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

Psychology Convocation - Sunday, May 13, 2018

Sunday, May 13, 2018, 5:00 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.

Ticket Limits

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.

Initial Ticket Distribution: Room 12 Psycholgoy Building / April 30 - May 4 / 9:00 - Noon and 1:30 - 5:00.

Extra Ticket Distribution: If additional tickets remain after the initial distribution, we will give out the remaining tickets on a first-come basis beginning Tuesday, May 8 @ 9:00 am. Reasonable requests will be honored.

Participation Registration (through April 15)

On-Line Registration form available through April 15

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

Commencement 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 Convocation Registration form (even if you don't plan on attending the ceremony)

Cap and Gown

All graduates and degree candidates participating in commencement ceremonies are required to wear appropriate graduation mortar boardacademic 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.


Three photographs will be taken during the ceremony by GradImages.

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.

Special Accommodations - Accessibility @ the Krannert Center

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.

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.