Graduation Information

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Graduation Information


Notification of intent to graduategraduates

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. More information availabe about other LAS and campus graduation ceremonies.

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 missed the certification deadline.


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, your records officer, or your academic advisor

LAS Winter Convocation, Saturday, December 22, 2018

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 University-wide Commencement and LAS departmental ceremonies held in May. There is no University-wide Commencement ceremony in December. Degree candidates for the winter ceremony will be sent information via email regarding registration.

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Psychology Convocation - Sunday, May 12, 2019

5:00 pm, Great Hall, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts 500 South Goodwin Avenue, Urbana

The ceremony recognizes December 2018, May 2019, and August 2019 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.

Ticket Limits for Psychology Convocation

Seating is limited in Krannert's Great Hall. Historically, students should plan on receiving 4-6 tickets. Students with large families should consider the All-Campus Commencement event, Saturday, May 11, 9:30 am at Memorial Stadium. Check for updates -

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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.