Spring 2017 to present) may be accepted as a certified diploma in place of an Apostille.

Master’s degree students planning to participate in the University-wide Convocation and Graham School Diploma Ceremony should purchase or rent regalia by May 6, 2023. Graduating students and alums can rent or buy regalia from the University Bookstore.

Regalia Ordering Instructions

Master’s degree candidates are to purchase, at minimum, the "Basic Package," which consists of a cap, gown, and tassel, for $89.75. The Graham School also requires graduates to wear a hood, which is gifted to each graduate from the Graham School. Graduates are encouraged to monitor their UChicago email for further instructions on how and when they can receive your hood, as they differ by unit.

Academic Hood Colors and Corresponding Degree Programs 

  • Master of Arts Teaching – Light Blue 
  • Master of Liberal Arts – White 
  • Master of Science in Biomedical Informatics – Salmon Pink 
  • Master of Science in Threat and Response Management – Peacock 

Important Information

  • For candidates who miss the deadline, regalia will be available for purchase at the University Bookstore (2nd floor) beginning May 8, 2023. 
  • Online Ship to Home – Last Order Date May 6, 2023
  • Please Select “Master Degree - All Others” when choosing the regalia type during ordering.

Please visit the Academic Regalia page for more information or get in touch with the University Bookstore at 773.702.7712 or bksuchicago@bncollege.com for other regalia-related questions.

Please review the following information to help prepare for participation in graduation activities:

  1. Apply for Graduation by visiting my.uchicago.edu. For instructions on how to apply please see “Graduation Procedures.”
  2. Participate in Countdown to Convocation.
  3. Order cap, gown, and academic hood (Required for participation in commencement activities).
  4. Watch your email for additional participation instructions.

Additional questions? Visit the UChicago Convocation siteFAQ page, or email jarvis1@uchicago.edu.

Travel and Accommodations

The University of Chicago’s 2023 Convocation Ceremony and the Graham School diploma ceremony will occur on Saturday, June 3, 2023. Because several trade shows and conventions are also taking place during convocation weekend, hotel availability in Chicago will be limited. With this in mind, we highly recommend reserving all hotel or alternative lodging arrangements as soon as possible. Please visit the Plan Your Visit page on the Convocation webpage for additional information.

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