The LAS Spring 2022 Commencement Ceremony will take place on Saturday, May 7 at 2 p.m. at the UIC Credit Union 1 Arena Heading link
Congratulations, spring 2022 graduates!
Participation in Commencement Heading link
To be eligible to participate in the commencement ceremony you must first apply to graduate via Student Self-Service during the registration period. Be sure to verify that your degree requirements and meet with your academic advisor to ensure you are eligible to participate in the commencement ceremony. The deadline to file your intent to graduate for Spring 2022 has passed.
It is LAS policy that only students who have fulfilled the entirety of their degree requirements and completed a certified intent to graduate form may participate in an LAS commencement ceremony. A student with outstanding degree requirements is ineligible to participate until all requirements have been satisfied. For all Spring commencement ceremonies this means that only students who completed their degree requirements during that spring semester can participate. Students completing their degree requirements during the summer or fall semesters, are eligible to participate in the December commencement ceremony. For questions about degree progress, please make an appointment with your LAS academic advisor.
Information for Students Heading link
Students who complete their degree requirements during the Spring 2022 semester and who have filed their intent to graduate form are invited to participate in the Spring Commencement ceremony.
All eligible students wishing to participate in the Spring 2022 commencement ceremony are required to register. UIC has partnered with Marching Orders which will create a display to show your name, degree, and major on screen as you cross the stage. Marching Order will also have professional name readers record your name to be played while you are on stage. Students have received an email with the unique registration link. The deadline to register is April 10, 2022.
Each registered students is eligible for a unique number of guest tickets (approximately four tickets per graduate). Additional information about guest ticket registration is forthcoming. All tickets will be electronically available to students.
Diplomas represent degrees earned, not majors and minors. Majors are only listed on diplomas for students with specialized curricula. See a list of how diplomas and majors are represented (see – “Degree Conferred”). Transcripts, however, list all appropriate majors, minors, and concentrations. Educational goals are not listed on diplomas or on transcripts.
Diplomas will be ordered and sent 4-6 weeks after degrees are certified. UIC’s diploma printing group, Michael Sutter, has provided a link that shows what a student’s diploma will say and when it was mailed. Students can begin checking the website in 2-4 weeks after degrees are certified to see when a diploma was sent.
Address Change Information
Personal information (e.g., address change) and diploma information can be found on the UIC Registrar website.
Cap and Gown Info
Academic attire must be purchased through the UIC Bookstore. Cap and gowns cannot be purchased the day of graduation. Only those with correct academic attire are permitted to participate. Tassels are to be worn to the front-right of the cap prior to the ceremony. When degrees are conferred, graduates will be instructed to switch them to the left-side. If you are receiving a Bachelor of Science, your tassel will be gold. If you are receiving a Bachelor of Arts, your tassel will be white.
Video and Photography
LAS Commencement is televised live through the University’s Commencement website, and archived audiovisual recordings can also be viewed after the ceremony through the website. Copies of the recording can be ordered here. In addition, still photographs of Commencement activities are taken for University archival and promotional purposes.
Professional photographs will be taken of each graduate as you cross the stage and as you leave the stage with your diploma cover in hand and will be available for order. Within 2 to 3 days following the ceremony, the photographs will be posted online and can be accessed via the following web page by entering the last name of the graduate and the Commencement year: http://www.gradimages.com/universityofillinoischicago. You will also receive proofs and order forms from the photography company to both the mailing and email addresses you provided on the Attendance Reservation Form within 2 to 7 days following the ceremony.
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Information for Faculty Heading link
Faculty attending the commencement ceremony should arrive no later than 1:30 pm.
Enter through Gate 2, located far right of the main doors.
Obtain your academic attire, if needed, from the faculty robing area on the lower concourse of the Credit Union 1 Arena.
By 1:40 pm form a double line behind the Platform Party of campus and college officials. Staff will guide you.
Faculty who are hooding their PhD candidates at the commencement ceremony should arrive no later than 1:15 pm.
Enter through Gate 2, located far right of the main doors.
You will be seated with your doctoral candidate(s) for the duration of the ceremony in a designated area (left side facing the stage). Seats within that area are not preassigned, but it is important that you are seated next to your doctoral candidate so that you can approach the stage together. Please take your seat by 1:30 pm.
You will hood your candidate(s) on stage. At the appropriate time during the ceremony, candidates and their advisors will line up at the foot of the stage and approach the lectern together. Marshals and staff will guide you. As you and your candidate advance, the graduate will scan their Grad Pass (QR code), the name and degree title of the candidate will be announced, and you should both approach stage center. At stage center, you and a Graduate College dean will hood the candidate. The candidate will shake the Dean’s hand and exit the stage. You will exit the stage with your candidate or, if you have more than one candidate, you will step to the side and await your next candidate(s) to hood.
LAS 2022 Commencement Speaker Heading link
LAS is pleased to announce that this year’s Commencement speaker will be LAS alumna Barbara Schaal, the Mary-Dell Chilton Distinguished Professor of Biology at Washington University in St. Louis. She is a plant evolutionary biologist who uses DNA sequences to understand evolutionary processes such as gene flow, geographical differentiation, and the domestication of crop species. Dr. Schaal served as a member of President Obama’s Council of Advisors for Science and Technology from 2009 to 2017 and received the U.S. National Science Board’s Public Service Medal in 2019. She is the recipient of an UIC Alumni Achievement Award and has generously established the LAS Schaal Scholarship in the Life Sciences.