What is Convocation?
Convocation begins with a morning ceremony, where the College’s graduating class gathers with the candidates of all divisions and schools, University faculty, deans and staff. At this ceremony, Dean John W. Boyer presents the College class, and President Robert J. Zimmer verbally confers their degrees.
What is Class Day?
Class Day takes place on Friday, the day before Convocation. The highlight of the day is an event with an invited guest who speaks to the graduating class in the Main Quadrangle, addresses from the student speakers, and the presentation of the Quantrell Awards, the prize for excellence in teaching undergraduate students. In the evening, the Graduation Celebration, hosted by Dean of the College John W. Boyer, takes place at the Museum of Science and Industry.
Are families allowed to attend Class Day celebrations?
Yes! We hope that families join the Class Day celebration on the Main Quadrangle as well as the Graduation Celebration, hosted by Dean of the College John W. Boyer, at the Museum of Science and Industry.
I have connections to more than one Residence Hall or College House, or my College House was retired or part of a decommissioned building. How do I know which ceremony to attend?
All graduating students are assigned to a ceremony based on their first-year Residence Hall or last Hall of residency, wherever their current College House is located. Information regarding your ceremony will be included in your application for graduation, which will become available in early Winter Quarter.
What if I have special circumstances (a sibling in another Residence Hall, studied abroad and returned to a different College House, etc.) and want to graduate with a different Hall than I am assigned?
Students can request a change. Details about the change request process will be included with the application for graduation, which will become available in early Winter Quarter.
What is the schedule for College Convocation?
Convocation begins with the morning ceremony at 9:15 a.m. Following Convocation, students, families, and guests make their way over to their diploma ceremony site where lunch is provided. There are eight, concurrent College Diploma Ceremonies for the College, with all ceremonies expected to conclude by 1:30/2:00 p.m. Informal dessert receptions follow each ceremony.
Will I need tickets for my family and friends to attend Convocation Day?
Tickets are not required to attend the morning ceremony or any of the eight, concurrent diploma ceremonies. Seating at each ceremony is on a first-come, first-served basis. Please be advised that seating at the College Diploma Ceremonies is limited. Accommodations are available for individuals with special needs, and more information will be included in the application for graduation.
Where will my Diploma Ceremony be held?
All College Diploma Ceremonies are held on campus. The specific location for the eight diploma ceremonies will be provided in the Convocation Brochure in Winter Quarter.
Who may I contact with more questions?
Please contact the College at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Where can I find more information related to logistics for Convocation at UChicago?
Please visit the University's Convocation website for additional information.