Guest FAQ

When is Convocation?                                                                                                 The 530th Convocation will take place at The University of Chicago on Saturday, June 10, 2017. Convocation is held outdoors, rain or shine, on the University's Main Quandrangle. All candidates will participate in this ceremony, during which the president will verbally confer degrees to groups of candidates by degree type and academic program. Individual divisions and schools hold separate ceremonies or receptions at which degree candidates will receive their diplomas individually from their deans.

I have a family member who requires special accommodations. What information would be helpful when planning their visit?                                     The University Convocation ceremony will offer a reserved seating section, designated for guests with disabilities and up to two (2) companions. This seating area is designated for individuals using wheelchairs, persons with limited mobility, and guests with visual or hearing impairments. To make arrangements, please submit the Guest Accommodation Request form which can be found online Please note, the University does not supply wheelchairs for convocation ceremonies. Questions can be directed to Convocation staff by emailing

How do I determine when I (or my child) will be graduating?                 The Office of the Registrar will have information related to your eligibility to graduate.

Will I need tickets to attend Convocation?
Tickets are not required for Convocation, though they may be required for the division and school ceremonies. The number of tickets you will need depends on the Convocation ceremony you will attend. Tickets are subject to availability. Please check with your school/division to confirm ticket allotment.

Where can I park?                                                                                                   Click here for more information regarding parking and transportation. 

My child is a 1st year student in the College and I want to know when his graduation will be taking place.  How can I obtain this information?
Please visit select "classic view," "future calendars," select the academic year from the drop down, and then click "go."