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University of Chicago 2022 Convocation Ceremonies to Begin June 3

The University of Chicago community and its graduating students will celebrate convocation beginning June 3, with three days of on-campus events honoring the Class of 2022.

The University-wide ceremony will begin at 9:15 a.m. on Saturday, June 4 with a procession of graduating students through the main quadrangles. During the traditional UChicago community “convocation,” President Paul Alivisatos will present candidates with diplomas and deliver a speech, alongside Provost Ka Yee C. Lee.

“I look forward to celebrating the accomplishments of the Class of 2022, who have accomplished so much in the face of unprecedented circumstances,” said Alivisatos, AB’81, who began his term as president last fall. “I am also thrilled to welcome the wider UChicago community to campus. Convocation is an opportunity to bring together family members, friends, faculty and staff who have contributed to the success of our graduates during their time at the University of Chicago, and to celebrate these achievements as community.

The faculty speaker for this year’s Convocation is Professor Wendy Freedman. One of the world’s foremost cosmologists, Freedman led the team that made a landmark 2001 measurement of the Hubble constant, the rate at which the universe is expanding.

On Friday, June 3, the College will celebrate graduate student achievements with Class Day. Beginning at 2 p.m., the ceremony will include remarks from bestselling author Samira Ahmed, AB’93, MAT’93, as well as graduate students David Liang, Zara Malik and Allison Mattessich.

The University’s divisions and graduate schools will also hold graduation and hood ceremonies June 3-5.

For those unable to attend, the Class Day and Convocation ceremonies will be webcast on the Convocation and UChicago News websites. For more information and a full schedule of graduation and hood ceremonies, visit the Convocation website.

Members of the University community, as well as their family and friends, are encouraged to share photos, memories and congratulatory messages on UChicago social media using #uchicago2022.

University honors

During the main convocation ceremony on June 4, the University will award honorary degrees to four distinguished scholars: Cora Diamond, philosopher at the University of Virginia; Katherine H. Freeman, organic biogeochemist at Pennsylvania State University; Mercedes García-Arenal, historian at the Spanish National Research Council; and Nergis Mavalvala, an astrophysicist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

The University will also recognize faculty members for excellence in teaching with presentations of the Llewellyn John and Harriet Manchester Quantrell Awards for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching and Faculty Awards for Excellence in Teaching superior and in mentorship.

Event logistics

Information on the weekend’s events can be found on the Convocation website. Parking restrictions and road closures will be in place in Hyde Park from June 3-5. On June 4, CTA bus lines 171 and 172 will be rerouted in the morning and suspended from noon to 5 p.m. Convening shuttles can be tracked on the UChicago TransLoc website.

Tickets are not required for main ceremonies, although they may be required for individual division and school ceremonies. General seats for Convocation will open at 7 a.m. and are available on a first-come basis. The University recommends that individuals wear a mask indoors when others are present.

Please note that all bags are subject to inspection before entering the main quadrangles. Objects likely to prevent other guests from seeing or hearing the ceremony are not authorized inside the quadrilaterals.