When and where is the ceremony?
The 2015 Commencement ceremony will be held Thursday, May 21, 2015 at 4 p.m. at the UIC Pavilion, 525 South Racine, Chicago, IL.
Will the commencement ceremony be available online?
The ceremony will be streamed live for family and friends who are unable to attend the commencement ceremony. As May 21st approaches, we will provide a link for family and friends to view the ceremony live. Check back on the commencement website for more details as the date approaches.
How long will the ceremony last?
The ceremony lasts approximately two hours.
What time should a graduate arrive?
All students should arrive to form lines one hour prior (3 p.m.) to the start of Commencement. Signs and greeters will help direct you. If you have already picked up your regalia, please remember to bring it to the ceremony.
Where should I park? How much will parking cost?
Parking is available in surface lots 1A and 1B across the street from the Pavilion (on Harrison) for $10/car. There is ample parking.
Is there a dress code for graduation?
There is no formal dress code. Most graduates wear business-like attire under their robes.
How many guest tickets can I have?
You may invite as many guests as you wish, tickets are not required. Seating is reserved for graduates. Guests may seat themselves on a first-come first-served basis.
Will my full name appear in the program?
Full names appear in the program, just as they do on the diploma.
Where can I pick up my regalia?
Regalia will be available for pick-up in Room 994 of Armour Academic Center. Please see the regalia distribution schedule
for details. If you are not able to pick up your regalia at the designated times, it will be available at the UIC Pavilion parking garage when you arrive prior to the ceremony on Thursday, May 21st.
Can someone else pick up my regalia for me?
Yes, you can have a classmate or faculty member pick up your regalia for you.
When will I receive my diploma?
All participating graduates will only receive a diploma cover when walking across the stage. After the ceremony all graduates will need to go to the garage to either pick up your diploma (Rush Medical College and Graduate College graduates) or to turn in your diploma cover (College of Nursing and College of Health Sciences). If you have not already received your diploma, you will receive your diploma shortly after completion of all degree requirements. Also, graduates with incomplete grades or financial obligations will not have a diploma given to them until those obligations are met.
Is there special seating for people with disabilities?
The UIC Pavilion is ADA accessible. A person with disabilities can enter at any door, and will have the use of the elevator. For general admission events such as commencement, guests that require a wheelchair are advised to stay at the top of any open section on the mezzanine for their own safety.
Can I borrow or rent a wheelchair for the Commencement ceremony?
The UIC Pavilion will also have wheelchairs available free of charge to assist guests with getting to their seats. The Pavilion offers wheelchair-accessible and companion seating on an event-by-event basis. Wheelchair-accessible seating is available at the box office on event day. Guests with wheelchairs may make arrangements prior to arrival by calling (312) 413-5700 and asking for the guest service coordinator.
Is it possible for family and friends to take photographs or videos?
Please feel free to bring your cameras to take photos. The aisles do need to remain clear at all times, especially during the processional, ceremony and recessional. Therefore, guests will not be allowed to leave their seats to photograph or videotape the graduates during the ceremony. No freestanding equipment will be allowed.
What is not allowed in the building?
UIC Pavilion does not allow outside food, professional cameras with a detachable lens, or paraphernalia of any kind. Bags, book bags, and large purses are also not allowed.
Where can I smoke at the Pavilion?
The Pavilion is a smoke-free environment, but they do offer a smoking gate outside Gate 5 during the event. This is a smoking area monitored by Pavilion staff for re-entry.
Are there any good restaurants around the area? What else is near UIC?
UIC is close to a variety of fine dining restaurants. Greek Town, Little Italy, and many exciting restaurants on the South Campus (formally known as Maxwell Street) are all within walking distance.