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Spring Convocation 2023

The Honors College Convocation recognizes the Spring 2023 Honors College Graduates. Each Honors College graduate will receive a gold Honors stole at the ceremony, as a visible symbol of accomplishment, which can be worn at all other college commencement ceremonies. Each graduate will also receive a certificate of Honors College membership. Students who will graduate in Spring 2023 are invited to participate in the Spring Convocation ceremony.

GRADUATION DECLARATIONS WERE DUE APRIL 1, 2023.  If you have not yet submitted your Honors College Graduation Declaration, please submit the form as soon as possible.  The Honors College requires that you submit the Graduation Declaration in order to receive your Honors Gold Stole.

If you have not yet registered to attend the Honors Convocation through Marching Order, please contact Associate Dean Stacie McCloud at

Event Spring 2023 Honors College Convocation
Date May 3, 2023
Time 7:00 pm
Location UIC Dorin Forum, 725 W Roosevelt Rd.
Length of Program Approximately 1 hour 45 minutes

Spring 2023 Honors Convocation Program Heading link

Processional Faculty and Staff
Class of 2023
Introduction to the Class of 2023 Ralph Keen
Dean, Honors College
Welcome Karen Colley
Acting Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
Keynote Address Allison Arwady, MD, MPH
Commissioner of the Chicago Department of Public Health
Presentation of Faculty Awards Faculty Fellow of the Year:
Marsha Cassidy, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Instructor of the Year:
Bao Bui, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Capstone Advisor of the Year:
Unsal Ozdogru, College of Business Administration
Presentation of Certificates Class of 2023
Presentation of Donald & Leah Riddle Prize for Outstanding Graduate Spencer Huynh
Class of 2023
Student Address Clarissa Gomez
Class of 2023
Alumni Remarks Astrid Herard, MD
Honors College Class of 2000
Dean's Closing Remarks Ralph Keen
Dean, Honors College
Recessional Faculty and
Class of 2023

Keynote Speaker

Allison Arwady, MD, MPH

Commissioner of the Chicago Department of Public Health

Dr. Allison Arwady, MD, MPH, is the Commissioner of the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH), charged with leading the nation’s third-largest city’s health department. Dr. Arwady has been at CDPH since 2015, where she initially served as Chief Medical Officer, overseeing the disease control, environmental health, emergency preparedness, and behavioral health divisions, before being confirmed as Commissioner in January 2020. Prior to CDPH, she worked for the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), including as an Epidemic Intelligence Service officer. With CDC, she worked on HIV and tuberculosis in Botswana, and international outbreak responses in Saudia Arabia (Middle East Respiratory Syndrome) and Liberia (Ebola). While based at the Illinois Department of Public Health, she responded to disease outbreaks across the state. She has a bachelor’s degree from Harvard University, a master’s degree in public health from Columbia University, and completed medical school and clinical training at Yale University. Dr. Arwady is a board-certified internal medicine physician and pediatrician, a member of the American Colleges of Physicians, and continues to see primary care patients regularly.

Alumni Speaker Heading link

Astrid Herard, MD

Honors College Class of 2000

Dr. Astrid Herard is a 2000 Honors College graduate, having earned a B.A. in Liberal Arts and Sciences with Honors. She earned an M.D. from the University of Illinois at Rockford in 2005 and completed General Psychiatry residency and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry fellowship at the University of Chicago in 2010

Dr. Herard is a board-certified adult, adolescent, and child psychiatrist at Array Behavioral Care based in Mount Laurel Township, NJ, and Chicago, IL. Passionate especially about children’s mental health, she provides telepsychiatry services to youth 5 – 21 years old.


UIC Isadore and Sadie Dorin Forum Heading link

For the safety of all, the UIC Dorin Forum requires all guests to go through metal detector screening prior to entrance, and limits or prohibits certain items. Please view the policies here.

Directions and Parking Heading link

Parking will be free in lots 5C and 6.

Please see the Commencement website ( for parking maps, directions, and additional parking information.

Guests Heading link

Doors will open at 6:00 p.m.  Tickets are not required.  Guest seating is all general admission.  If your guest needs an accessibility accommodation, you may contact UIC Venues and Events directly at 312-413-5700.


Where to Assemble Heading link

Honors College Graduates will assemble in the UIC Dorin Forum at 6:00.   Please follow the directional signs to enter the Dorin Forum and to find the line-up location.

Please make sure you have your grad pass. Your grad pass can be obtained by logging into your Marching Order account and selecting Print Grad Pass.  Your grad pass will be scanned at check in and will also be used on stage to play your name recording.  If you are attending more than one ceremony, please make sure you have the grad pass specifically assigned to this ceremony.

Graduates will process into the venue in alphabetical order.  As we will be presenting your Honors College certificate during the ceremony, it is essential that you are in the correct position in line by no later than 6:45.

Please leave your personal belongings with a family member or friend.

Student Caps and Gowns Heading link

The ceremony will require formal academic dress (cap and gown).  Tassle should be worn to the right.

The deadline to pre-order your regalia through the Jostens website was 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.  In store stock may be limited.


Tassels Heading link

Bachelor of Science students will wear a gold tassel.

Bachelor of Arts students will wear a white tassel.

Tassels are included in the cap and gown price. Additional tassels are available in the campus bookstores.

Honors College Gold Stoles Heading link

Graduates attending the Honors College Convocation Ceremony will receive their gold stole at the ceremony.

Graduates unable to attend the Convocation may pick up their gold stole and certifications from the Honors College Reception desk during normal business hours, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm on May 4 or May 5.

The Honors College gold stole may be worn with your academic attire at all other college commencement ceremonies.

Accessibility Accommodations Heading link

Provisions will be made for graduates with hearing or physical disabilities, if needed. Please contact Stacie McCloud ( regarding any required accommodations. The ceremony will be projected on two screens and will include captioning for the benefit of students and guests who are hearing impaired. If you have additional questions or concerns, you may contact Stacie McCloud at or (312) 413-2260.

VIrtual Ceremony Heading link

The Honors College virtual ceremony will feature the live webcasts of the ceremonies as well as the personalized graduate slides.  All virtual ceremony sites will open 15 minutes prior to the start of the in-person ceremony.

The link can be found on the commencement homepage:

Honors Capstone Heading link

The Capstone Completion Form must be submitted by Friday, April 28. You must complete your Capstone, including all paperwork, in order to participate in the Honors College Convocation, or to pick up your gold stole.

Latin Honors Policy Heading link

Latin Honors listed below will appear on UIC transcripts for undergraduate students who earned degrees Summer 2004 or thereafter.

Summa Cum Laude 3.90 and above GPA
Magna Cum Laude 3.75 to 3.89
Cum Laude 3.50 to 3.74

Summa Cum Laude (Gold) = Highest praise
Magna Cum Laude (Silver) = High praise
Cum Laude (Bronze) = Praise

Latin Honors cords may be picked up in Room 613 SCE, starting next week.   Hours for pick up are:

  • Monday, May 1          9:00 am to 6:00 pm
  • Tuesday, May 2         9:00 am to 6:00 pm
  • Wednesday, May 3     9:00 am to 3:00 pm

Cords will also be available on site at each of the ceremonies.

UIC will reserve the right to make permanent adjustments to the list of students receiving Latin Honors based on final semester grade point average.

For additional information, please contact the Office of Registrar.

Photography Services Heading link

A professional photographer will be taking photos during the ceremony, which will include an individual photo of each graduate as they receive their Honors College certificate.   These graduation photos will be available for ordering directly from Grad Images. Students will receive ordering information by mail within two weeks of the ceremony.

If you wish to pre-register your contact information for easy access to your pictures, click here to register with GradImages®!.

Faculty Heading link

Honors College Fellows, Faculty and Friends are encouraged to attend the Honors College Convocation.

Faculty who order academic dress directly from the Honors College may pick up their robes at the UIC Dorin Forum immediately prior to the ceremony on May 3. You are welcome to keep the robes with you throughout the weekend and return them after the last ceremony.

Whether you have ordered robes or are bringing your own, you may begin robing in the staging area at the UIC Dorun Forum at 6:15. Please follow the directional signs to the staging area.

If you did not order robes, but still wish to attend the ceremony, please contact Stacie McCloud at


Additional Information Heading link

Please check the UIC Commencement website for additional details related to the Spring 2023 UIC Commencement ceremonies:

Further Questions? Heading link

Please contact Associate Dean Stacie McCloud at or call the Honors College at (312) 413-2260.

 Congratulations to all our graduates!