Graduating Students must be sure to visit Preparing for Graduation link and the After Graduation link listed in the menu above.
Graduating students are invited to attend two separate graduation ceremonies: the University's Convocation Ceremony and the Law School's Diploma & Hooding Ceremony. Both ceremonies will be held, rain or shine, on June 9, 2018.
Visit the University's website for Spring Quarter Convocation to download a copy of the brochure.
Students should visit the Preparing for Graduation link to learn how to obtain tickets to the Diploma & Hooding Ceremony.
Graduates will assemble in Harper Quadrangle by 8:15 a.m. for the University-wide Ceremony (including the Law School and all academic divisions). Three tents along the perimeter of the Main Quad and signs will direct graduates. The Quad opens at 7:00 a.m. Guests need to be seated by 9:00 a.m. No tickets are required for the University Ceremony. Immediately following Convocation, graduates must walk to the East side of Rockefeller Chapel to line up for the Law School Diploma & Hooding Ceremony.
Plan to arrive between 10:00-11:00 a.m. Graduates who fail to arrive at Rockefeller Chapel on time and miss the line up will not participate in the ceremony. Lineup is located on the East side of Rockefeller Chapel under a large white tent. Do not follow the faculty, as they line up in a different area.
The Law School hires professional photographers to take photos of the Diploma & Hooding Ceremony. Among other photos, photographers will take individual photos at Rockefeller Chapel as students are hooded and receive their diplomas. The official portraits and other ceremony photos of the graduates will be available for purchase online in early July at http://www.wyckoffportraits.com/clients2/clients/. Select "University of Chicago Graduation Ceremony Portraits." Ask your graduate for the password which will be emailed to them in July when photos become available online.
In addition, all photos of the graduation festivities taken by our residential photographer Lloyd DeGrane will be uploaded to a UChicago Law Flickr album available at https://www.flickr.com/photos/uchicagolaw/albums. All photos can be downloaded free of charge.
The Law School provides graduating students with the opportunity to participate in the annual class composite. Graduating students interested in taking a class composite photo can do so at the Law School in February. Graduating students will be able to purchase headshots and the class composite photo if they wish.
The University Convocation Ceremony and the Law School Diploma & Hooding Ceremony will both be videotaped. Graudates will receive information on how to purchase a DVD of the ceremonies. There is no obligation to purchase. The videos can be viewed free of charge on YouTube a few weeks after the ceremonies.
As a courtesy to candidates, families, and friends, please note the following:
The Law School's parking lot and all open surface parking lots on campus will be open to all parkers on June 9 but availability is extremely limited. In addition, street parking near the Law School will be available. Parking rates for the Ellis Garage can be found here. Graduates concerned about parking should plan to arrive early.
Street parking is available on the Midway Plaisance, as well as on nearby streets around campus. The University parking structure is located on 55th Street, with entrances on Ellis Avenue. In addition, the University of Chicago Hospitals operates a paid parking facility located at 59th Street and Maryland Avenue.
After the University Convocation Ceremony, the University provides buses to help transport elderly guests and guests with mobility concerns to the Diploma and Hooding Ceremony.
The Chicago Law Foundation (CLF) sells the majority of Law School branded merchandise. CLF will host a merchandise sale at the Diploma & Hooding Ceremony Reception at the Law School. A limited variety of items can be purchased online at http://thechicagolawfoundation.org/. The University Barnes & Noble Bookstore sells a handful of Law School branded items, class rings, diploma frames, and other graduation themed merchandise. Purchases can be made both online at http://uchicago.bncollege.com and in person.
Please contact Balfour, (800) 433-0296, to order graduation announcements. Graduates also can order announcements online at www.CBgrad.com.
Please contact the Office of the Dean of Students at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 773-834-4279.
The Class of 2018 Gift Campaign is a student-led initiative supporting the Law School Annual Fund. Members of the Class of 2018 join together to make a Class Gift, a collective class contribution to the Law School. The Class Gift focuses on participation, not dollars raised. It is the act of giving that is important – gifts of any size make a big difference.