Spring Convocation

We are deeply saddened to announce that the Honors College Convocation 2020 has been canceled due to the global COVID-19 pandemic.  Please watch this page for additional information about how the Honors College plans to recognize the accomplishment of the Class of 2020.

The Honors College Convocation recognizes the Spring 2020 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 2020 are invited to participate in the Spring Convocation ceremony.



Event Spring 2020 Honors College Convocation
Date May 6, 2020
Time 6:00 pm
Location Credit Union 1 Arena, 525 S. Racine Ave
Length of Program Approximately 90 minutes

Spring 2020 Honors Convocation Program

Processional Faculty and
Class of 2020
Welcome Timothy Killeen
President, University of Illinois
Susan Poser
Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
Introduction to the Class of 2020 Ralph Keen
Dean, Honors College
Keynote Address Mary Case
University Librarian, UIC
Presentation of Faculty Awards
Nominate your Honors College Faculty!
Faculty Fellow of the Year:
To be announced,
Instructor of the Year:
To be announced
Capstone Advisor of the Year:
To be announced
Presentation of Certificates Class of 2020
Presentation of Donald & Leah Riddle Prize
Apply for the Riddle Prize
for Outstanding Graduate
To be announced
Class of 2020
Student Address
Apply for Student Speaker! Submit draft for 3-5 minute speech to smccloud@uic.edu
To be announced
Class of 2020
Alumni Remarks To be announced
Honors College Class of ?
Dean's Closing Remarks Ralph Keen
Dean, Honors College
Recessional Faculty and
Class of 2020

Keynote Speaker

Mary Case, University Librarian, UIC

Mary M. Case is a University Librarian and Professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Case oversees the operations of the Richard J. Daley Library and Library of the Health Sciences in Chicago, and the Library of the Health Sciences locations in Peoria, Rockford, and Urbana, Illinois. The University Library has over 170 staff, 3 million volumes, 65,000 journals, and special collections focused on the social, political, and cultural history of Chicago. Prior to joining UIC in July 2004, Case was Director of the Office of Scholarly Communication of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) in Washington, D.C. At ARL, Case was responsible for guiding the activities of the Association related to the production, dissemination, use, and preservation of scholarly information and helped develop SPARC (the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition).

Before ARL, Professor Case was Director of Program Review at Northwestern University in the Office of the Vice President for Administration and Planning. Prior to that, she worked in serials and acquisitions at the Northwestern University Library. She is currently the Chair of the Publishing Review Task Group of the Association of Library Collections and Technical Services (a division of the American Library Association); serves on the Public Policies Committee of the Association of Research Libraries; is a Board Liaison to the I-Share Users Group for the Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in Illinois (CARLI); serves on the Human Resources and Compensation Committee of the Center for Research Libraries; is a member of the Advisory Board for the Chicago State University Department of Library, Information, and Media Studies; and is the Steering Committee Chair for the Chicago Collections Consortium.

Dean Case is retiring in May, 2020.


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 5:00 p.m.

Credit Union 1 Arena

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.


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

Where to Assemble

Honors College Graduates will assemble in the Credit Union 1 Arena, located on Harrison St. and Racine Ave. at 5:15. Please follow directional signs. Please leave your personal belongings with a family member or friend.

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 Tuesday, March 17.

All pre-ordered regalia will also be available for pick up on April 29, 2020 at the Grad Fest event. After this, students can pick up their robes from the UIC Bookstore, located in Student Center East at 750 S. Halsted.

If you did not pre-order your cap and gown, caps & gowns will be available for purchase at the UIC Bookstore, starting Wednesday, April 22, 2020.


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

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

Accessibility Accommodations

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

Honors Capstone

The Capstone Completion Form must be submitted by Friday, May 1. 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 2020 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 2020 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 6. 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 5:30. 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 13.


Further Questions?

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

 Congratulations to all our graduates!