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 occurs when a student has completed all degree requirements and is awarded a degree. Graduation can occur during any semester. 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 preceding year. 

For information regarding the LAS Commencement ceremony, please visit the LAS Commencement website: