Literally a “calling together,” the University’s convocation assembles all elements of the University community: degree candidates and their families, friends, faculty, deans, officers of the university, the trustees of the university, the provost, and the president.  The first convocation was celebrated in January 1893 under founding president William Rainey Harper.

The 530th Convocation will take place on Saturday, June 10, 2017 and will be located on the Main Quadrangle of the University of Chicago campus. This is a university-wide ceremony involving degree candidates from all divisions and schools. This ceremony will include a presentation of honorary degrees, an address from the convocation speaker, and the university president will verbally confer degrees to candidates by division and school. The ceremony will take place rain or shine. Please visit the University's Convocation page for information for students and guests such as parking, hotels, accessibility, and more.  

Following the University-wide ceremony, the Divinity School will hold a diploma and hooding ceremony in Swift Hall. 

Conferring of Degrees
9:15 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Students: Line up in Harper Quad at 8:15 a.m.
Ceremony in Main Quad


Divinity School Diploma and Hooding Ceremony
11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
3rd Floor Lecture Hall
Students: Line up in 4th floor hallway at 11 a.m.
Faculty: Line up in suite 300 at 11:15 a.m.

Divinity School Lunch
12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Common Room and Cloister Garden