May 2020 Commencement Information

Due to the impact of the COVID-19 virus, Spring 2020 Commencement will not take place as scheduled. The University of Illinois at Chicago is looking currently looking at possible alternatives.

Please read President Killeen's announcement about UI System graduations ceremonies.

For more information, please read Dean Dickerson's March 17 Announcement to Students.

Checklist for Graduates

Apply to Graduate

The application to graduate deadline has passed for Spring 2020.

Order Your Cap, Gown, and Accessories Online

Each graduating student attending commencement must be purchase his/her cap and gown online through Jostens. You may also purchase commencement announcements, college rings, diploma frames, and licensed college jewelry from Jostens.

Order Your Cap, Gown, and Accessories

The last day to order graduation regalia online is Tuesday, March 17, 2020, by 11:59 p.m. CST. If you miss this deadline, you can purchase regalia at the UIC Bookstore beginning on April 22, 2020, for a $15 late fee.

Please follow these instructions to order graduate regalia:

  1. Once you navigate to the URL listed above, select the Graduation Caps & Gown catalog
  2. Select the STUDENT BDG JMLS JD collection or STUDENT BDG MASTERS 2019 GRAD > Law (if MJ or LLM)
  3. Input requested personal information (Name, height, weight, etc.)
  4. Provide payment information
  5. Submit order
  6. Receive a confirmation email from Jostens.

Note on Cords: Anticipated graduates may wear their cords from honors societies and student organizations at any point before and after the ceremony, but we ask that graduates remove these cords during the ceremony itself. Ceremony-approved honors cords are distributed with the regalia, which includes cords for academic honors (summa cum laude, magna cum laude, cum laude) and veterans cords.

Cap and Gown Pick-Up

Students who pre-ordered through Jostens can pick up their regalia at the UIC Alumni Association’s Grad Fest (UIC Student Center East, Illinois Rooms) on Wednesday, April 29, 2020 from 10 a.m.–2 p.m. Students who cannot attend Grad Fest can pick up their regalia at the UIC Bookstore beginning Thursday, April 30, 2020 during regular store hours.

Commencement Tickets

Tickets are not required for graduates or their families to attend Commencement.


The Law School will arrange for professional photographers at graduation to take headshots just before you walk across the stage. These photographs will be available for purchase online a few weeks after the Commencement ceremony. You will be contacted directly by the company when photos are available for purchase.

ADA Accommodations

To make accommodation requests, please contact UIC Venues and Events at 312.413.5700.