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UIC Commencement

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FAQs

When? Where? Requirements? Eligibility? Find answers to commonly asked questions right here.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

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Q:. When is Commencement?
A:
Spring Commencement Ceremonies will be held in May during or immediately following finals week. The schedule of days, times, and locations of the ceremonies will be available closer to the date of the commencement. Check our Schedule Page for updates. Fall Commencement Ceremonies are held on the Saturday following UIC’s fall semester finals week. For questions regarding UIC’s Academic calendar please visit: Academic Calendar

Q: When do I Participate in commencement?
A: Once you have verified with your college that all degree requirements are met, or will have been met, by the end of the semester you can participate in commencement. If you complete your degree requirements during the spring semester you must participate in the spring commencement ceremony. If you complete your degree requirements during the summer or fall semesters, you must participate in the fall commencement ceremony. All students are expected to attend the commencement ceremony for the semester in which they have completed all degree requirements.

Q: How do I know if I am eligible to graduate?
A:
Undergraduate students should check with the academic advisor assigned by the college. Graduate students must check with his or her home department. For any additional information regarding degree requirements please visit: Degree Requirements

Q: How long will the commencement ceremony last?
A: Approximately two hours.

Q: How do I purchase my regalia? What color robe/cap/tassel do I purchase?
A:
Caps, gowns, and tassels are available for sale through Jostens. As the date of the commencement draws near all students having applied for graduation should receive an e-mail from the UIC Bookstore, listing the days, times, and locations individuals can meet a Jostens representative. The Jostens representatives work with the colleges to coordinate with students to ensure all students have the proper regalia. Tassel color is based on the degree awarded: For Art Degrees (ex. Bachelor of Arts) the Tassels are White. For Science Degrees (ex. Bachelor of Science) the tassels are gold. For more information on Caps, Gowns, and Tassels visit our Cap and Gown page. To learn when a Jostens representative will be available on campus contact the UIC Bookstore by calling: (312) 413-5500

Q: How many tickets do I receive for my commencement ceremony?
A: Only the December commencement, Spring LAS commencement, and the Spring Pharmacy commencement issue tickets. After applying to graduate and registering for commencement, students should receive an e-mail regarding ticket information. For any additional information on tickets to commencement ceremonies, please contact the college issuing the degree or e-mail to commencement@uic.edu.

Q: What time should I arrive for my commencement?
A: It is recommended that students arrive one hour before the commencement ceremony is set to begin. This way they can check in and find the appropriate seat before the beginning of the ceremony. Doors at the UIC Pavilion open for guests approximately one hour before the ceremony and remain open until the end of the ceremony.

Q: Will my name be called during the commencement ceremony?
A: Yes, all students attending the ceremony will be individually recognized after the conferral of the degrees.

Q: I have been awarded university honors, how will I be recognized during my commencement ceremony?
A: Latin honors listed below will appear on UIC transcripts for undergraduate students participating commencement ceremonies honoring student who earned their degrees at UIC. Summa cum laude will be distinguished with gold cords. Magna cum laude will be distinguished with silver cords, and cum laude will be distinguished with bronze cords.

Summa cum laude: 3.90 and above GPA "Highest praise"
Magna cum laude: 3.75 to 3.89 GPA "High praise"
Cum laude: 3.50 to 3.74 GPA "Praise"

For more information on the Latin Honors policy please refer to the Registrar website

Q: I have been awarded college honors, will I be recognized during commencement?
A: Each college or department may choose different ways to honor its outstanding graduates. If you have received a college or department honor or distinction, please direct all questions to your advisor, department, or college.

Q: Is seating available for disabled/hearing impaired guests, faculty members, and students?
A: Yes, to make accommodation requests please contact UIC Venues and Events at: (312) 413-5700

Q: When is my college commencement/reception?
A: As commencement approaches, our Schedule Page will include the days, times, and locations of commencement receptions. Any information not available on the schedule page will be distributed by the college issuing the degree.

Q: Where can I purchase graduation announcements?
A: Graduation announcements can be purchased through the Jostens website.

Q: I am a faculty member, who do I contact to order a cap and gown?
A: Regalia orders for faculty ordered online through our website. Please order before the deadline to ensure the proper regalia can be provided. Click here to place the order.

Q: Where can I get information regarding hotel accommodations near UIC?
A: For information on how to get to campus, to view a campus map, or to view a list of hotels near campus visit UIC’s Visitor Information page.

Q: When will I receive my diploma?
A: Diplomas will be mailed to graduates beginning 1 to 2 weeks after your degree has been awarded. All degrees will be posted onto student records 3 to 4 weeks after grades have been processed. Name and/or address changes must be made by the last day of the term. Please refer to the Registrar website for more information.

Q: Where can I get additional information about UIC Spring commencements?
A: For additional information send an e-mail to commencement@uic.edu.

Q: What are the university degree requirements?
A: Degree requirements are specific to the college awarding the degree as well as the level and field of study. To view more information on degree requirements please visit: http://catalog.uic.edu/ucat/.

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