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University of Chicago’s Convocation Weekend 2017:
Friday, June 9 through Saturday, June 10

As part of its commitment to gather the entire University community each year for a meaningful, shared graduation, the University of Chicago has consolidated its University-wide quarterly convocation ceremonies into a single annual event in June, beginning this year. As we prepare to welcome an increased number of guests to campus, we wanted to provide you with some advance details about the festivities to ensure there are no disruptions to your routine over the course of the weekend.

Friday, June 9, 2017

All operations and parking structures throughout campus and the medical center will remain as is. For a detailed view of street closures and parking restrictions throughout Hyde Park, please refer to the map below. Affected areas include:

  • Ellis Avenue
  • University Avenue
  • East 55th Street
  • East 56th Street
  • East 59th Street
  • Midway Plaisance North
  • South Dorchester Avenue
  • South Blackstone Avenue

Saturday, June 10

Operations at the medical center will remain as is, however, parking for medical center guests and patients will be provided exclusively at Parking Garage B, located at the corner of 57th and Cottage Grove. For a detailed view of street closures and parking restrictions throughout Hyde Park, please refer to the map below. Affected areas include:

  • Ellis Avenue
  • University Avenue
  • East 56th Street
  • East 57th Street
  • East 59th Street
  • Midway Plaisance North
  • South Dorchester Avenue

Frequently Asked Questions

Convocation Weekend promises to be an exciting and memorable experience for the graduating students and their families. We thank you in advance for your patience and support as we recognize and celebrate their achievements.

For additional information about Convocation Weekend, please visit: convocation.uchicago.edu

Q: What is the timeline of the Convocation Weekend events?

A: On Friday, June 9, the main program will begin at 2:00pm and end at approximately 4:00pm. Saturday, June 10, the main events will run from approximately 7:00am to 4:00pm.

Q: Which streets will be closed and at what times?

A: Please refer to the maps identified above for all times and locations that will be affected.

Q: Will I still have access to the parking garages on and around campus?

A: On Friday, June 9, parking options at campus and medical center lots will remain the same.  On Saturday, June 10, a majority of university operated parking lots and garages will be reserved for use by Convocation guests. One parking garage will be exclusively reserved for medical center guests, located at the corner of East 57th Street and Cottage Grove. Please refer to the maps above for details.

Q: Will my doctor appointment be affected?

A: On both Friday, June 9 and Saturday, June 10, hours and operations at the medical center will not be affected in any way.

Q: Will there be changes to the Metra schedule?

A: We do not anticipate changes to the Metra schedule. For more information, please visit Metra online at: https://metrarail.com/

Q: Will there be changes to CTA bus routes 171 and 172?

A: On Saturday, June 10, CTA bus routes 171 and 172 will not operate between 12:00pm and 5:00pm. For more information, please visit Chicago Transit Authority online at: www.transitchicago.com.  

Q: Where can I find more information online about convocation weekend?

A: Please visit convocation.uchicago.edu. This page will be updated on a regular basis. Please continue to check back for additional information.