Student and Alumni Resources

Convocation

Quarterly degree conferral and graduation information.

This information is for Graham School students who are planning to graduate this year.

UChicago student at outside convocation in academic regalia

What is University Convocation?

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

What is the Graham School Diploma Ceremony?

The Graham School will host an in-person diploma ceremony on Saturday, June 4, 2022, to recognize our individual graduates and present diplomas to graduating students. All graduates/graduating students who are interested in participating should secure tickets here. You will receive additional information at the email addresses that you provide on the form.

Daffodils fill the flowerbeds around Rockefeller Memorial Chapel on the University of Chicago campus.

Graham School Diploma Ceremony and Reception

Diploma Ceremony: Noon to 1:00 p.m.
Reception: 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Saturday, June 4
Gordon Parks Arts Hall, Assembly Hall
5815 South Kimbark Avenue

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Important Participant Information

Diploma Ceremony Preview (Virtual) – Friday, May 27, 2022, 12:00 p.m.

Please register for and plan to participate in the Spring 2022 Diploma Ceremony Orientation. During this zoom presentation, graduates will learn important day-of information, including an overview of the morning ceremony and the Graham School Ceremony. Additionally, campus logistics, preparation tips, and a preview of graduate check-in instructions, general processing order, and event features will also be shared. You are encouraged to submit questions you have during registration for this meeting.

University Convocation – Saturday, June 4, 2022, 9:15 a.m.

Tickets are not required for the University Convocation ceremony. This ceremony is located on the main quad and will take place Saturday at 9:15 a.m. Early arrival to campus is strongly encouraged. Graduate line up for the morning ceremony starts at 8:00 a.m. Please review the entire Event Schedule for the University Convocation if you plan to participate in this ceremony.

Graham School Diploma Ceremony – Saturday, June 4, 2022, Noon

Tickets are required to participate in this ceremony. If you have not already accessed your tickets, participating graduates and eligible alumni may claim their guest and graduate tickets by visiting our Eventbrite page or this webpage. Eligible graduates and alumni have until Monday, May 23, 2022, to claim graduate and guest tickets.

Doors to Gordon Parks Arts Hall (GPAH) will open at 11:15 am. Graduates and guests will not be permitted into the building before this time. There will be a separate check-in process for graduates and guests. All graduates must be present and checked in by 11:50 am to process.

Guest seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Although there is no overflow space, the entire Diploma Ceremony will be live-streamed so that family and friends who cannot attend in person can view the ceremony live.

Degree candidates are to purchase a cap, gown, and tassel to participate in Convocation and the Graham School Diploma Ceremony.

Academic hoods are gifted this year by the Graham School for participating candidates. If you missed the initial deadline to order regalia, regalia will be available for purchase at the University Bookstore (2nd floor) beginning May 23, 2022.

Please contact the University Bookstore at 773.702.7712 or bksuchicago@bncollege.com for any other regalia-related questions. If you did not receive an academic hood due to missing the initial deadline, don't hesitate to get in touch with jarvis1@uchicago.edu.

For guests who plan to drive to campus, complimentary parking is available in various on-campus parking lots. Due to street closures and high traffic, please allow extra time for your travel. You can learn more about parking options by visiting the University's Transportation webpage for Convocation, highlighting campus maps, shuttle, and rideshare services.

We are currently planning to hold 2022 Convocation and diploma ceremony events in person. Should public health and safety conditions related to COVID-19 require alternative planning, the University and Division will inform the community as promptly as possible. Please continue to check the Go Forward website for the most up-to-date safety information and health protocols. Visitors to campus can review COVID-19 visitor information online.

This convening is open to all invitees who are compliant with UChicago vaccination requirements and, because of ongoing health risks, particularly to the unvaccinated, participants are expected to adopt the risk mitigation measures (masking and social distancing, etc.) appropriate to their vaccination status as advised by public health officials or to their individual vulnerabilities as advised by a medical professional. Public convening may not be safe for all and carries a risk for contracting COVID-19, particularly for those unvaccinated. Participants will not know the vaccination status of others and should follow appropriate risk mitigation measures.

The University of Chicago’s 2022 Convocation Ceremony and the Graham School diploma ceremony will take place on Saturday, June 4, 2022. Because several trade shows and conventions are also taking place during convocation weekend, hotel availability in the city of Chicago will be limited. With this in mind, we highly recommend that all hotel or alternative lodging arrangements be reserved as soon as possible. Please visit the “Guest Information” tab on the Convocation webpage for additional information.

Diploma Mailing Address

Students who do not plan to participate in the Diploma Ceremony will have their diploma mailed to the address of their choice by the Office of the University Registrar. There are no diploma pick-up opportunities available. Spring 2022 graduates have until May 21, 2022, to update their "Diploma Mailing Address" in the my.uchicago.edu portal.

Grade Submission

This is a friendly reminder that students graduating in Spring Quarter 2022 should notify their instructors (current and past) that they are graduating students; to plan to submit any missing quarter grades and current quarter grades on time. Please note that Spring Quarter grades for graduating students are due May 28.

Financial Obligations

Students are expected to settle all financial obligations to the University, including current quarter tuition and fees, by the end of the ninth week of the Spring Quarter.

Final Approval for Graduation

Graduate students are given final approval for graduation by their area Deans of Students, who will report to the University Registrar at least one week before Convocation, which of their students are to graduate.