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Convocation FAQs

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.

Psychology Convocation Ceremony

Location & Date

Sunday, May 17, 2015, 5:00 p.m.
Foellinger Great Hall, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts
500 South Goodwin Avenue, Urbana

The ceremony recognizes December 2014, May 2015, and August 2015 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.

**Sunday Ceremony Detailed Instructions - Please Read**

Registration and Ticket Distribution

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 on Saturday, May 16 - 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.


Make all ticket requests through the on-line registration system. No phone registration is available. Registration system will be available from March 1 - April 15.

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

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.

Commemorative T-Shirts

Congratulations from the Psychology Department. As a way to mark your achievement, any graduating senior may request a free Psychology t-shirt. Take a quick survey and request your free gift. - Survey currently closed.



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

Contact Patron Services Director at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, via email, [address provided in spring] 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.

Additional Questions????

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


All-campus Memorial Stadium commencement

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