Commencement and Graduation
Commencement and Graduation


Commencement 2018

Date: Saturday, May 12, 2018
7:30 p.m.

Location: UIC Pavilion
525 W. Racine
Chicago, IL

Invitations for the spring 2018 Commencement will be mailed in April. It will be necessary to confirm your attendance. 




The College of Architecture, Design, and the Arts graduation is a formal ceremony. All students participating in Commencement must purchase a cap and gown in advance of the ceremony. Graduate students only, please have tassels on the left and your hoods unbuttoned and drapped over your arm. You will be hooded on stage during the ceremony.

Students, please arrive at the UIC Pavilion, Gate 2 no later than 7:00 p.m. Name cards and seat assignments will be distributed at that time. Seats are assigned by degree and in alphabetical order by last name.  

The Readers at graduation attempt to pronounce each graduate’s name correctly. If you wish to indicate correct pronunciation of your name for the Reader, please provide your name, degree, telephone number, and a phonetic spelling of your name on an index card to the Office of Student Affairs, 208 Jefferson Hall, no later than March 1st. Undergraduate and graduate degree students are individually recognized as degrees are conferred.

Graduates are to remain in their assigned seats and stay for the entire ceremony, approximately two hours.

All graduates will receive a proxy diploma at the graduation ceremony. Official diplomas will be mailed to the home address of graduates approximately three months after graduation. Diplomas will be issued only after all academic obligations have been met.

A photographer will take individual photos as the diploma is presented to each graduate. Photos from the ceremony will be available for viewing and purchase online.

Videos of the ceremony will also be available for viewing and purchase online.


There are no tickets for the graduation ceremony. Guest seating at graduation is on a first-come, first-served basis.  It is recommended that guests arrive early for the best seating. Pavilion doors open at 7:00 p.m.

Requests for special accommodations for guests should be made to the Office of Student Affairs at least two weeks prior to the ceremony.

If you have questions concerning the Architecture, Design, and the Arts ceremony, you may contact Elizabeth Salvi at (312) 996-3353 or

For general commencement information, including directions and parking, please visit the UIC Commencement Web site at: