2024 PhD Diploma and Hooding Ceremony Details

2024 PSD PhD Diploma and Hooding Ceremony Information 

Information for Graduates

Graduate check-in begins at 11:00 am on June 1, 2024. Graduates should arrive at the Logan Center for the Arts (915 East 60th Street, Chicago IL). Graduates should arrive as close to 11:00 am as possible for check-in. If graduates are attending the University-wide Convocation ceremony in the morning, they should immediately head to the Logan Center after the conclusion of the morning ceremony. 

Check-in Process

  1. All graduates must check in for the ceremony. 
  2. You should obtain your marching card from a staff member once you arrive at Logan.
  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 (PhD robe, tam, and hood).

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 after the PhD ceremony until 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 PhD Diploma and Hooding Ceremony or the University-wide Convocation. Seating is available on a first-come, first-serve basis. 

The PSD PhD Diploma and Hooding Ceremony will take place on June 1, 2024 from 12:15 - 1:15 pm at the Logan Center for the Arts (915 East 60th Street, 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 PhD Diploma and Hooding 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.