HOW TO GRADUATE
Notification of intent to graduate
In order to graduate, you must notify the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences of your intent. This is done at the same time that you register for your final semester of classes through the student registration system. If, for some reason, you do not do so by the 10th day of class, contact your admissions/records officer. Otherwise, your name will not be added to the pending degree list, and the date of your degree award and diploma will be delayed. Also, you should be aware that if you are removed from the list, for any reason, such as dropping a required course, you cannot register for additional course work without the approval of the associate dean in LAS Student Academic Affairs.
Please note, indicating your intent to graduate does not automatically register you for the commencement and convocation ceremonies. To participate, you must register.
Certifying your degree
The university establishes a degree certification date following the completion of each term. If you are on the graduation list you must complete all degree requirements—including requirements to formally announcement your candidacy for a degree—by the degree certification date for that term.
Find out what to do if you miss the certification deadline.
CONVOCATION & COMMENCEMENT CEREMONY INFORMATION
Students may participate in commencement and convocation ceremonies prior to the completion of all degree requirements. To verify your eligibility to participate in a ceremony, contact email@example.com, your records officer, or your academic advisor
LAS Winter Convocation
10 a.m. Saturday, December 23, 2017
Krannert Center for the Performing Arts
LAS hosts a collegewide ceremony in December to recognize students earning a degree in August or December of that year. Students have the option of participating in the LAS Winter Convocation ceremony or in the Campuswide Commencement and LAS departmental ceremonies held in May. There is no Campuswide Commencement ceremony in December. Degree candidates for the winter ceremony will be sent information via email regarding registration.
Additional instructions for students
How to order regalia (required) and obtain tickets, driving directions, when to arrive, and more.
Psychology Convocation - Sunday, May 13, 2018
Sunday, May 13, 2018, 4:30 pm, Foellinger Great Hall, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts 500 South Goodwin Avenue, Urbana
The ceremony recognizes December 2017, May 2018, and August 2018 graduates. It will include hooding candidates for the Ph.D. degree and calling all participating graduates to the platform in recognition of their academic achievement. Photographs will be taken of candidates as they receive their diploma covers and cross the stage. The ceremony lasts for 90 minutes.
Undergraduate students: For planning purposes, historically we have been able to distribute 4-5 tickets, due to seating limitations in the Foellinger Great Hall of the Krannert Center. The All-Campus Ceremony on Saturday has no limit on ticket requests.
Graduate students: Any request will be honored.
Participation Registration (March 1 - April 15)
**Krannert Center for the Performing Arts requires all guests to have tickets
Campus-wide graduation information can be found at the UIUC Commencement website.
Q: What is a convocation? I thought it was "graduation"?
A: Convocation is a formal ceremony at a college or university. Graduation is the receiving of the degree.
Q: Do students need tickets for the ceremony?
A: No, students in regalia (cap/gown) do not need tickets. They will be escorted into the Great Hall and will sit in the center section. All other guests are required to have tickets.
Q: Will our names be called out?
A: Yes, with your help before the ceremony, we will try and pronounce your name accurately.
Q: Where is Foellinger Great Hall?
A: It is the main theater in the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts. IT IS NOT FOELLINGER AUDITORIUM ON THE QUAD.