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SPH Commencement Information

SPH Commencement Information


The Commencement Ceremony for graduating students will take place at the UIC Pavilion on Saturday, May 12, 2018. Commencement will begin promptly at 4:00 p.m. and the ceremony will conclude at approximately 6:00 p.m. All graduates are required to arrive no later than 3:15 p.m. Upon arrival, graduates will check-in to obtain their name card and seat assignment. Graduates must proceed to the event floor and be seated immediately.  Following the ceremony, there will be a reception held in the Student Services Building (SSB) directly across from the Pavilion.

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

  • Graduate and Guest Arrival: 3:15 p.m. (Arrive around 3:00 pm for parking)
  • * Graduates - Gate 2
    * Guests - Gate 3

  • Faculty Arrival: 3:00 p.m.
  • * Faculty - Gate 2

What to Expect

Commencement is fast approaching. I wanted to provide some final information on what to expect and how to prepare for the ceremony. Graduates who submitted their RSVP, thank you. We have planned for your attendance and assigned you a seat. If you are a graduate who did not RSVP for the ceremony and wish to attend, please check with your academic coordinator to see if we can accommodate you.

Please click here for additional information

Metal Detector and Bag Policies

The UIC Pavilion has strict bag policies as well as mandatory passage through metal detectors for entry to the building. Please be sure to review the policies below prior to the ceremony.

KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Dr. David Satcher, MD, PhD

David Satcher, MD, PhD is a physician-scientist and public health administrator with an extensive track record of leadership, research, and community engagement. He is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Morehouse College and holds MD and PhD degrees from Case Western Reserve University. Dr. Satcher served as the 16th Surgeon General of the United States (1998-2002) and the 10th Assistant Secretary for Health in the Department of Health and Human Services (1998-2001). He also served as Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Administrator of the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR). Dr. Satcher has also held top leadership positions at the Charles R. Drew University for Medicine and Science, Meharry Medical College, and the Morehouse School of Medicine. He has received over 50 honorary degrees and has received numerous awards from diverse organizations and agencies. Currently, Dr. Satcher is the Founding Director and Senior Advisor for the Satcher Health Leadership Institute at the Morehouse School of Medicine, Atlanta, Georgia.

RSVP to Participate

Graduates, who plan to participate in the ceremony, must fill out the Graduate RSVP Form by Tuesday, March 20, 2018.

Faculty, who plan to participate in the ceremony, must fill out the Faculty RSVP Form by Friday, March 16, 2018.



You are eligible to participate if:

  • you are a spring 2018 graduate who filed an intent to graduate for the spring 2018 term and
  • RSVP’d for the ceremony.


You are not eligible to participate if:

  • you graduated prior to the spring 2018 academic term
  • you are planning to graduate after the spring 2018 term



  • Summer 2017 and Fall 2017 graduates who missed the fall ceremony and now wish to participate in the spring ceremony, may request an exception by contacting: Ms. Linda Johnson, Associate Director of Records and Registration, at
  • Summer 2018 graduates may request an exception to participate. For more information, please read the Eligibility to Participate in Commencement Policy.



Graduates with special needs must contact the UIC Pavilion at (312) 413-5700 at least 2 days prior to the College Commencement ceremony to arrange for a seat location and assistance to enable them to participate in the ceremony. Guests with special needs or those hearing-impaired may request seating assistance from the staff on duty. A sign language interpreter will be present on the stage for the benefit of students and guests who are hearing impaired. 



The UIC Pavilion is located at 525 S.Racine (corner of Racine and Harrison). For directions, please visit the UIC commencement website.



Visitor parking is available in one of three University parking lots adjacent to and across the street from the Pavilion, providing convenient parking for over 2,000 cars. You can find full information on parking on the UIC Pavilion website.



3:30 p.m. – All graduates are required to arrive no later than 3:30 p.m. to obtain their name card and seating assignment. Graduates must proceed to their seats immediately after checking in.

4:00 p.m. – Commencement faculty procession begins

4:05 p.m. – Opening remarks by Dean

6:00 p.m. – Reception begins


Information for Guests: SPH Commencement is not a ticketed event.

For out-of-town guests, a list of hotels is available here. If you have family who cannot attend, they may view the ceremony from home live on the Internet. To access the webcast, please visit the UIC Commencement website at the designated time of the ceremony. Viewers will need to click on the link for the School of Public Health.


Purchase Academic Dress (cap, gown, tassel and hood).

All students participating in Commencement must purchase a cap and gown prior to the ceremony. Students are strongly encouraged to pre-order their regalia online through Jostens now until Thursday, March 22, 2018. To place your order, click here.


All pre-ordered regalia will be available for pick-up at the UIC Bookstore (located in Student Center East at 750 S Halsted) beginning May 1, 2018.

For student who miss the pre-order deadline, students can order their regalia on the Bookstore website from Friday March 23 through Tuesday, May 1. Regalia will be available for purchase at the UIC Bookstore starting Friday, May 1. The cost is as follows: Bachelor's: $45; Master's: $56; and PhD/Doctoral: $85. (The most current and complete information can be found here).


Please note the following details regarding academic regalia

  • BA: Blue cap, blue gown, red stole, tassel indicative of degree conferred
  • MS: Blue cap, blue gown, tassel and hood indicative of college (SPH: Salmon Color)
  • PhD: Red cap, red gown, gold tassel, and hood lined with red and indigo
  • Doctorate (excluding PhD): Black cap, black gown, tassel and hood indicative of college (SPH: Salmon Color).
  • MPH and MHA: Blue cap, blue gown, tassel and hood indicative of college (SPH: Salmon Color)
  • Order graduation announcements if desired. Graduation announcements can be ordered through: Jostens.


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