Convocation at the University of Chicago
Literally a “calling together,” the University’s convocation assembles all elements of the University community: degree candidates and their families, friends, faculty, deans, officers of and trustees of the University, the provost, and the president. The first convocation was celebrated in January 1893 under founding president William Rainey Harper.
The University Convocation is held annually, in June, to mark the end of the academic year. Additional convocation ceremonies may be held to inaugurate University presidents or to commemorate significant institutional milestones.
The 531st Convocation of the University of Chicago was held on June 9, 2018. The University of Chicago Pipe Band led distinguished faculty and degree candidates in a procession, followed by opening remarks from President Robert J. Zimmer.