Graduation Checklist

Students planning to graduate in the current or upcoming semester should meet with their cohort and departmental advisors to ensure all requirements are complete for graduation. The Graduation Checklist explains the steps students need to take.

Applying to Graduate

Students must apply to graduate online via Student Self-Service during the registration period for the term they intend to graduate. Once logged in to Student Self-Service, students should select Graduation, read through the steps listed under Graduation Information, and, then, select the Apply to Graduate link. The submission deadlines for graduation applications are the following:

  • To graduate in Fall term, apply by Friday of the 3rd week of the Fall term
  • To graduate in Spring term, apply by Friday of the 3rd week of the Spring term
  • To graduate in Summer term, apply by Friday of the 2nd week of the 8-week Summer Session

Graduation is not automatic. Students cannot be cleared for graduation until they have applied to graduate and their academic records have been reviewed for the completion of degree requirements. This information is available in the UIC Undergraduate Catalog

It is strongly recommended that, during the term prior to the intended graduation term, students meet with an LAS academic advisor and departmental advisor(s) in an appointment to verify that all degree and major/minor requirements will be met.

Graduating with Academic Honors

College Honors

As stated in the UIC Undergraduate Catalog, College Honors will be awarded at the time of graduation to those students with a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.50/4.00. A student must meet one of the following conditions to graduate with College Honors: 

  1. All course work has been entirely in residence at UIC and the UIC cumulative GPA is at least 3.50/4.00. 
  2. The UIC cumulative GPA (based on at least 30 graded hours) and the combined UIC plus transfer cumulative average is at least 3.50/4.00.

Departmental Distinction

Departmental distinction will be awarded at the time of graduation to those students meeting the unique conditions specified by the department of their declared major or curriculum. The requirements for departmental distinction can be found within each LAS degree program description in the UIC Undergraduate Catalog. 

University Honors

As stated in the UIC Undergraduate Catalog, University Honors (Latin Honors) are awarded to graduating students whose UIC GPA falls within the following honors categories:

  • Summa cum laude: 3.90 UIC GPA and above
  • Magna cum laude: 3.75 to 3.89 UIC GPA and above
  • Cum laude: 3.50 to 3.74 UIC GPA and above

What is the Difference between Graduation and Commencement?

Graduation Degree Certification occurs when a student has completed all degree requirements and is awarded a degree. Graduation Degree Certification can occur during any semester (i.e., Fall, Spring, or Summer). Attendance at Commencement is not required for graduation. 

Commencement is a ceremony in which students may participate for the purpose of celebrating the completion of an academic degree program. Commencement is held annually in May for students who graduated during the spring academic year. Students who graduate in summer or fall are encouraged to participate in December Commencement. The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Advising Center works directly with students on the Graduation Degree Certification process and not with the optional Commencement ceremony.

For information regarding the LAS Commencement ceremony in May, please visit the LAS Commencement website: For information regarding the UIC Commencement ceremony in December, please visit the Commencement website here:

Who can participate in the Spring Commencement ceremony?

Only students who have been certified to complete their degree requirements in spring 2018 are eligible to participate in the 2018 Spring Commencement ceremony. Students who will be enrolled in any number of credit hours during summer 2018 or beyond may not participate; instead, they will be invited to a future ceremony which corresponds to their term of graduation.

It is LAS policy that only students who have fulfilled the entirety of their degree requirements and completed a certified intent to graduate form may participate in an LAS commencement ceremony. A student with any outstanding degree requirements is not eligible to participate until all requirements have been satisfied. For questions about degree progress, please make an appointment with your LAS academic advisor.

Diploma Information

Diplomas represent degrees earned, not majors and minors. Majors are only listed on diplomas for students with specialized curricula. Here is a list of how diplomas and majors are represented (see – “Degree Conferred”): Transcripts, however, list all appropriate majors, minors, and concentrations. Educational goals are not listed on diplomas or on transcripts.

Diplomas will be ordered and sent 4-6 weeks after degrees are certified. UIC's diploma printing group, Michael Sutter, has provided a link that shows what a student's diploma will say and when it was mailed: . Students can begin checking the website in 2-4 weeks after degrees are certified to see when a diploma was sent.

Address Change Information

Personal information (e.g., address change) and diploma information can be found at the following link: .