Fall Commencement Ceremonies

Event Details

Saturday, December 14, 2019
Credit Union 1 Arena
525 S.Racine

Ceremonies For:
Applied Health Sciences, Architecture-Design and the Arts, Business Administration, Education, Engineering, Liberal Arts and Sciences, Nursing, School of Public Health, Urban Planning and Public Affairs

Graduate Ceremony

9:00 AM

Keynote Speaker:  Andrea Zopp, President and CEO of World Business Chicago


Undergraduate Ceremony

2:00 PM

Keynote Speaker:  Curtis Granderson, Major League Baseball Outfielder and UIC Alumnus


Sunday, December 15, 2019
Isadore and Sadie Dorin Forum
725 W.Roosevelt

UIC John Marshall Law School Ceremony

3:00 PM

Keynote Speaker, Hon. Timothy C. Evans, Chief Judge, Circuit Court of Cook County


Student RSVP

The Fall 2019 commencement ceremonies are for graduates from the Summer 2019 and Fall 2019 semesters. All Summer and Fall 2019 graduates should attend the Fall commencement ceremonies. The Spring ceremonies are for Spring graduates only.

The deadline to register has passed.  Please email commencement@uic.edu for more information.

Graduates from the UIC John Marshall Law School are not required to RSVP.



Tickets are not guaranteed for graduates who have missed the registration deadline.

Tickets will be distributed December 9 – 13 in the M. Ward Gallery located in Student Center East, 750 South Halsted.  Hours are:

December 9 – 10:  9:00am – 7:00pm

December 11 – 13:  9:00am – 5:00pm

Additional information will be provided via email only to graduates who have registered for the ceremonies.  If you are unable to pick up tickets in advance, they will be available at Gate 1 of the Credit Union 1 Arena prior to the ceremonies.  It is recommended that you arrive an hour early if you need to pick up tickets at the venue.

Undergraduates will automatically receive five guest tickets.    WE ARE OUT OF EXTRA UNDERGRADUATE TICKETS.

There are extra tickets available for the graduate ceremony.  We do not anticipate running out.  You can request the amount you need at distribution.

Tickets are not required for the UIC John Marhsall Law School ceremony.


Caps and Gowns

Students are strongly encouraged to pre-order their regalia through Jostens from Sunday, September 15 through Tuesday, October 22. To do so, please CLICK HERE.

If a student misses the pre-order deadline, they can purchase regalia at the UIC Bookstore starting November 25, 2019. Please keep in mind that the price to purchase bundles in-store will cost $15 more than the pre-order pricing.


Seating will be assigned by college and major. Graduates will not process in. Your seating assignment will be printed on your name card. Please bring this with you to the ceremony. You are encouraged to come early to find your assigned seat.  Graduates will only walk across stage once.  If you have a double major, you will be seated in the department of your first major.

Information for Faculty

All faculty planning to participate in commencement must have appropriate academic attire.

Orders for regalia will begin in September.  The deadline to order regalia will be in late October.  Please watch your email for more information.  Specific dates will be published here once they are available.

For more information, contact Marilyn Jackson at muffin@uic.edu.

If you are planning to attend but have your own regalia, you do not need to RSVP. Plenty of seating will be available for faculty. Faculty should be backstage at least half an hour before the ceremonies and will be processed in and seated in the first rows of seating on the floor.  Faculty who are hooding doctoral students will be seated next to their graduates.

For more information, contact Nikki Andrae at nandra1@uic.edu.


GradImages® will be the official photographer at your event.

Your photos will be available to view and order by visiting our website at www.gradimages.com.

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Official UIC photographers will also be on hand to document the festivities. These images can be found on the UIC photo database to view/order.

Additional Information

For any additional questions or assistance, please email commencement@uic.edu