Spring Convocation

The Honors College Convocation recognizes the Spring 2019 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 2019 are invited to participate in the Spring Convocation ceremony.



Event Spring 2019 Honors College Convocation
Date May 8, 2019
Time 7:00 pm
Location Credit Union 1 Arena, 525 S. Racine Ave
Length of Program Approximately 90 minutes

Spring 2019 Honors Convocation Program

Processional Faculty
Class of 2019

“The Star-Spangled Banner”
Welcome Susan Poser
Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
Introduction to the Class of 2018 Ralph Keen
Dean, Honors College
Keynote Address Brittany Merritt
Executive Director, Peer Health Exchange Chicago
Presentation of Faculty Awards
Nominate your Honors College Faculty!
Faculty Fellow of the Year:
Mary Jo Ladu, Dept. of Anatomy & Cell Biology
Instructor of the Year:
Jennifer Rupert, Dept. pf English
Capstone Advisor of the Year:
Aerika Loyd, Dept. of Educational Psychology
Presentation of Certificates Class of 2019
Presentation of Donald & Leah Riddle Prize
Apply for the Riddle Prize
for Outstanding Graduate
Sydney Rinehart
Class of 2019
Student Address
Apply for Student Speaker! Submit draft for 3-5 minute speech to
Ummesalmah Abdulbasseer
Class of 2019
Alumni Remarks Anthony Felder, PhD
Honors College Class of 2011
Dean's Closing Remarks Ralph Keen
Dean, Honors College
Recessional Class of 2019

For the safety of all, the Credit Union 1 Arena requires all guests to go through metal detector screening prior to entrance, and limits or prohibits certain items. Please view the policies here:

For more information, please contact the Credit Union 1 Arena at 312-413-5700.

Keynote Speaker

Brittany Merritt, Executive Director – Peer Health Exchange Chicago

Brittany rejoined Peer Health Exchange in February 2019 as the Chicago Executive Director. As the Chicago Executive Director, Brittany is primarily responsible for cultivating new and existing funding sources to support the growth of program, managing and growing the Chicago Board of Directors and providing fiscal and organizational oversight for Peer Health Exchange Chicago.  Brittany recently served as the Chief Program Officer at Umoja Student Development Corporation where she was responsible for the oversight, vision and strategy of Umoja’s program portfolio across Umoja’s core areas of college and career readiness, restorative justice, social and emotional learning, and professional development within Chicago Public Schools, the state of Illinois and nationally. Prior to joining Umoja, Brittany held other positions at Peer Health Exchange as the Chicago Director of Program & Partnerships and as the Chicago Program Director.  Brittany has a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Howard University and a Master of Arts in Sports Administration from Northwestern University.


Tickets are not required for this event. Students may invite family and friends to the event. In addition, each student is encouraged to invite their Honors College FELLOW to attend.   Seating will be on a ‘first-come, first-serve’ basis. Doors will open at 6:00 p.m.

Student Caps and Gowns

The ceremony will require formal academic dress (cap and gown). You can pre-order your regalia through the Jostens website until Thursday, March 21, or order through the UIC East Campus bookstore from March 22-April 30.

All pre-ordered regalia will also be available for pick up on May 1, 2019 from the UIC Bookstore located in Student Center East at 750 S. Halsted.

If you did not pre-order your cap an gown, caps & gowns will be available for purchase at the UIC Bookstore, as well as the Bookstore’s website, starting Wednesday, May 1, 2019.



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.

Where to Assemble

Honors College Graduates will assemble in the Credit Union 1 Arena, located on Harrison St. and Racine Ave. at 6:15. Please follow directional signs. Please leave your personal belongings with a family member or friend.


Please see the Credit Union 1 Arena website (http://www.uicpavilion.com/pavilion/directions-parking/) for parking maps, directions, and additional parking information.

Accessibility Accommodations

Provisions will be made for graduates with hearing or physical disabilities, if needed. Please contact Stacie McCloud Williams (smccloud@uic.edu) 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 Williams at smccloud@uic.edu or (312) 413-2260.

Honors College Gold Stoles

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 from the Honors College Reception desk beginning May 9. The Honors College gold stole may be worn with your academic attire at all other college commencement ceremonies.

Honors Capstone

The Capstone Completion Form must be submitted by Friday, May 3. 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

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

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 Registration and Records at 312-996-7350.

Photography Services

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. In addition, all graduates at the Convocation will be asked to appear in the Honors College Class of 2019 photo, which will be taken at the time of the ceremony.

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®!.

Additional Information

Please check the UIC Commencement website for additional details related to the Spring 2019 UIC Commencement ceremonies: www.commencement.uic.edu


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 Credit Union 1 Arena (formerly the UIC Pavilion) on May 8. 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 Credit Union 1 Arena at 6:30. Please follow the directional signs to the staging area.

Faculty RSVP and Robe Order Form for the Honors College Convocation must be submitted by March 15.


Further Questions?

Please contact Associate Dean Stacie McCloud Williams at smccloud@uic.edu or call the Honors College at (312) 413-2260.

 Congratulations to all our graduates!