LAS Commencement Instructions for Students

Registration for the 2017 spring ceremony has closed.

Undergraduate, Masters', and Doctoral students planning to participate in 2017 LAS Spring Commencement must complete the Attendance Reservation Form. If you do not complete the form, you will not be permitted to walk in the Commencement ceremony or obtain tickets for guests. Participants may reserve tickets for guests--up to four guest tickets per participant.

Students who plan to graduate in spring 2017 are invited to participate in the 2017 Spring Commencement ceremony. Because space is limited, students who will be enrolled in any number of credit hours during Summer 2017 or beyond may not participate in the May 2017 Commencement ceremony; instead, they will be invited to a future ceremony which corresponds to their term of graduation.

Caps and Gowns

Academic attire must be purchased through the UIC Bookstore. Cap and gowns cannot be purchased the day of graduation. Only those with correct academic attire are permitted to participate. Tassels are to be worn to the front-right of the cap prior to the ceremony. When degrees are conferred, graduates will be instructed to switch them to the left-side. If you are receiving a Bachelor of Science, your tassel will be gold. If you are receiving a Bachelor of Arts, your tassel will be white.

Ticket Pickup

Tickets are available for pickup at the UIC Bookstore (Student Center East, 750 South Halsted) during the dates and times listed below.  Students must personally pick up their tickets and show an I-Card or other photo ID. Tickets are available only to graduates who have reserved them via the Attendance Reservation Form. All guests must have tickets to be admitted to the Pavilion. 

Ticket Pickup Times

  • Wednesday, April 26 - 9:30am - 4:30pm
  • Thursday, April 27 - 9:30am - 4:30pm
  • Friday, April 28 - 9:30am - 4:30pm
  • Monday, May 1 - 9:30am - 4:30pm
  • Tuesday, May 2 - 9:30am - 4:30pm
  • Wednesday, May 3 - 9:30am - 4:30pm
  • Thursday, May 4 - 9:30am - 4:30pm

Video and Photography

LAS Commencement is televised live through the University's Commencement website, and archived audiovisual recordings can also be viewed after the ceremony through the website. Copies of the recording can be ordered here. In addition, still photographs of Commencement activities are taken for University archival and promotional purposes.  

Professional photographs will be taken of each graduate as you cross the stage and as you leave the stage with your diploma cover in hand and will be available for order. Within 2 to 3 days following the ceremony, the photographs will be posted online and can be accessed via the following webpage by entering the last name of the graduate and the Commencement year: You will also receive proofs and order forms from the photography company to both the mailing and email addresses you provided on the Attendance Reservation Form within 2 to 7 days following the ceremony.

Day-of-Commencement Instructions

Please visit the Day-of-Commencement Instructions page to learn specific student participant instructions for Commencement day.

Frequently Asked Questions

If you have questions about 2017 LAS Commencement, please visit the Frequently Asked Questions  page for more information.