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University of Chicago Convocation

University of Chicago Convocation

Kick off your graduation celebration at the University of Chicago’s 533rd Convocation. This is a university-wide ceremony that will take place outdoors at 9:15 a.m. on Saturday, June 13, at UChicago’s campus in Hyde Park. All candidates may participate in this ceremony, in which the university president will verbally confer degrees to groups of candidates by degree type and academic program.

Location and Venue
University of Chicago
Hyde Park Campus
Main Quadrangle

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Convocation will be held outdoors (rain or shine) on the university's main quadrangle at the Hyde Park campus. Tickets are not required for this ceremony. Guest seating on the main quadrangle will be accessible beginning at 7 a.m., on a first-come, first-served basis.

All information for guests and graduates is available on the university’s main Convocation website.

Chicago Booth Graduation Ceremony

Chicago Booth Graduation Ceremony

The 2020 Chicago Booth Graduation Ceremony is same day as the UChicago Convocation. It takes place in the afternoon, starting at 3:30 p.m. at the University of Illinois at Chicago at the Credit Union 1 Arena, located three miles from downtown Chicago. This ceremony begins with a procession of Booth graduates and faculty, and students will have their names announced as they walk across the stage.

Location and Venue
Credit Union 1 Arena
525 S. Racine Ave.
Chicago, Illinois 60607

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Chicago Booth Graduation Details

Graduate Line-Up

Graduates will begin lining up at 2:30 p.m. at the Credit Union 1 Arena.


Seating is general admission on a first-come, first-served basis. Graduates and guests can expect the ceremony portion of the event to minimally last two hours.

Guests may need to wait in the arena lobby during the procession until the faculty procession concludes.


Check back to read who the faculty and alumni speakers will be.


Beverages and light snacks will be available for purchase.

Flowers and Gifts for Graduates

If you are looking for a gift for your graduate, the university's bookstore will be in attendance selling Chicago Booth items. A flower vendor will also be onsite to sell flowers.


A recording of the ceremony will be available to view a few weeks later. This information will be emailed to all students.


The live ceremony will be streamed online for family and friends who will not be able to attend the event. Watch the livestream of the ceremony »

Recording of 2019 Ceremony

View the 2019 Chicago Booth Graduation Ceremony here.


Lifetouch Special Events Photographer will be onsite to take photos of candidates receiving their diplomas. There is no obligation to purchase. Students will receive their photo proofs via email a few weeks after the ceremony.  

Spanish Translation Devices

Translation headsets will be available for those guests who speak Spanish. These may be signed out at the Information Desk within the Credit Union 1 Arena.

Prohibited Items

Please note the Credit Union 1 Arena does not allow large bags, backpacks or strollers. Limited outdoor space for stroller parking will be available, however you're strongly encouraged not to bring strollers to the Arena.

Other items prohibited include balloons, open food and beverages, and noisemakers. Guests are advised to leave these items behind. Please visit the Credit Union 1 Arena Guest Services website for more detailed information.

Transportation to and from the Credit Union 1 Arena can be difficult on this day, as there are several large events occurring around the city. Please consider the following suggestions when traveling to and from the Credit Union 1 Arena:


The CTA has a train stop across the street from the Credit Union 1 Arena, the Racine Blue Line stop. Visit the CTA website for more information about public transportation.


If you take a cab to the Credit Union 1 Arena, please tell your driver to drop you off at the corner of Racine and Harrison. Taxis do not regularly drive by this area, so taking public transportation after the ceremony is recommended. If you choose to use a rideshare service rather than public transportation after the ceremony, you should arrange for the pickup to occur at the UIC Student Services Building, 1200 W. Harrison Street. This is across the street from the Credit Union 1 Arena, and signage will direct you to the location.


There are two parking lots across the street from the Credit Union 1 Arena, as well as a parking structure adjacent to the building. The price will be as much as $20 to park.

The Credit Union 1 Arena is wheelchair accessible.

Guests may bring their own wheelchairs and keep them with them during the ceremony. Wheelchair assistance to seating is also available by ushers, but wheelchairs will not be available to rent. Ushers will be available throughout the entire ceremony should guests need to be moved at any point.

The ceremony will be projected throughout the Credit Union 1 Arena with closed captioning enabled.

Please look for an usher if you have any needs. If you have additional questions or needs, please call 773.702.8197.

Guests are encouraged to solidify their travel and hotel accommodations as soon as possible, as these room blocks traditionally sell out quickly.  The University of Chicago does not endorse any of these properties, but rather offers guests attending Convocation and other related activities the opportunity to reserve a hotel room as a courtesy at a negotiated rate. 


Hyatt Regency McCormick Place
2233 South Martin Luther King Drive
Chicago, IL  60616
Phone: 312.567.1234

Rate: $249.00
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Reference Code: University of Chicago Spring Convocation Block or G-FBAR

Hyatt Regency Wacker Drive
151 E. Upper Wacker Drive
Chicago, IL  60601
Phone: 312.565.1234

Rate: $229.00
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Reference Code: University of Chicago 2020 Annual Convocation or G-FUCH

Hyatt Place
5225 South Harper Avenue
Chicago, IL  60615
Phone: 773.752.5300

Rate: $379.00
Booking link and reference code forthcoming

Sophy Hyde Park
1411 East 53rd Street
Chicago, IL  60615
Phone: 773.289.1003

Rate: $429.00
Booking link and reference code forthcoming

Reception and Events

Reception and Events

Celebrate your achievement with friends, family, and classmates at graduation-related events during the weekend.

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