Graduation ceremonies

Graduates at University of IllinoiBelow is a guide to the winter and spring ceremonies that will recognize you for your academic accomplishments. This page is updated as information becomes available, so check back for updates.

Winter Convocation

The College of LAS hosts a collegewide ceremony in December to recognize students earning a bachelor's, master's, or doctoral degree in August or December of that year. Participating doctoral degree candidates will be hooded during the ceremony.

There is no university-wide commencement ceremony in December. 

2023 LAS Winter Convocation
10 a.m. Saturday, December 16, 2023
Krannert Center for the Performing Arts


Access instructions for Winter Convocation

May commencement and convocations

Several options are available to you if you choose to participate in the May Commencement ceremonies. You may attend the university-wide commencement as well as the LAS convocation ceremony that applies to your major.

Diploma Name

Diploma names are displayed on diplomas and are used in the Commencement program, lists of graduates, and Commencement-related press releases.

Examples of diploma names include: using a middle name instead of a first name; using an abbreviated name (Tom instead of Thomas); using an Americanized name (Wendy instead of Haiyan); or using a name that better reflects one’s ethnic, racial or gender identity. If you’d like to create a diploma name, please email the Office of the Registrar (include UIN). Please be advised that in some situations, the name appearing on your diploma may need to match other legal documents you possess.

LAS convocations

University-wide commencement ceremony

The university will hosts a university-wide commencement ceremony the morning of Saturday, May 11, 2024. Visit the Illinois Commencement website for more information.

Doctoral hooding ceremonies

Please see the Grad College's website for information.