2024 MS Diploma Ceremony Details

2024 PSD MS Diploma Ceremony Information 

Information for Graduates

Graduate check-in begins at 9:30 am on May 31, 2024. Graduates should arrive at the Gerald Ratner Athletics Center (5530 South Ellis Ave, Chicago IL). Graduates should arrive no later than 10:00 am for check-in. 

Check-in Process

  1. All graduates must check in for the ceremony. 
  2. You should obtain your marching card from your degree program’s table (signs will be displayed).
  3. After you receive your marching card, you must check in at the registration table before you enter the line-up area.
  4. You must keep your marching card with you until you reach the stage.
  5. You will head to the line-up area and should follow instructions from staff about where to line up.

What to Bring 

All graduates must wear full academic regalia to participate (Master's robe, cap, and tassel). 

  • Please note that Master’s students in the PSD do not wear hoods. If you have an affinity stole or a UChicago stole, you are welcome to wear that.
  • Undergraduates receiving an MS as part of a Bx/MS program are welcome to wear their undergraduate regalia to the Master's ceremony. 

Students may not bring bags or personal items to the line-up area, graduate seating, or onto the stage.

Diploma Pick-Up

Spring Quarter 2024 graduates will be able to pick up their diplomas on Saturday, June 1 from 11:00 am – 2:00 pm at the Logan Center for the Arts (first floor, near the Performance Hall). Students must present their UChicago ID card to receive their diploma. Diplomas that are not picked up will be mailed to the graduate’s diploma mailing address. Students who graduated in a prior quarter received their diplomas via mail.

Information for Guests 

We are delighted to welcome our graduates' guests to campus. The University of Chicago provides comprehensive information about Convocation weekend online, and we encourage guests to review the information below. Tickets are not required for guests for the MS Diploma Ceremony or the University-wide Convocation. Seating is available on a first-come, first-serve basis. 

The PSD MS Diploma Ceremony will take place on May 31, 2024 from 11:00 - 12:30 pm at the Gerald Ratner Athletics Center (5530 South Ellis Ave, Chicago IL). 

The ceremony will be followed directly by a luncheon for graduates and their guests. Box lunches and water will be provided. We will offer a variety of dietary options including vegetarian, vegan, kosher, and halal.


Professional photographers will be on site to photograph each graduate as they cross the stage to receive their diploma. Information for ordering those photos will be made available to graduates around late June.

The Physical Sciences Division will also offer a photo backdrop graduates and guests can use for personal photos.


A livestream will be available in real time for the PSD MS Diploma Ceremony. A recorded version will be made available in late June. 

Contact Information 

Please reach out to the Dean of Students Office with any questions. 

University-wide Convocation Ceremony Information 

Please visit the Convocation website for details about Convocation Weekend.