UChicago Health Pact

As members of the University of Chicago community, it is vital that we work together to help protect our community’s health and safety. This is particularly critical during the COVID-19 pandemic, and we are asking every person on campus to commit to the UChicago Health Pact to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.


When back on campus, we ask that everyone commit to protecting our community by following the UChicago Health Pact – a brief reminder of our commitment to uphold public health requirements.

The measures outlined in the UChicago Health Pact will help us achieve our goal of providing a safe environment for our entire campus community. Please remember that we are still in a dynamic COVID-19 environment. These required protocols pertain to the early stages of returning to on-campus activities and could change as the public health situation evolves.

View the UChicago Health Pact

Overview of Autumn Quarter at UChicago 2020

Returning to Campus and a Culture of Safety

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To: Members of the University Community
From: Robert J. Zimmer, President, and Ka Yee C. Lee, Provost
Date: August 6, 2020

We are looking forward to welcoming as much of the University community as possible back to campus for the Autumn Quarter that begins on September 29, guided by the University’s academic missions and values and in close collaboration with public health experts and the University of Chicago Medicine.

The video linked below provides an overview of UChicago’s plans and expectations for students and families, faculty, researchers, and staff about the resumption of on-campus activity, including the health practices to promote safety within our community.

If you have questions, we encourage you to visit the UChicago Forward website for more information.

UChicago Convocation 2020

The 533rd Convocation will take place virtually on Saturday, June 13, at 9:15 a.m. This is a University-wide ceremony involving degree candidates from all divisions and schools. During the ceremony, the University President Robert J. Zimmer will confer degrees to all candidates.

Live Streaming

The virtual University-wide ceremony will stream at convocation.uchicago.edu.

Speakers, contact information, and links to the virtual ceremonies can be found on the Virtual Ceremonies Schedule page.

Details for the College, as well as the Schools and Divisions’ individual ceremonies, can be found below. All ceremony times are Central Standard Time (CST).


  • FRIDAY, JUNE 12, 2020
    • 9:00 AM- The School of Social Service Administration
    • 11:00 AM – The Division of the Social Sciences
    • 12:30 PM – The Divinity School
    • 2:00 PM – Class Day
    • 4:30 PM – The Division of the Humanities
  • SATURDAY, JUNE 13, 2020
    • 9:15 AM – University-wide Ceremony
    • 11:00 AM – The William B. and Catherine V. Graham School of Continuing Liberal and Professional Studies
    • 11:00 AM – The Irving B. Harris Graduate School of Public Policy Studies
    • 11:30 AM – The Law School
    • 12:00 PM – The Division of the Physical Sciences
    • 4:30 PM – The University of Chicago Booth School of Business
  • SUNDAY, JUNE 14, 2020
    • The College is proud to recognize the incredible achievements of our graduates during our College Diploma Ceremonies. A UChicago tradition, the College Diploma Ceremonies invite students to return to their residential communities to celebrate graduation with those with whom they began their academic journey. Each ceremony is presided over by a resident dean and features remarks, speeches, and the reading of the names of each graduate. This year’s virtual ceremonies will take place on Sunday, June 14, 2020, throughout the day at the times listed below. Links to each virtual ceremony, as well as speaker and contact information, can be found on the Virtual Ceremonies Schedule page.

Social Media

Share your Class of 2020 memories, photos, and reflections, as we recognize your accomplishments! Use our specially designed Class of 2020 social media tools to celebrate and share your success with friends and family.


For more information about Convocation, academic regalia, diplomas, and more, please consult the FAQ page. If you have additional questions, please email convocation@uchicago.edu.

UChicagoGRAD Is Here to Help

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The past few months have highlighted the intense inequities and racism in our country, and the murder of George Floyd and subsequent protests have amplified the injustices that Black people in America face. UChicagoGRAD recognizes that many students and postdocs are feeling hurt, trauma, and increased anxiety. These are challenging issues to grapple with, and we don’t purport to have quick or easy solutions. We encourage you to check in on each other—reach out to your peers. Please email askthegargoyle@uchicago.edu to let UChicagoGRAD know how we can support you in efforts to change the reality in this country so that we have an inclusive and equitable society for everyone.

Dana Bozeman, Director of Diversity and Inclusion, is available for advising and personal support (schedule in GRAD Gargoyle using appointment type ”GRAD Diversity: Topics Related to Diversity & Inclusion” or email Dana at dbozeman@uchicago.edu).

UChicagoGRAD Statement on Coronavirus

In light of recent communication from the University about COVID-19, UChicagoGRAD is moving to virtual services.

Photo credit: cdc.gov

We are committed to supporting graduate students and postdocs during this challenging time, and we encourage you to continue to take advantage of UChicagoGRAD resources that will be provided remotely. Effective immediately, advising appointments are available only through Skype/Zoom or by phone. Most workshops and events will be similarly moved to virtual platforms; please pay attention to details in event descriptions for further information. If you have any concerns about accessibility or need to request an accommodation, please contact Deborah Blumenthal at deborahb@uchicago.edu.

Please visit the University’s Coronavirus Updates page to stay informed about the public health situation related to novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

Spotlight on: UChicago initiatives for Student Veterans and the Office for Military-Affiliated Communities

Join the Student Veteran Council and Recognize UChicago Veterans for Memorial Day (5/22), click to learn more


The University of Chicago created the Office for Military-Affiliated Communities to provide a new resource for prospective and current students, faculty, and staff, including those who serve in the United States military, veterans, and members of military families. OMAC also serves to support students affiliated with foreign militaries. The Office for Military-Affiliated Communities strives to serve as a central home for the University’s military-affiliated work, helping to amplify a range of programs, support services, and partnerships currently in place across UChicago.

New and upcoming initiatives from the Office for Military-Affiliated Communities include:

–          The newly created Student Veteran Council hosted its first meeting in early April and will regularly convene a group of military-affiliated students from across the University to serve as liaisons and champion initiatives for OMAC. For more information contact Terrell Odom (todom@uchicago.edu). This group will transition into the UChicago Student Veterans of America Chapter, which will work across disciplines and serve all student veterans on campus. The SVA’s mission can be found here.

–          Memorial Day Programming will recognize US military veterans on May 22nd from 11:30-1:30 at International House (1414 E 59th Street), featuring former Congressional Representative and Bronze Star Medal recipient for meritorious service Patrick Murphy. For more information contact Terrell Odom (todom@uchicago.edu)

Read this profile on Akya Gossitt, Master’s student in Clinical Social Work, discussing what these new initiatives mean to UChicago veterans:

Akya was born and raised on the South Side of Chicago, but coming to UChicago was never a part of her original plan for graduate school. She applied after a friend encouraged her to do so, saying, “I just did it to shut my friend up.” When her admissions letter came, she did not believe that she had gotten in; once, the news sunk in, she realized that having a UChicago degree would “speak volumes to employers and to others in the Veteran community. This degree shows my and Veterans’ potential to accomplish and do the things we set out to do.”

Akya started her Master’s in Clinical Social Work in Fall of 2018, and she has hit the ground running, both academically and also in terms of outreach. She has developed a strong community at SSA, saying that her cohort is “the best thing about UChicago.” In talking to Akya, it is clear that her passion for helping others, especially other veterans, remains a thread in everything that she does. She credits what she has learned at SSA with helping her to articulate what she wants to do once she graduates: “I want to travel and teach workshops on trauma, especially for veterans and their families. Trauma can show up in a variety of ways and it looks very different, depending on culture and society. I want to create a foundation for social change and to impact policy, and I will advocate for teen moms, homeless vets, and against discrimination.” And, she has already started down this career path by partnering with Terrell Odom in the Office for Military-Affiliated Communities to create change for veterans on-campus.

After attending the Veterans Day Memorial, hosted at SSA last year, Akya began to find ways to connect with other veterans at UChicago and to find the resources available to her. In March of 2019, Akya and Terrell attended the Ivy League Veteran Council or Military-Affiliated Students at Stanford University. There they were able to discuss the ways that universities like UChicago can better attract and retain veterans as students, the barriers that veterans face when deciding to attend both college and graduate school, and how to make the top graduate programs across the country more inclusive to veterans. Terrell brought this information back to UChicago and is incorporating it as a part of the mission of the newly formed UChicago Student Veteran Council.

Akya is proud of her time as an E4 specialist in the military as well as of her many other accomplishments, like being a mother to two boys and participating in an NEH grant-funded outreach program that facilitated conversation between veterans and non-veterans around fictional accounts of war and trauma. She believes that “you make your own experience” and is committed to creating spaces for the veteran experience both at UChicago and beyond.

Student Recruitment

Did you know When Harry met Sally and Divergent were both filmed on UChicago’s campus? Learn fun facts and other important information to impress prospective UChicago graduate students!

Photo Credit: http://www.themoviedistrict.com/when-harry-met-sally-1989/

Sign up for UChicagoGRAD training dinners in advance of department recruitment and admitted student events

Are you helping out with your department’s admitted student open house or recruitment events? If so, UChicagoGRAD is here to help prepare you by offering student recruiter training sessions. These are fun, interactive events reflecting on the student experience, living in Hyde Park, getting around Chicago, etc., and dinner will be provided. Sessions are scheduled for early evening on Monday, January 14 and Tuesday, February 5. Sign up here.

UChicago Common Book Initiative: The Best We Could Do, by Thi Bui

Join this campus-wide reading experience and pick up a copy of The Best We Could Do this week!

The UChicago Common Book Initiative strives to enhance campus climate and build community through a shared experience, bringing together undergraduate students, graduate students, postdocs, faculty, staff, alumni and local community members to read the same book and engage in dialogues across campus. Such experiences foster full participation of community members and encourage understanding diverse perspectives and experiences within UChicago.

The Common Book aims to:

  • Foster a sense of community by providing a common reading experience.
  • Examine current events and highlight diversity of lived experiences through discussions of the book and the major topics it addresses.
  • Engage all members of the campus community through a variety of academic and social programming.

Stop by a distribution location this week to pick up a free copy of The Best We Could Do by Thi Bui.

  • Thursday, December 6  at the UChicago Bookstore: 11:00am-1:00pm
  • Friday, December 7 at the Seminary Co-op: 11:00am-1:00pm

Learn more about the Common Book Initiative and upcoming Winter 2019 campus events and small group discussions on the main themes of The Best We Could Do at inclusion.uchicago.edu/commonbook.