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Frequently Asked Questions

Please see answers to frequently asked questions below. If you cannot find the answer that you need, feel free to contact the College Programming Office at college-programming@uchicago.edu or 773.702.8616.

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University Convocation

Convocation begins with a morning ceremony, where the College’s graduating class gathers with the candidates of all divisions and schools, University faculty, deans and staff. At this ceremony, Dean John W. Boyer presents the College class, and President Robert J. Zimmer verbally confers their degrees.

Class Day takes place on Friday, the day before Convocation. The highlight of the day is an event with an invited guest who speaks to the graduating class in the Main Quadrangle, addresses from the student speakers, and the presentation of the Quantrell Awards, the prize for excellence in teaching undergraduate students. In the evening, the Graduation Celebration, hosted by Dean of the College John W. Boyer, takes place at the Museum of Science and Industry.

Yes! We hope that families join the Class Day celebration on the Main Quadrangle as well as the Graduation Celebration, hosted by Dean of the College John W. Boyer, at the Museum of Science and Industry.

All graduating students are assigned to a ceremony based on their first-year Residence Hall or last Hall of residency, wherever their current College House is located. Information regarding your ceremony will be included in your application for graduation, which will become available in early Winter Quarter.

Students can request a change. Details about the change request process will be included with the application for graduation, which will become available in early Winter Quarter.

Convocation begins with the morning ceremony at 9:15 a.m. Following Convocation, students, families, and guests make their way over to their diploma ceremony site where lunch is provided. There are eight, concurrent College Diploma Ceremonies for the College, with all ceremonies expected to conclude by 1:30/2:00 p.m. Informal dessert receptions follow each ceremony.

Tickets are not required to attend the morning ceremony or any of the eight, concurrent diploma ceremonies. Seating at each ceremony is on a first-come, first-served basis. Please be advised that seating at the College Diploma Ceremonies is limited. Accommodations are available for individuals with special needs, and more information will be included in the application for graduation.

All College Diploma Ceremonies are held on campus. The specific location for the eight diploma ceremonies will be provided in the Convocation Brochure in Winter Quarter.

Please visit the University's Convocation website for additional information.

Senior Week

Most events held during Senior Week are casual attire, with the exception being the Dean's Reception and Senior Prom. For these events we encourage business casual attire.

Formal attire is welcome, but the night’s goal is to have fun. Dress to impress as you see fit. Just keep it PG.

The University requires two forms of ID. One should be a state-issued ID; the other can be a UCID.

No. Transportation for Senior Week events is included in ticket prices.

Seniors may bring non-senior guests to some Senior Week events, space-permitting. Please visit the Senior Week Ticket Sales website during Spring Quarter to purchase tickets. Guest tickets must be purchased by the senior. Guests cannot attend a Senior Week event without being accompanied by a senior.