Ceremonies and Activities

The University of Chicago Convocation

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 the university, the trustees of the university, the provost, and the president.  The first convocation was celebrated in January 1893 under founding president William Rainey Harper.

The 533rd Convocation will take place June 13, 2020 and will be located on the Main Quadrangle of the University of Chicago campus. This is a university-wide ceremony involving degree candidates from all divisions and schools. This ceremony will include a presentation of honorary degrees, an address from the convocation speaker, and the university president will verbally confer degrees to candidates by division and school. The ceremony will take place rain or shine.

Following the University Convocation are diploma ceremonies for each of the divisions and schools. The schedule for the day is as follows.

Event Schedule

7:00 a.m. The Main Quadrangle opens to all guests.  Seating is first-come, first-served.
8:15–8:45 a.m. Candidate Line-up. Bachelors Degree recipients line up in Bartlett Quadrangle. Masters Degree recipients line-up in Harper Quadrangle.
9:00 a.m. All guests are requested to be in their seats as the candidate procession begins.
9:15 a.m. The 533rd Convocation begins.
11:00 a.m. The 533rd Convocation ends.  Candidates and guests depart for division and school ceremonies.
11:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Diploma ceremonies for divisions and schools occur.  See the following schedule for more information.

Additional questions regarding the University-wide Convocation ceremony can be directed to convocation@uchicago.edu.

Ticket Information

Tickets are not required for the 533rd Convocation on Saturday, June 13, though they may be required for individual division and school ceremonies.

Ceremony Webcast

The University Convocation ceremony will be broadcasted via the University’s website.

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