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. 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.


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

Spring 2017 - Psychology Convocation - Sunday, May 14, 2017

Sunday, May 14, 2017, 4:30 pm, Foellinger Great Hall, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts 500 South Goodwin Avenue, Urbana

The ceremony recognizes December 2016, May 2017, and August 2017 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.

Spring 2017 Ticket Limits

Undergraduate students: Due to seating limitations in the Foellinger Great Hall of the Krannert Center, guest ticket distribution will be limited to 4 tickets. If you have a larger party, consider attending the All-Campus Ceremony - no limit on ticket requests.

Graduate students: Please use the on-line registration to indicate your faculty advisor, your dissertation title, and number of guest tickets. Use the "Special Needs" box to indicate additional ticket request.

Spring 2017 Registration - Deadline: April 23 (must register by April 1st for free t-shirt)

Registration to participate in Psychology Convocation Ceremony

**Krannert Center for the Performing Arts requires all guests to have tickets

Cap and Gown cap and gown

All graduates and degree candidates participating in commencement ceremonies are required to wear appropriate academic attire. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign graduates wear custom regalia designed specifically for the campus. Academic attire consists of a blue mortarboard, blue gown and, in the case of a graduate degree, a hood. Please order/rent your academic regalia by using the on-line Herff-Jones website.

Spring 2017 Commemorative T-Shirts - Deadline to order is April 1st

t-shirtCongratulations from the Psychology Department. As a way to mark your achievement, any graduating senior may request a free Psychology t-shirt.

Use the Psychology Convocation Ceremony form (even if you don't plan on attending the ceremony)

Spring 2017 Photographs

Three photographs will be taken during the ceremony by GradImages.

Spring 2017 Sign Language Interpreter

Candidates for graduation or guests who require a sign language interpreter should notify our office by April 15 so that we may make arrangements.

Spring 2017 Special Accommodations

Contact Patron Services Director at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts at least one (1) week prior to the ceremony. Please be prepared to provide the following information: which commencement you are attending, specific accessibility need(s), how many people there are in the party, and a contact person in the party. When you arrive, you will need to indicate that you have a reservation under this name. An advanced reservation is the ONLY way your entire party will able to be seated together in our accessible seating areas.  Any unclaimed reservations will be forfeited two (2) minutes before the ceremony begins.

Questions about the Psychology Department activities for Convocation? Please feel free to call 217-333-6478 or e-mail

Additional Questions

Questions about the Psychology Department activities for Convocation? Please feel free to call 217-333-6478 or e-mail

Spring 2017 All-Campus Commencement

Campus-wide graduation information can be found at the UIUC Commencement website.


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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.