Candidate Information

The University of Chicago Convocation

The 537th Convocation, during which degrees are officially conferred to all graduates, will be held on the Main Quadrangle on Saturday, June 3, 2023 at 9:15 a.m. CDT.

This 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. Convocation Addresses consistently focus on the pursuit of knowledge and the power of ideas. The University president, A. Paul Alivisatos, will verbally confer degrees on candidates by division and school. Each division and school will host a separate ceremony where degree candidates will be honored individually through the presentation of diplomas or hoods.

A detailed weekend schedule will be available in early 2023. 

Graduate Divisions and Schools

Each division and school will hold their own ceremony. Depending on the division or school in which you are graduating from, ceremonies will take place beginning on Friday, June 2 through Sunday, June 4, 2023. 

Additional information pertaining to timing, ticketing, receptions, and more will be available in early 2023.

The College (Undergraduates)

Following the University-wide Convocation ceremony, graduates of the College and their guests break off to attend both a lunch and diploma ceremony that is pre-assigned by their residence hall (unless the graduate has indicated a preference to attend another residence hall diploma ceremony). These lunch distributions and ceremonies all take place simultaneously in varying locations throughout campus, and are followed by a reception. Please see below for a schedule of events for the College following the University-wide ceremony:

  • 11:00 a.m. – Noon | Lunch distribution at ceremony sites.
  • Noon | All graduates line up for processions.
  • 12:15 p.m. | All guests are requested to be in their seats.
  • 12:30 p.m. | Diploma ceremonies begin; receptions to follow.

More information regarding ceremony locations will be provided in early 2023. For more information regarding the College diploma ceremonies, please contact seniors@uchicago.edu.