The College (All Undergraduates)

Friday, May 31, 2024 

Class Day
2:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.
Main Quadrangle
5801 South Ellis Avenue

Class Day is a College tradition, bringing together students, friends, and family on the day before Convocation. The program will feature a keynote speaker, student speakers and the presentation of College awards. Melina Hale, dean of The College, invites students and their family members to join this special occasion before attending the Dessert Reception at the Museum of Science and Industry. 

Dessert Reception
7:30 p.m.-10:00 p.m.
Museum of Science and Industry
5700 South Lake Shore Drive

Saturday, June 1, 2024 

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
8:45 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 538th Convocation of the University of Chicago.
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


*Woodlawn Residential Commons Diploma Ceremony starts at 1:00 p.m. 

The 538th Convocation, during which degrees are officially conferred to all graduates, will be held on the Main Quadrangle on Saturday, June 1, 2024 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. Please see below for the College Diploma Ceremony schedule and locations, following the University-wide ceremony. 

Please note – beginning with degrees conferred at the end of Spring Quarter 2023, Bachelor’s diplomas will display up to four declared major programs of study for each graduating College student, instead of a single major. More information on the change is available here.

College Diploma Luncheons, Ceremonies, and Receptions

Diploma Ceremonies House Communities  Ceremony and Reception Locations
Burton-Judson Courts  Chamberlin, Coulter, Dodd-Mead, Linn-Mathews, Salisbury, and Vincent

Midway Skating Rink 

Campus North Residential Commons East Behar, Boyer, Dougan-Niklason, and Yuen Amos Alonzo Stagg Field 
Campus North Residential Commons West Rogers, Strongin, Thangaraj, and Trott Gerald Ratner Athletics Center, Competition Gym 
International House and Stony Island Hall Booth, Breckinridge, Phoenix, Shorey, Stony Island, and Thompson Midway Plaisance Northeast
Max Palevsky Residential Commons Alper, Flint, Graham, Hoover, May, Rickert, Wallace, and Woodward  Ceremony Location: Main Quadrangle *Lunch and Reception Location: Harper Quadrangle
Renee Granville-Grossman Residential Commons East Cathey, Crown, Jannotta, and Wendt Midway Plaisance Central
Renee Granville-Grossman Residential Commons West DelGiorno, Halperin, Keller, and Kenwood Midway Plaisance Northwest
Snell-Hitchcock Hall  Hitchcock and Snell David Rubenstein Forum, Friedman Hall
Woodlawn Residential Commons Baker, Casner, Chenn, Eka, Fama, Gallo, Han, Liew, Markovitz, Rustandy, and Yovovich Campus South Athletic Field

For questions, please contact College Programming and Orientation at seniors@uchicago.edu

The College Luncheon, Ceremonies, and Reception Locations

The College (Undergraduate) Lunch Distributions, Ceremonies, and Receptions 

Candidate Lineup Directions for The College for the University-wide ceremony

  • Arrival: 8:00 a.m.-8:45 a.m.
  • Procession begins: 9:00 a.m.
  • Candidate Entrances ONLY: If coming by ride share, recommended drop off locations are 1100 E. 56th Street or 1131 E. 57th Street.
  • Once dropped off, please enter into Bartlett Quad where you will line-up for the procession. 
  • Be dressed in academic regalia.

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