The 533rd Convocation

The 533rd Convocation will take place June 13, 2020, on the Main Quadrangles 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 divisions and schools who have not yet hosted their unit's ceremony. The schedule for the day is as follows:

Event Schedule
7:00 a.m. The Main Quadrangles open to all guests.  Seating is first-come, first-served.
8:00 a.m. to
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. The 533rd Convocation of the University of Chicago.
11:00 a.m.  Candidates and guests depart. Some divisions and schools may hold ceremonies on Saturday, while others hold them Friday. Please consult the Diploma Ceremonies page for further information.

All degree candidates who wish to participate in the Academic Procession for the University Convocation Ceremony are asked to be in their respective lineup area beginning at 8:00 a.m. and no later than 8:45 a.m.  Candidates should be dressed in their academic regalia. Staff will be available to assist as needed.

Bachelor’s degree candidates from the College should line-up in Bartlett Quadrangle, while those expected to receive a Master’s, Doctoral, or Law degree should line up in Harper Quadrangle.

Upon processing into the Main Quadrangles, Bachelor’s degree candidates from the College will be seated in the Northeast Section, while Master’s, Doctoral, or Law degree candidates will be seated with their respective division or school in the Southeast Section. 

Seating is first-come, first-served. We strongly suggest that guests arrive early if they wish to sit in sections closer to the stage, as access to this area will be limited once the Academic Procession begins.
A seating area for guests who require reasonable accommodations will be available upon completion of the Accommodation Request Form. For additional information on requesting access to this reserved space, please click here. 

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