Information for Degree Candidates

Eligilibity to March

In order to participate in Convocation, degree candidates must have satisfied all curricular requirements and passed all prescribed examinations before the deadlines published by the Registrar. No exceptions will be made.

Candidates for a degree must file an application to graduate no later than the beginning of the quarter in which the degree is to be conferred. Applications for non-Booth students should be completed on-line at portal. Students who are not currently active must apply through their area Dean of Students office. Booth students should apply through Chicago Booth.

Degree applications which are cancelled—for any reason—after the end of the fifth week of the quarter will incur a $50 Degree Cancellation Fee assessed to the student’s account with the Bursar.

College Students

For information about your degree programs, outstanding requirements, honors and special honors, contact your adviser in the College Dean of Students.

Graduate Students

For information about specific degree program requirements, contact your area Dean of Students. For information about dissertations, contact the Dissertation Office.

Academic Regalia

A degree candidate wears the cap and gown that is appropriate for the degree they are to receive at Convocation, regardless of any previous degrees received. Doctoral candidates are not hooded at the ceremony, but candidates who have received their hoods may wear them at the ceremony. Because Convocation is a formal and traditional ceremony, we ask that candidates wear attire and adornment that is appropriate for the occasion. 

To view the specific academic attire guidelines for each school and division (including the hoods) please click here.

Ordering Attire / Pick Up

The University Bookstore, 970 East 58th Street, always has Bachelor and Master degree caps and gowns on hand. To ensure a proper size, you are encouraged to purchase your attire at the University Bookstore as soon as possible. If you need to rent a Doctoral or J.D. degree gown and/or hood, please place your order through the University Bookstore, 970 East 58th Street, 773.702.7712, as soon as possible. The Bookstore is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., and on Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Bachelor's and Master's Degrees

Your attire is available for purchase at the Bookstore. (Pricing: $49 for bachelor gowns; $54 for master gowns). It is strongly encouraged that you pick up your attire as soon as possible to ensure a proper fit and avoid long lines. You may retain both the cap, gown, and tassel as a keepsake. All bachelor and master gowns are made of recyclable products. If you wish, you can drop off your gown to be recycled at the Bookstore after the ceremony.

Doctoral Degrees, J.D., and Hoods

Your attire is available for rental at the Bookstore. (Pricing: $65 and hoods can be rented for $42). Please note: Doctoral candidates are not hooded at the ceremony, but candidates who have already received their hoods may wear them at the ceremony. If you have questions regarding the hooding procedures for your specific school or division, please click here. Note: An academic attire rental card will be mailed to you for your convenience. If you did not receive a card or missed the deadline, contact the Bookstore at 773.702.7712 as soon as possible.

Rented academic attire will be available for pick up at the Bookstore. Academic attire must be returned to the Bookstore at the conclusion of the ceremony. For information about purchasing attire, contact the Bookstore at 773.702.7712; please allow 4 to 6 weeks for delivery.

UChicago Graduation Fair

A Graduation Fair will occur at the University Bookstore, on Wednesday, November 16 and Thursday, November 17, 2016.  Take advantage of this opportunity to learn more and tackle the following items on your Graduation Task List:

  • Purchase your cap and gown
  • Take your graduation portrait
  • Order personalized graduation announcements
  • Purchase a diploma frame
  • Order your class ring

Candidate Line-Up

Degree candidates assemble at 1:45 p.m. in the Cloister Club, Ida Noyes Hall, 1212 East 59th Street. Candidates who arrive after 2:30 p.m. will not be permitted to march nor participate in the ceremony. Please note that there is no secure place to store personal items (e.g., purse or backpack) and that no item may be carried.

Special Accommodations For Candidates

Candidates with disabilities who need accommodations may fill out the    Candidate Accommodation Request Form to make arrangements for the 529th Convocation.  Candidates who need to make special accommodations for  religious or cultural reasons should contact convocation staff by emailing

To request special accommodations for your guests, please complete the       Guest Accommodation Request Form.