In Order to Graduate

1. Make sure your expected graduation date is up-to-date in your myUChicago account. This is important for all students, and especially for students who may have applied to graduate in an earlier quarter but did not wind up graduating. The Registrar’s office does not automatically roll over your expected graduation date to a subsequent quarter, and the Dean of Students office cannot do this for you–you have to do it yourself.

2. Ensure you have fulfilled and/or will fulfill all requirements for your degree. Master’s students should consult with the Associate Dean of Students with any questions. PhD students should consult with the Dean of Students. Special note for M.A. students: Do not wait until your final quarter to attempt to satisfy the  language requirement. Results from the course or exam are not available until very shortly before the end of the quarter, which means it is possible that you  may not pass the course or exam and thereby not receive your degree. The French and German reading courses are offered in every quarter.

3. Apply to graduate. Students who expect to receive a degree at the end of a quarter must file a degree application no later than 11:59 PM Saturday of the first week of the quarter in which they wish to graduate.  This can be done through the myUChicago portal. A degree application is valid only for the quarter for which it is made. If the degree is not granted at the end of that quarter, for whatever reason, the student must submit a new degree application form before the deadline for the next quarter in which a degree is expected. A fee of $65 will be charged for each degree application that is cancelled after the end of the fifth week of the quarter in which it is filed.

4. Get your Diploma. The University issues diplomas at the end of every quarter (including the summer quarter).  The Divinity School holds a reception for graduating students on the last Friday of the quarter, at which the Dean presents diplomas. If you have applied to graduate and have satisifed all your requirements, the Dean of Students office will invite you to the receiption. If you do not plan to attend, your diploma will be mailed to you.

5. Attend Convocation. The University’s Convocation ceremony is held in June each year. The Divinity School holds its own ceremony as part of these festivities. Information on Convocation is available on the Convocation website.

If you have additional questions about graduation, please consult the University Registrar’s website or contact the Dean of Students Office.

2020 Divinity School Convocation Information (tentative)

FRIDAY, June 12, 2020

  • 10:00 a.m. to Noon – Pre-Ceremony Brunch Celebration, Swift Hall, First floor and Courtyard
  • 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. – Graduation Ceremony, Rockefeller Memorial Chapel

SATURDAY, June 13, 2020

  • 9:00 a.m.  University Convocation Ceremony on the Main Quadrangles
  • 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. – Diploma Distribution, Swift Hall; First floor 

Convocation Hotels

Hyatt Regency McCormick Place (5.7 miles)
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InterContinental Chicago (10.3 miles)
Special Rate: $195.00
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The Blackstone (7.8 miles)
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