Ceremonies and Activities

The University of Chicago Convocation

The 536th Convocation, during which degrees are officially conferred to all graduates, will be held on the Main Quadrangle on Saturday, June 4, 2022 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.

Location and Ticket Information 

The 536th Convocation will take place on the Main Quadrangle at the University of Chicago campus. The main entrance is located at 5801 South Ellis Avenue. Tickets are not required for Convocation, although they may be required for the division and school ceremonies. The Main Quadrangles will open to general seating at 7:00 a.m. Seating is first-come, first-served, and the ceremony will take place rain or shine.

Event Schedule

7:00 a.m. The Main Quadrangles open to all guests. Seating is first-come, first-served.
8:00 a.m.-8:45 a.m. All candidates line up in designated areas.
The College: Bartlett Quadrangle
Graduate Divisions and Schools: Harper Quadrangle
9:00 a.m. All guests are requested to be in their seats as the candidate processions begin.
9:15 a.m.-11:00 a.m. The 536th Convocation of the University of Chicago.
11:00 a.m. Candidates and guests depart for division and school ceremonies.
11:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Diploma Ceremonies for divisions and schools take place.

The full schedule of events can be found on the 536th Convocation Schedule of Ceremonies page.

These events will be subject to any health and safety protocols in place at the time of the events. Should public health and safety conditions related to COVID-19 require alternative planning, the University 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, and visit convocation.uchicago.edu for all Convocation-related updates.