Frequently Asked Questions

The FAQ will be updated regularly to address questions from graduates, their families and friends, and the UChicago community. 

The 534th Convocation ceremony, during which degrees are officially conferred to all graduates of 2021, will be held virtually.

For diploma/hooding ceremonies, the University is exploring a limited in-person format, in which only graduates, and participating faculty and staff will be able to attend. Families and guests will be able to view the diploma/hooding ceremonies virtually rather than in person.

The University’s ability to hold any in-person gatherings will depend on the state of the virus and public health guidance at the time.

The diploma/hooding ceremonies are the dedicated events at which the schools and divisions recognize their graduates, conduct traditional ceremonial rites, and distribute diplomas.

We strongly discourage families and guests from traveling to campus as we will be unable to accommodate their presence at the diploma/hooding ceremonies.

The College as well as schools and divisions will send communications to graduates as plans develop for diploma/hooding ceremonies.

Information surrounding the University’s most up-to-date safety protocols can be found on the

The College will host an in-person celebration for the Class of 2020 on Homecoming Weekend, which will take place October 22-24, 2021, if permissible based on the state of the pandemic at that time and guidance from public health experts.

The convocation website will be updated regularly as new information becomes available, and graduates and their family members may email the Office of University Events & Ceremonies at with immediate questions.