Preparing for Graduation

Marching Requirements

Degree candidates participating in the University Convocation and the Law School's Diploma and Hooding Ceremony must have successfully satisfied all curriculum requirements and passed all examinations.  In addition, all degree candidates must complete an online degree application through myUChicago by the deadline set by the University Office of the Registrar. No exceptions will be made.

Graduating Students Committee

The Graduating Students Committee is involved in planning the Graduating Students Dinner, selecting the faculty hooders and award recipients, and coordinating the fundraising for the Class Gift.


See (transportation and lodging) for more information.


Tickets are not required for the University Convocation Ceremony. 

Each marching graduate will receive up to four tickets for the Diploma and Hooding Ceremony in Rockefeller Chapel. Tickets are not required for the Diploma and Hooding Ceremony simulcast in the Law School Auditorium.  Guests must have tickets to attend the Diploma and Hooding Ceremony. 

More information regarding tickets will be posted before May 2016.

 Academic Attire

The University policy on academic dress is as follows:

A degree candidate wears the robe and cap appropriate for the degree he or she is to receive at Convocation, regardless of any previous degrees received.  Because Convocation is a formal and traditional ceremony, we ask that candidates wear attire and adornment that is appropriate for the occasion.   

JD candidates should have a maroon robe with black velvet stripes and a black velvet tam.  (The hood you will receive at the Diploma and Hooding Ceremony is a gift from the Law School, so you should not rent one.)   

JD candidates may rent graduation attire in one of the following ways:

  • Going to  Order information for Spring Convocation is not yet available but note that orders must be received by May 27, 2016.
  • Going to the University of Chicago Bookstore and asking at the front desk about ordering a tam and robe.  Orders must be placed by May 27, 2016.

The cost is $65. Please be advised that after May 27, 2016 there will be no refunds for cancelled orders.

In addition, you will receive an academic attire rental card in the mail with your other graduation information, which should be mailed out to all graduates by the University Registrar during the 5th week of the Spring Quarter, or around May 2.  If you do not receive a card by May 13, you should contact the Bookstore at 773.702.7712.

Tams and robes will be available for pickup at the University of Chicago Bookstore located at 970 E. 58th St. (on the second floor) during the following times:

Wednesday, June 8:     8:00 a.m.- 6:00 p.m.
Thursday, June 9:         8:00 a.m.- 6:00 p.m.
Friday, June 10:              8:00 a.m.- 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, June 11:          Beginning at 7:00 a.m.

Tams and robes must be returned to the University of Chicago Bookstore immediately following convocation.  A late fee of $20.00 will be assessed for all gowns returned after June 13th at 6:00 p.m.

LLM candidates should have a black robe (no velvet stripes) and a black mortarboard.  LLM candidates can purchase academic attire from the University bookstore for $52 between April 1 and June 1.  LLMs are strongly encouraged to purchase your attire as soon as possible to ensure size availability and avoid long lines.  You will be able to keep the robe and mortarboard as keepsakes. You will receive a hood at the Diploma and Hooding Ceremony as a gift from the Law School.

If you have any further questions regarding renting or purchasing graduation attire, please contact Erin Sedona Smith at and put “Law School Regalia Question” in the subject line.

No adornment of any kind can be worn outside the robe or on the cap.
The University Marshals reserve the right to prevent people from marching if they do not adhere to academic attire restrictions.   

Graduation Announcements

Please contact Balfour, (800) 433-0296, to order graduation announcements. You can also order online at

Special Accommodations

Candidates who need special accommodations (early access, special seating, special parking, etc.) for themselves or their guests and candidates should submite the form online at by Friday, May 27, 2016.  In your form, please clearly indicate whether your needs are for the 527th University Convocation on Saturday morning, the Law School’s Diploma & Hooding Ceremony, or both.  If you still have questions after you submit the form, please contact the convocation staff at (773)702-2513 or e-mail 

Please note: The University does not provide wheelchairs.  Individuals are responsible for bringing their own.  Please confer with your guests in advance about any special needs to avoid having wheelchair-bound guests arrive without wheelchair-accessible seating available.   

Graduating Students Dinner

The Graduating Students Dinner (for 3Ls and LLMs) will be held on Thursday, May 19, 2016 at the Law School.  The Graduating Students Dinner is open to all graduating students.  RSVPs are required.  Students will be notified when they are able to begin RSVPing for the event.

**Please note that we cannot accommodate guests at the Graduating Students Dinner.


The examination period for 3Ls and LLMs runs from May 24 to May 28.

Bar exam prep courses usually begin on the Tuesday after Memorial Day, but some may start during the exam period.  Please note that exams cannot be moved because they conflict with bar exam prep courses.