Spring 2022 Convocation and Divisional Diploma Ceremony

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Frequently Asked Questions

University-Wide Convocation 

Convocation is a University-wide ceremony involving degree candidates from all divisions and schools. It will include the presentation of honorary degrees and an address from the Convocation speaker. Convocation Addresses consistently focus on the pursuit of knowledge and the power of ideas. The University president, Paul Alivisatos, will verbally confer degrees on candidates by division and school. Each division and school will host a separate ceremony where degree candidates will be honored individually through the presentation of diplomas or hoods.

The University of Chicago’s 2022 Convocation ceremony will be held on the Main Quadrangle on Saturday, June 4, 2022 at 9:15 a.m. CDT.

Visit the University of Chicago's Convocation website for more details. 

Divisional Diploma Ceremony 

The Physical Sciences Division will host two in-person diploma ceremonies on June 4, 2022 to recognize our individual graduates and administer diplomas to graduating students.

Ph.D. Graduate Diploma and Hooding Ceremony

Saturday, June 4 | 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Logan Center for the Arts, Performance Hall

915 East 60th Street

Lunch for Ph.D. candidates and their guests will be avaialble from 1:00 p.m - 2:30 p.m. at the Logan Center for the Arts

Master's Graduate Diploma Ceremony

Saturday, June 4 | 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

David Rubenstein Forum

1201 East 60th Street

Lunch for MS candidates and their guests will be available from 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. at the David Rubenstein Forum

Due to a record high number of MS candidates and their guests attending and limited seating available, we will be implementing a ticketing system for the MS ceremony. Each MS candidate who RSVP'd by the April 20 deadline and indicated they are bringing guest(s) will receive one ticket for a guest to sit in the ceremony room with degree candidates; additional guests for MS graduates may be able to be on-site at the David Rubenstein Forum and will be seated in overflow rooms with livestream viewing of the ceremony. MS candidates will receive instructions about picking up their ticket. 

Please note that we are unable to guarantee guest tickets for graduates who RSVP after the deadline. All guests will be able to attend the University-wide Convocation in the morning, enjoy the lunch provided, view the livestream of the ceremony, and meet up with their graduate immediately after the ceremony.

Eligible Participants

We are thrilled to invite alumni who did not have the opportunity to participate in an in-person graduation ceremony as a result of COVID-19. Students who received an MS or PhD degree from the Physical Sciences Division in any of the following quarters are eligible to participate in the PSD’s diploma ceremony on June 4:

  • Winter Quarter 2020
  • Spring Quarter 2020
  • Summer Quarter 2020
  • Autumn Quarter 2020
  • Winter Quarter 2021
  • Spring Quarter 2021
  • Summer Quarter 2021
  • Autumn Quarter 2021
  • Winter Quarter 2022
  • Spring Quarter 2022
  • Summer Quarter 2022

All graduates/graduating students who are interested in participating should complete an online RSVP form:

RSVP is now closed. If you would like to participate in the ceremony, please email psd-dos@lists.uchicago.edu. 

COVID-19

We are currently planning to hold 2022 Convocation and diploma ceremony events in person. Should public health and safety conditions related to COVID-19 require alternative planning, the University and Division will inform the community as promptly as possible. Please continue to check the Go Forward website for the most up-to-date safety information and health protocols. Visitors to campus can review COVID-19 visitor information online

This convening is open to all invitees who are compliant with UChicago vaccination requirements and, because of ongoing health risks, particularly to the unvaccinated, participants are expected to adopt the risk mitigation measures (masking and social distancing, etc.) appropriate to their vaccination status as advised by public health officials or to their individual vulnerabilities as advised by a medical professional. Public convening may not be safe for all and carries a risk for contracting COVID-19, particularly for those unvaccinated. Participants will not know the vaccination status of others and should follow appropriate risk mitigation measures.

Regalia and Memorabilia 

Graduating students and alumni can rent or purchase regalia from the University Bookstore.

MS Students

MS Students planning to participate in the University-wide Convocation and PSD Diploma Ceremony should purchase regalia by April 20, 2022. For candidates who miss the deadline, regalia will be available for purchase at the University Bookstore (2nd floor) beginning May 23, 2022

PhD Students

PhD Students planning to participate in the University-wide Convocation and PSD Diploma Ceremony should adhere to the following deadlines: 

  • Rented doctoral regalia orders must be placed by April 20, 2022
  • Candidates who want to purchase attire should email bksuchicago@bncollege.com and place orders by April 16, 2022

Questions about regalia? Call 773-702-7712 or email bksuchicago@bncollege.com

Class rings, announcements, and diploma frames can be purchased from the University Bookstore.

Travel and Accommodations 

The University of Chicago’s 2022 Convocation Ceremony and the Physical Sciences Division’s diploma ceremony will take place on Saturday, June 4, 2022. Because several trade shows and conventions are also taking place during Convocation Weekend, hotel availability in the city of Chicago will be limited. With this in mind, we highly recommend that all hotel or alternative lodging arrangements be reserved as soon as possible.