Spring 2023 Commencement
SPH Commencement Celebration - Thursday, May 4, 2023 at 7:30 p.m.
Spring 2023 graduates are cordially invited to attend the SPH Spring 2023 Commencement ceremony. The ceremony will take place at the Isadore and Sadie Dorin Forum on Thursday, May 4, 2023. Commencement will begin promptly at 7:30 p.m. and the ceremony will conclude by approximately 9:30 p.m. All graduates are required to arrive no later than 6:30 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.
Where: Isadore and Sadie Dorin Forum, 725 W Roosevelt Rd., Chicago, IL
When: Thursday, May 4, 2023 at 7:30 p.m.
In addition to our in-person event, the ceremony will be webcast live with a recording available on the commencement website.
COVID-19 Restrictions: The university policy on events currently does not require proof of vaccination or a negative Covid-19 test. Masks are still recommended, but not required. The decision on whether to wear a mask is a personal choice based on many factors and UIC respects those individual decisions.
Guest Seating: Tickets are not required for guests, as this is an open-seating event. Please advise your family and friends about the open seating policy and advise them to arrive early if seating is a concern.
Accommodations: Graduates with special needs must contact the Isadore and Sadie Dorin Forum at (312) 413-9875 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.
Regalia: Caps and gowns are now available through the Josten’s website. Orders will be shipped directly to your home. The deadline to order through Josten's website is March 17. Caps and gowns will be available for purchase in the UIC Bookstore beginning March 20 for those who did not purchase from Josten’s. Graduates are encouraged to order through Josten’s. In store stock may be limited.
Parking: Parking will be available at UIC lots near the Forum.
Faculty participation: Faculty who plan to attend the ceremony need to RSVP using the link that was sent out over the faculty listserv. Faculty will need to have RSVP'd by 3/10 and plan to arrive no later than 6:30 pm.
More Information: Graduates are directed to commencement.uic.edu for the most up-to-date and accurate information about the commencement ceremony, including information on safety requirements and parking options.
Key Speaker - Admiral Rachel L. Levine, MD Heading link
Key Speaker - Admiral Rachel L. Levine, MD
Rachel L. Levine, M.D.
Admiral, U.S. Public Health Service
Assistant Secretary for Health
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Admiral Rachel L. Levine serves as the 17th Assistant Secretary for Health for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the head of the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps. She fights every day to improve the health and well-being of all Americans. She’s working to help our nation overcome the COVID-19 pandemic and build a stronger foundation for a healthier future – one in which every American can attain their full health potential. ADM Levine’s storied career, first, as a physician in academic medicine focused on the intersection between mental and physical health, treating children, adolescents, and young adults. Then as Pennsylvania’s Physician General and later as Pennsylvania’s Secretary of Health, she addressed COVID-19, the opioid crisis, behavioral health and other public health challenges.
How to participate Heading link
On March 13, you will receive an email from Clari Gomez titled “ Register for the School of Public Health Commencement Ceremony.” This will give you directions to register in the system. If you plan to attend the ceremony and did not receive this email, please contact your academic program staff (see contact information below) to request to be added to the system. You will then need to register your RSVP once you receive the follow up email from the system/Clari Gomez.
Eligibility to Participate Heading link
You are eligible to participate if:
- you are a spring 2023 graduate who filed an intent to graduate for the spring 2023 term
You are not eligible to participate if:
- you graduated prior to the spring 2023 academic term
- you are planning to graduate after the spring 2023 term
Students who will graduate in the summer term following a commencement ceremony may participate in that year’s commencement under the following conditions:
- The student must be in good academic standing.
- The student must notify their academic coordinator of their request to participate in commencement by April 1, 2023. If permission is received, the student must RSVP to participate.
- The student must be able to complete their coursework and all other degree requirements by the end
of the summer term. This must be evidenced by the academic division’s documentation of student
progress based on the program proposal, course history, and current registration.
- If the student’s degree requires a thesis or dissertation, the student must receive written approval
from their committee chair, stating that the student is on target and scheduled to defend by June 1
of the year.
- Summer graduate names will not appear in the ceremony program’s list of graduates until the Spring Commencement Ceremony following their official term of graduation. Students may request a copy of
the following year’s program through the Office of Student Affairs, while supplies last.
Please note: Participation in commencement ceremonies does not imply that a student has
graduated and earned the degree. Students are not awarded a degree until all degree
requirements are met and certified by SPH administration.
Assistance with missing invitations or determining eligibility to participate Heading link
UIC in-person graduate experience Heading link
Graduates are directed to commencement.uic.edu for the most up-to-date and accurate information about these experiences, including information on guest limitations and safety requirements. Questions about the in-person experiences should be directed to: firstname.lastname@example.org