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Convocation!

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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!

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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.

 

Convocation Schedule 2015

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Don’t forget your robes! You want the ones with the weird sleeves.

Unbelievably, Convocation is right around the corner. I’m sure you’ve all marked your calendars for Saturday, June 13th, but if you or your family/loved ones are curious about the schedule for the day, check below for details!

 

 

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What To Do With Your Parents This Weekend

This way to Convocation! (says Gorey)

This way to Convocation! (says Gorey)

Okay, so, you already know where to eat. You know what to do Friday afternoon (the MAPH Family & Friends reception!) and Saturday (graduate!). But, as someone who has spent the last 9 months sequestered in some kind of library, you may not be entirely sure how to fill up the rest of the weekend.

Don’t worry. You have many options. Here are some ideas to get you started:

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2014 Convocation Events & Information

It’s coming! Yes, you may have like .5 more papers to write, but the end is near. Read on for information regarding impending Convocation-related events.

If you are not graduating next week, please do come to all of these things! It is very fun to celebrate the end of Spring quarter with the entire cohort. 

** UPDATE: The Kennedy Expressway will be closed from 10 pm on Friday, June 13 until Monday, June 16 at 5 am. This means that anyone traveling to Hyde Park from the north by car will experience long delays/lots of disruption. Please help your family and friends plan ahead! For more information on closings and alternate routes, check here .**

Schedule: 

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This is what master’s robes look like. Original artwork by Sarah E. Smith.

Cap & Gown Pick-Up: Now.

Master’s attire costs $47 and can be purchased at the University Bookstore (Ellis & 58th — not the Co-op!). UChicago does not do hoods for master’s students, but you will have some wacky sleeves. If you don’t have your gear yet, hurry! You can get a cap and gown up to the 13th, but you run the risk of confronting a limited range of sizes if you wait too long.

Family & Friends Reception: Friday, June 13 – 3:00-5:00 PM, Classics 110

Your first chance to gawk at each other’s kin and marvel at how it all makes sense now!!! Join us for a parent-friendly Social Hour (read: nice food, nice beer & wine, a Febreze-ed/aired-out room) the evening before Convocation. This is timed so that you can enjoy some hors d’oeuvres and introduce your guests to your MAPH colleagues, your preceptor, MAPHCentral, etc. before dinner. If you need a recommendation for the location of said dinner, check out these suggestions. Continue reading

How to Celebrate Convocation (Eating & Drinking Edition)

Halloween_Feast_FoodI know, I know. Theses are due next week. You currently live in the Reg. Last night you happened to leave your spot for like 20 minutes without marking it with a sweatshirt/scarf/coffee mug/whatever and then you came back and there’s some person sitting there in pajama pants eating Twizzlers and it had the perfect position under the florescent lights and now how are you supposed to finish anything today and that other new person is seriously talking on the phone and your advisor just emailed you again and YOU WANT ME TO THINK ABOUT CONVOCATION?!? I’m not about to graduate; I’m about to club Twizzler kid over the head with a hardcover copy of the Chicago Manual of Style and then get taken away by the UCPD and seriously how is that person managing to eat Twizzlers audibly?!?!

So it might seem like I’m jumping the gun; I get it. Buuuuut you likely are about to graduate, and people might be coming to watch you do that, and you guys might want to go out eating and drinking somewhere new and special (not that Jimmy’s isn’t special…). You’ll be done soon and then it’s time to explore! So either bookmark this page for later use or use the guide below as a mouthwatering study break.  Continue reading

The Parents are Coming! The Parents are Coming!

FPJHow do you spend an entire weekend entertaining the people who spawned you?? … Have them take you out to fancy dinners, of course! What else are parents for?! (Oh, you know, besides emotional support, practical advice and general life-promoting things…) Here at MAPHCentral, we’ve compiled a few things we think parents and family will go gaga over – when they’re not going gaga over YOU IN YOUR FANCY CAP AND GOWN WITH THE ULTRA-PRACTICAL WING-BAT SLEEVES! Continue reading

What You Need to Know About Convocation ’13

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(This post is for those MAPHers graduating this quarter. For those of you taking more time—carry on!)

Alright, so you’ve turned in your thesis. Congratu-freaking-lations! I don’t need to tell you just how big of a deal that is. But now your eyes are naturally turning towards graduation (despite those two pesky finals you have left). Here’s everything you need to know:

If you haven’t already, you should be heading over to the bookstore (at 58th and Ellis—not the Seminary Co-op) to purchase your caps and gowns. At U of C, only PhD students are hooded—Masters students are distinguished by the long sleeves on their robes. And yes, caps and gowns are required to walk!

All convocation events are on Saturday, June 15th. Tickets are not required for any of the events. The schedule is:

convocation uchicago 18949:15am College Convocation, Main Quadrangle

This is a massive ceremony for all undergraduates and graduates in every division. No names are called and no diplomas are handed out—it’s more of a formal ceremony, an extra for those of you who want to attend. It certainly isn’t mandatory, but you’re more than welcome to go (it was a little too early for yours truly during her MAPH year). (Pictured right: a photo from my MAPH year.)

11:30am Lunch, Bartlett Commons and Bartlett Quadrangle

Lunch is provided for all Humanities Division graduates and their guests. As MAPHers constitute the majority of each year’s Humanities graduates, we will be making a large showing! The Director and Deputy Directors will likely say a few kind words, and you will bask in kinship while surreptitiously examining people’s families for funny resemblances.

mandel hall graduation1:45pm Diploma and Hooding Ceremony, Mandel Hall

After the lunch, the mentors will lead everyone in a large group over to Mandel Hall. MAPH graduates line up in one of the rooms outside of Mandel prior to the ceremony about half an hour before it begins. If you are skipping the lunch and meeting us at Mandel, just look out for MAPHers and/or mentors in their gowns.

At 1:45 you will process into Mandel Hall amidst a fanfare of bagpipes. Names will be called, diplomas will be given out, noisy embarrassing tears will be shed by your Program Coordinator and maybe one of the mentors. You know which one.

2:45pm Post-Ceremony Toast, Bartlett Quadrangle

Just a celebratory toast to the graduates with families, friends and faculty! Not mandatory, but will be nice.

And that’s it all the information I have for you. Hopefully I’ll see you around before (and after!) convocation—don’t be a stranger now, y’hear?

Eeek…my parents are coming!

Very soon your parents, siblings, grandparents, friends, lovers, etc. will be descending on Chicago like a swarm of buzzards, ready to spend the last weekend of your MAPH career asking you about job searches, moving plans, and your love life. Even those of you who are secretly (or outwardly) excited to have your parents here in a few days might just be clamoring for them to leave by the end of the weekend, especially if you don’t plan ahead. Chicago is a bustling city and it’s going to be even more bustling this weekend with the huge annual Blues Festival and the CPAC conference (which is why we were bugging you to book hotels so early).

So, our advice is to start thinking now about how to entertain your guests this weekend during the actually extensive downtime between convocation events. Oh, and right off the bat, if you haven’t made reservations for dinner Friday or Saturday yet, DO IT NOW. We put some restaurant recommendations in the Convocation timeline post, but come see us if you’re still deciding.

In the meantime, here are some helpful ideas for actual places to go and things to do (not restaurants) around town with your folks this weekend:

1. Chicago Blues Festival: The festival runs from June 8th-10th in Grant Park and is phenomenal for so many reasons. First, it’s FREE. You can wander into Grant Park pretty much anytime between 10:00AM and 9:00PM any day of the festival, pop-a-squat on a plot of grass and listen to some high quality blues music. Or, if you do feel like spending some money, you can buy some food tickets to get Robinson’s Ribs (Remember that delicious food we served you during the Opening BBQ last summer? Yeah. That was Robinson’s.), complete with corn on the cob and mac and cheese. Yum. Or, go classy and bring a blanket and a little cooler with a bottle of wine, some brie, and some baguette for your very own “outdoor mini-Social Hour” with your folks. They’ll be so impressed.

2. Green City Market: Hands down one of the best farmer’s markets in the area. It runs on Saturdays from 7:00AM-1:00PM and it located at the south end of Lincoln Park (approximately 1790 N. Clark if you want to map it). Seriously the best thing about the market is the location because there are so many other great things to do in the Lincoln Park area. Go to the market and grab a crepe or some pizza bread, maybe some fresh, local strawberries (just out as of last week) then sit and listen to the little jazz band that plays in the late morning. Then, you can wander over to the Lincoln Park Zoo or the little shops that line Armitage in Lincoln Park (Francesca’s, Paper Source, Art Effect, just to name a few). Oh, and if you’re stopping at Art Effect on Armitage, you HAVE to go to Annette’s right across the way. They have peanut better cup cookie dough ice cream. Yes, it’s all one flavor.

3. The Lichtenstein Exhibit at the Art Institute: You really can’t beat the Art Institute in terms of impressing your parents. It’s in the heart of downtown Chicago, right by Millennium Park and the building alone is worth a 15-minute ogle. Add the fact that they currently have an amazing Roy Lichtenstein retrospective up right now and you can get in for free with your UChicago ID. Your parents will marvel at their little cultured, frugal child. And, if you want the icing on the cake, hit the Chicago Architecture Foundation gift shop afterwards (right across the street on Michigan Ave.) for some early holiday shopping. Yes, I think about Christmas all the time.

4. Old Town Art Fair: This is one of the better summer art shows that comes through Chicago. First, it’s pretty huge (as in over 260 artists). Second, it’s in one of the cute, ritzy, old Chicago neighborhoods so it’s fun just to wander and look at the architecture, even if you’re not shopping for art. The main entrance is at the intersection of Lincoln and Wisconsin and it runs both Saturday and Sunday of this coming weekend.

Hopefully these suggestions will give you a jump start on plans this weekend. Don’t forget that Chicago is also home to a ton of amazing museums and a fantastic theater scene, so we’re always happy to give you more ideas if you need them!