For Parents & Families

College graduation is an important and exciting time for students and their families. In an effort to help families to focus on the celebratory aspects of this occasion, we offer this information to help you negotiate your student’s last few days on campus. 

The University has prepared a brochure of information pertaining to the 530th Convocation, which you should receive via mail in early spring. You may download a digital copy here. Please note that this information pertains to events for students in the College. For information on graduate division events, please visit the University’s Convocation website.

Convocation Events and Schedule - Spring 2017

Friday, June 9th   
2:00 - 4:00 PM: Class Day - a celebration of the Class' accomplishments and achievements.

7:30 - 10:30 PM: Senior Class Reception at the Museum of Science and Industry (remarks by John W. Boyer will begin at 8:30 PM). No tickets required. Parking is free at the museum. 

Saturday, June 10th

Time Event Location
9:15 AM University-wide Convocation
(Please be seated by 9:00 AM)
Main Quadrangle
12:00 PM Lunch Main Quadrangle
1:30 PM Diploma ceremonies
(Please be seated by 1:15 PM)
Various locations
  • All events are non-ticketed, although students will be asked in May to estimate the number of guests for all events.
  • Graduates and their families may be invited to additional ceremonies and receptions at times outside of this schedule.

Special Accommodations

To make arrangements for guests with disabilities, please visit the Special Accommodations page on the University's Convocation website. Requests for accommodations must be submitted by May 26, 2017.

Additional Convocation Information

For additional information about this year's Convocation Ceremony, including details about hotels, transportation, parking, and photography, please visit the University's Convocation Website. If you have additional questions, please contact the College Programming Office at 773-702-8616 or email us at college-programming@uchicago.edu.