Convocation 2020 Updates

Convocation 2020 Updates

On April 7, the University announced it would not be able to hold our traditional in-person Convocation ceremony on June 13 and will move forward with holding a virtual ceremony. 

For more information about Convocation, academic regalia, diplomas, and more, please consult the FAQ below. If you have additional questions, please email convocation@uchicago.edu

The 533rd Convocation will take place virtually on Saturday, June 13, at 9:15 a.m.

This is a University-wide ceremony involving degree candidates from all divisions and schools. During the ceremony, the University President Robert J. Zimmer will confer degrees to all candidates. The live ceremony will be held at convocation.uchicago.edu

The virtual Convocation ceremony is not mandatory. We hope that you will join. If you decide not to join and have been approved to graduate, your degree will still be conferred, and you will receive your diploma by mail.

Yes, the 534th Convocation will take place on Saturday, June 12, 2021, and all 2020 graduates are invited to return to campus and will be recognized in that ceremony.

Diplomas will be delivered via USPS Priority for domestic addresses and Federal Express for foreign addresses. Diplomas may be withheld if the student has a financial hold on their account.

For all candidates of all degree levels who have not yet received their regalia:

Your order will be fully refunded. If you wish to purchase for at-home photography purposes, please re-order with the ship to home option. All orders placed after April 7 will be non-returnable.

For Bachelor’s and master’s candidates who have received their regalia, and have not opened their package:

You must return your regalia by mail to Oak Hall, our regalia vendor, by May 7 for a refund (minus shipping and handling). Please include a copy of your order confirmation, which you received via email, and contact information (name, phone and email). The mailing address is:

Oak Hall Cap & Gown
3812 Blue Ridge Drive
Roanoke, VA 24153

For Bachelor’s and master’s candidates who have opened their purchased regalia:

You must return your regalia to the University Bookstore by mail by May 7 for a refund (minus shipping and handling). Please include a copy of your order confirmation, which you received via email, and contact information (name, phone and email). The mailing address is:

University Bookstore
ATTN: Store Manager
970 East 58th Street
Chicago, IL 60637

Bachelor’s and master’s candidates who still wish to purchase regalia are able to do so by clicking here. You must place your order by Saturday, May 9, 2020. All orders placed after April 7 will be non-returnable.

Doctoral candidates who wish to purchase custom regalia are able to do so by clicking here. Please allow 4-6 weeks to process.

Regalia will be shipped directly to your desired home address.

Doctoral candidates looking to rent regalia for at-home photography purposes:

Please contact the University Bookstore directly.

Many Graduate Divisions and Schools are exploring ways to celebrate and recognize the academic achievements of their candidates. As plans are developed, we will be pleased to share more details and provide additional information on how you can get involved here.

Yes, all announcements, class rings, and other commemorative graduation items can be purchased online. We encourage you to check out the Graduation Resources page to view all customizable options.

The University of Chicago is closely monitoring the ongoing Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. For more information about University-wide resources and updates, please visit the Coronavirus Updates website.