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Frequently Asked Questions for Students

The following list provides information specifically for degree candidates.  If your question is not answered below, please email or you can also get in touch with your Division or School Dean of Student's Office.

The 533rd Convocation will take place at The University of Chicago on Saturday, June 13, 2020, on the University's Main Quadrangles. All candidates will participate in this ceremony, during which President Robert J. Zimmer will verbally confer degrees to groups of candidates by degree type and academic program. Divisions and schools will also hold separate ceremonies or receptions where degree candidates receive their diplomas.

All degree candidates must line up in their designated lineup location between 8:00 - 8:45 a.m. The College lines up in Bartlett Quadrangle, and Graduate Divisions and Schools lines up in Harper Quadrangle. Please come fully dressed in your academic regalia. To guarantee your participation in the procession, be in line by 8:45 a.m.  

The Main Quadrangles will open for general seating at 7:00 a.m. Guests are asked to be in their seats no later than 9:00 a.m. so they can watch the procession. Seating is first-come, first-served.  

In gathering all degree candidates together for a shared graduation, the University is honoring its earliest traditions and the goals set out for convocations by the University’s first president, William Rainey Harper. 

While it is not required, it is strongly recommended that all degree candidates participate in the morning ceremony, as this is where your degree is formally conferred by President Robert J. Zimmer. 

Degree candidates will line up in a designated area within their respective division or school. Within that group, candidates may sit in any order during the university ceremony.  Undergraduate degree candidates, or those receiving Bachelor degrees, will assemble in Bartlett Quadrangle. All graduate degrees, master and doctoral, will assemble in Harper Quadrangle. 

Tickets are not required to attend the University-wide Convocation ceremony, and all are welcome to attend.  However, tickets may be required for the smaller division and school diploma ceremonies.  You are encouraged to check with your respective Dean of Students office for details.

Convocation takes place outside on the Main Quadrangles and the ceremony will take place rain or shine, so we recommend all guests come prepared for the weather.  In the event of extreme, threatening weather, appropriate security measures are in place to ensure the safety of all degree candidates and guests.  Details will be posted on the Convocation website or announced broadly at the ceremony.

Each division and school will hold their own ceremony or event.  Some may also provide lunches or receptions to graduates and their guests. See the individual division and school schedules for more details.

Guests who prefer an indoor location may view a live broadcast of the University Convocation ceremony in Kent Auditorium and Bond Chapel, which is located within the Main Quadrangles. Please note that seating is limited.

Yes, the University Convocation ceremony will be broadcasted via the University’s website. More information and a highlights video of the 532nd Convocation can be found at

Please visit the Accessibility and Accommodations page, where information about reasonable accommodations can be submitted via the Accommodation Request Form. 

To participate in Convocation, degree candidates must have satisfied all curricular requirements and passed all prescribed examinations before the deadlines published by the Office of the University Registrar or have the approval of their area Dean of Students office.

For additional details, please refer to Office of the University Registrar.

Students who expect to receive a degree at the end of a quarter must file a degree application no later than 11:59 p.m. Saturday (electronically) or 5 p.m. Friday (if by paper) of the first week of the quarter in which they wish to graduate. The application is submitted through my.UChicago. Booth students should apply through the Booth student portal.

A degree application is valid only for the quarter for which it is made. If the degree is not granted at the end of that quarter, for whatever reason, the student must submit a new degree application form before the deadline for the next quarter in which a degree is expected. A fee of $65 will be charged for each degree application that is canceled after the end of the fifth week of the quarter in which it is filed.

Be sure to check with your Dean of Students Office, Academic Advisor, and any organization of which you are affiliated with.

You should contact your Dean of Students office to see if you will be permitted to walk early. If not, you will need to return the following June.

There is one, annual Convocation each June. You may receive your diploma at the conclusion of the quarter in which you graduate. If you have additional questions, it is encouraged that you consult your division or school Dean of Students Office.

If the country where your family resides requires an official invitation letter from the University for a visa application, the University can provide it for you.  You may place a request from your respective division or school, or you may contact the  Office of International Affairs. The graduating student should send the email and please include your full legal name, name of the visa applicant, visa applicant's relationship to the student, and visa applicant's full mailing address.

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