Yes, graduation is several weeks and a thesis away, questions about Convocation weekend are starting to trickle in. So, here’s all the relevant information for that all-important weekend collected for your convenience.
June 3: Note that grades are due to the Registrar’s Office by Friday, June 3. This means that you need to have submitted your final papers in time for your professor to grade them by this date, or else arranged with your professor to take a Convocation grade. The latter is a stand-in grade (usually a B or B-) given to you so that you meet the required number of class grades for graduation. Your professor will change this grade in the summer after they’ve reviewed and assessed your final paper, and the updated grade will be the one that appears on your transcript.
Early June: This is a good time to pop over to the UChicago Bookstore and buy your cap and gown, which are required if you want to walk in the graduation ceremony. The cap/gown combination costs around $52. Keep your eyes peeled for an exciting MAPH competition in Spring Quarter with a first prize of one lovely second-hand cap and gown set.
June 10: The MAPH Friends and Family Reception will take place in Classics 110 from 3-5pm on Friday June 10th. This is a great chance to introduce your friends and family to your MAPH friends, the directors, the MAPH staff and, most importantly, your mentors. Of course, all MAPHers are welcome to attend this especially-fancy final social hour-esque event without bringing any guests. Come and eat delicious food, drink champagne and meet adults that look vaguely familiar. We hope you can all attend!
June 11: Convocation(s). The University of Chicago holds multiple convocations on graduation day (which apparently many universities do, but was news to me last year).
The University-wide convocation starts at 9:15 am and is held on the main quad. This ceremony is for the whole university: tickets are not required. There will probably be a guest speaker and the opportunity to walk in a big crowd of people dressed identically to you.
MAPH will host a lunch for you and your friends and family in Bartlett Commons at 11:30 am (No tickets or RSVP needed). From the lunch, MAPH graduands will go directly to the Reynolds Club (the Humanities division graduation takes place in Mandel Hall) and wait in line while everyone gets thoroughly alphabetized. The Maph staff will shortly thereafter direct your guests over to Mandel Hall to take their seats.
Convocation will begin at 1:45 in Mandel Hall, and the ceremony usually lasts about an hour. Once again, no tickets are needed for guests to attend the ceremony. Afterwards, we hope you’ll join us for the post-ceremony toast (with champagne!) on Bartlett Quadrangle starting at around 3pm.
After that, we hope you’ll all celebrate your fantastic achievements!
Always feel free to email us with questions. We’ll also be putting out more posts about transportation, things to do, recommended places to take your family to dinner, etc., but here at least are the date and an outline of what the weekend looks like. For questions about graduation requirements and deadlines (for instance, questions about restrictions or incompletes), consult Maren and/or your preceptor.
The university’s official website for Convocation can be found here and, for the Humanities Division in particular, here.