Graduation

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Commencement

At the official campus-wide commencement ceremony, the Chancellor presides as the President confers degrees. You may also participate in convocation, sponsored by your college, school, or department. Other activities have also been planned throughout the weekend.

Find out everything you need to know on our official commencement website.

Conferral Dates

Following is the listing of official Conferral dates for UIC for previous, current and upcoming years.

Year Spring Summer Fall
2021 May 9 August 8 TBD
2020 May 10 August 9 December 13
2019 May 12 August 11 December 15
2018 May 13 August 12 December 16
2017 May 07 August 16 December 17
2016 May 08 August 07 December 11
2015 May 10 August 09 December 12
2014 May 11 August 10 December 14
2013 May 12 August 11 December 15
2012 May 06 August 15 December 16
2011 May 08 August 07 December 11
2010 May 09 August 08 December 12

Intent to Graduate

Undergraduate and Graduate students must file an Intent to Graduate Form via Student Self-Service.

Submission deadline is Friday of the third week of the fall and spring semesters, Friday of the second week in summer.

Students cannot be cleared for graduation until they have filed their declaration and have had their academic records reviewed for progress in completing degree requirements.

Receiving your Diploma

Delivery of your Diploma

University of Illinois diplomas are 8.5 × 11 inches and sent by first-class mail to a student's diploma address approximately a week or two after the date of the award. Please review or create a diploma address as necessary before leaving the University

Check your Order Status

Check the status of your ordered diploma through our diploma printing vendor.

After mailing, if your diploma is returned to the Office of the Registrar, you will be responsible for providing a corrected address. If there is no updated address on file a hold will be placed on your account. If your diploma is not returned to the Office of the Registrar and 90 (for domestic) and 120 (for international) days have passed since the mailing date, you will be responsible for providing the correct address and paying for the cost of the replacement diploma.

Frequently asked Questions

  1. When will my degree appear on my transcript?
  2. What is the difference between a degree and a diploma?
  3. What official documents can the University provide to confirm my degree once it has been awarded?
  4. When will I get my diploma?
  5. May I change the way my name is shown on my diploma?
  6. May I change the address to which my diploma will be mailed?
  7. May I make special arrangements for receiving my diploma?
  8. May I request that my name appear on my diploma with special characters (accent marks)?
  9. I know that I am on the pending degree list, but how can I be certain that I have met all of the degree requirements?
  10. What if I have finished all of my degree requirements, but my degree will not be recorded for several weeks and I need written proof that my degree has been earned?

When will my degree appear on my transcript?

Your College will review your record and certify your degree following the end of your final term. You may order an official degree transcript as soon as your degree is officially recorded on your academic record, usually within three to four weeks after your conferral date.

What is the difference between a degree and a diploma?

  • A degree is the academic rank or grade earned by completing a specified program or study.
  • A diploma is an ornamental paper displaying the name of that degree, intended as a memento of graduation.

What official documents can the University provide to confirm my degree once it has been awarded?

The University can provide the following as proof of your degree:

  • Transcripts: once your degree has been recorded on your academic record, it will appear on this document.
  • Verification of Degree: written or verbal confirmation of your degree provided by the Records Unit.
  • Diploma
  • Certified Copy of Diploma: This is a certified copy of the original diploma with a statement of authenticity on the diploma. The photocopy must be provided by the person making the request.
  • Authentication of Diploma: The original diploma is notarized with a statement of authenticity on the diploma.

When will I get my diploma?

Your diploma will be sent to your current Diploma Address, approximately 1-4 months after your conferral date. Failure to create a Diploma Address by the end of the term can result in the delay in the receipt of your diploma.

If your diploma address is a domestic address, it should arrive within 2 to 3 weeks. If it's an international address, it should arrive within 4 to 6 weeks

May I change the way my name is shown?

  • Name change for diploma only: You will need to fill out a Current Student Diploma Name Change form and mail it to the address below. Most requests will be granted if they are received by the end of the graduating term.

                    Office of the Registrar M/C 018
                    Suite 1200 Student Services Building
                    1200 West Harrison Street
                    Chicago, Illinois 60607-7161
                
  • Name change in the system, along with diploma: You will need to contact the Registration Unit for more details at 312-996-4385.

May I change the address to which my diploma will be mailed?

You may change your address on the Student Self-Service system. Graduates can create and/or update a Diploma Address on the Student Self-Service system, but it must be done by the end of the term the student is graduating in.

May I make special arrangements for receiving my diploma?

You may request in person or by phone that the Records Unit, Office of the Registrar hold your diploma for pick-up by you or a designee, or be mailed to an alternative address.

May I request that my name appear on my diploma with special characters (accent marks)?

Student's may make request in writing by filling out the Current Student Diploma Name Change form, and mailing it to the address listed below, but must be received in the Registrar's office by the end of the student's graduating term.

                        Office of the Registrar M/C 018
                        Suite 1200 Student Services Building
                        1200 West Harrison Street
                        Chicago, Illinois 60607-7161
                

I know that I am on the pending degree list, but how can I be certain that I have met all of the degree requirements?

All potential graduating students should consult with the records officer in their college.

What if I have finished all of my degree requirements, but my degree will not be recorded for several weeks and I need written proof that my degree has been earned?

If you are an upcoming graduating student and you need a formal letter verifying that you have met all degree requirements, contact your college records officer.