Graduation

IMPORTANT UPDATE: SPRING 2020 COMMENCEMENT

Regrettably, as announced in President Killeen’s email, all commencement ceremonies will not take place in May due to the global COVID-19 Pandemic. While the update to commencement was not the intended outcome, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences is considering other ways to celebrate our students’ accomplishments.

Students who have pre-purchased regalia from Jostens will be refunded. More information on the refund process will be sent from them directly. Please be patient as Jostens continues to work through the refunding of not only our campus orders, but numerous other institutions. Additional information regarding regalia can be found on the UIC Bookstore’s website and here.

While all commencement ceremonies have been cancelled, degree certification will still take place through the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Advising Center. Diplomas will be mailed throughout May and June. Should you have additional questions regarding your degree certification, please contact your LAS Academic Advisor.

We continue to celebrate the achievements of our graduates and wish you the best as you navigate the final months of the spring term.

LAS  |  Office of the Dean

Applying to Graduate

Male and female graduate

Congratulations on your upcoming graduation from the UIC College of Liberal Arts and Sciences!

The Intent to Graduate Form must be completed online via my.UIC.edu. Once logged in, select the “Student” tab, then in the third column, choose “Declare your Intent to Graduate.” Thoroughly read through all of the information. The submission deadlines for graduation applications are the following:

  • To graduate in Fall term, apply by Friday of the 3rd week of the Fall term
  • To graduate in Spring term, apply by Friday of the 3rd week of the Spring term
  • To graduate in Summer term, apply by Friday of the 2nd week of the 8-week Summer Session

Graduation is not automatic. Students cannot be cleared for graduation until they have applied to graduate and their academic records have been reviewed for the completion of degree requirements. This information is available in the UIC Undergraduate Catalog. It is strongly recommended that, during the term prior to the intended graduation term, students meet with their LAS academic advisor and departmental advisor(s) to verify that all degree and major/minor requirements will be met.

Graduation Checklist

Students planning to graduate in the current or upcoming semester should meet with their cohort and departmental advisors to ensure all requirements are complete for graduation. The Graduation Checklist explains the steps students need to take.

Download the Checklist

Graduating with Honors

Graduation vs. Commencement

Graduation occurs when a student has completed all degree requirements and is awarded a degree. Graduation Degree Certification can occur during any semester (i.e., Fall, Spring, or Summer). Attendance at Commencement is not automatic and not required to graduate.

Commencement is a ceremony in which students may participate for the purpose of celebrating the completion of an academic degree program. Commencement is held annually in May for students who graduated during the spring academic semester. Students who graduate in summer or fall are invited to attend the all-campus December Commencement. The LAS Advising Center works directly with students on the Graduation Degree Certification process and not with the optional Commencement ceremony.