Student Life

For Parents & Families

College graduation is an important and exciting time for students and their families. In an effort to help families to focus on the celebratory aspects of this occasion, we offer this information to help you negotiate your student’s last few days on campus.

The University will prepare a brochure of information pertaining to the 534th Convocation, which you should receive via mail in mid-Winter Quarter. It is important that families work with their student to make sure that all pertinent mailing addresses are updated appropriately in the student’s my.uchicago.edu student portal.

Please note that this information pertains to events for students in the College. For information on graduate division events, please visit the University’s Convocation website.

The 534th Convocation: Events and Schedule

Friday, June 11th

  • 2:00-4:00 p.m.: Class Day: a celebration of the class’ accomplishments and achievements.
  • 7:30-10:00 p.m.: Graduation Celebration at the Museum of Science and Industry (remarks by John W. Boyer will begin at 8:30 p.m.). No tickets required. Parking is free at the museum.

Saturday, June 12th

Time Event Location
9:15 a.m. University-wide Convocation
(Guests are to be seated by 9 a.m.)
Main Quadrangle
11 a.m.–noon Lunch  Diploma Ceremony Sites
12:30 p.m. College Diploma Ceremonies
(Guests are to be seated by 12:15 p.m.)
Various Locations
Immediately following ceremonies Post-Diploma Ceremony Receptions  Various Locations 
  • All events are non-ticketed, although students will be asked in May to estimate the number of guests for all events.
  • Graduates and their families may be invited to additional ceremonies and receptions at times outside of this schedule.

Special Accommodations

To make arrangements for guests with disabilities, please visit the Accommodations & Accessibility Page on the University’s Convocation website and complete the Accommodation Request Form. Requests for accommodations must be submitted by May 28, 2020.

Official Invitation for Visa Applications

If you require an invitation letter for your guests’ visa applications, information from the Office of International Affairs can assist you as you write one. For instructions, please visit the Supplementary Documents You Can Help Provide section of the office's website.  

Additional Convocation Information

For additional information about this year's Convocation Ceremony, including details about hotels, transportation, parking, and photography, please visit the University’s Convocation Website. If you have additional questions, please email convocation@uchicago.edu.