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SPH Commencement Information

SPH Commencement Information

The School of Public Health participates in commencement ceremonies in the fall and spring semesters. The fall ceremonies are multi-college events coordinated by the campus, while the spring ceremony is coordinated by the School of Public Health. More information about the ceremonies follows below.


There are two commencement ceremonies offered by the campus in the fall, one for graduate students and one for undergraduate students. Please be sure to note the correct time for the ceremony that applies to you. Students wishing to participate in a fall ceremony must review the information below as well as that on the campus commencement page, which contains the most detailed and up-to-date information.

Where: UIC Pavilion, 525 S. Racine. Chicago, Il.

When: Saturday, December 16, 2017.

Graduate Ceremony  9:00 am

Undergraduate Ceremony 2:00 pm.


Information for Faculty

All faculty planning to participate in commencement must have appropriate academic attire. You can order your regalia using the online request form. The deadline to order is Friday, October 27, 2017. Please note that faculty participating in the fall ceremony must order their own regalia.

For more information, contact Carol Davis at

If you are planning to attend but have your own regalia, you do not need to RSVP. Plenty of seating will be available for faculty. Faculty should be backstage at least half an hour before the ceremonies and will be processed in and seated in the first rows of seating on the floor.

For more information, contact Nikki Andrae at


Information for Students


  • Summer 2017 graduates.
  • Potential Fall 2017 graduates: Students who have filed an intent to graduate application for fall 2017 and have been cleared by their academic division to participate.

To determine your eligibility, please contact the academic coordinator for your division. Furthermore, please note that students are required to RSVP by the campus in order to participate in the ceremony. No exceptions will be made.

Student RSVP: ONLY GRADUATES WHO HAVE REGISTERED MAY PARTICIPATE IN THE CEREMONIES. Please use the following link to RSVP. The system only provides access to students who graduated in summer 2017 or those who have filed to graduate in fall 2017. If you are encountering an issue, please contact your academic coordinator.

Regalia:  Students can now purchase their regalia online through Jostens starting September 1, 2017 until Saturday, October 28, 2017. All online orders will be available for pick-up at the Grad Finale event at the UIC Bookstore on December 6th and 7th, 2017.

  • Bachelors - $45
  • Masters - $56
  • PhD - $85
  • MD - $130 (includes Tam)

More information on regalia can be found here.

Seating and Tickets: Seating will be assigned by college and major; graduates will not process in. Your seating assignment will be printed on your name card, which you must bring to the ceremony with you. You are encouraged to come early to find your assigned seat.

Due to space limitations of the facilities and estimated attendance, undergraduates students will receive 5 tickets and graduate students will receive 8 tickets. If there are extra tickets available, graduates who have registered will be notified after November 28 and the tickets will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. Until that time, requests for extra tickets will be denied.

Photography: GradImages® will be the official photographer at your event. Your photos will be available to view and order by visiting their website at When looking for your photos, you will need to fill out the form on the main page. For additional help,you may call GradImages® Customer Service Department at 800.261.2576 or email

For additional information about fall commencement: Please email



The spring SPH commencement ceremony is held only for spring 2018 graduating students. Please hold the date below if you plan to participate. Additional information will be available on this page in early January 2018.

Where: UIC Pavilion, 525 S. Racine. Chicago, Il.
When: Saturday, May 12, 2018 at 4:00 p.m.

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