College of LAS « Illinois

History and Philosophy Convocation

1:30 p.m., Saturday, May 12, 2018
Lincoln Hall Theater
702 S. Wright St., Urbana

Students graduating with degrees in history or philosophy are invited to participate in a special convocation ceremony hosted by the Departments of History and Philosophy. This ceremony is only for students who earned degrees in August or December 2017, or are on the May 2018 pending degree list (or plan to finish in August 2018) and who did not participate in the LAS Winter Convocation. Doors will open at 12:30 p.m.

Degree candidates are sent information in March regarding registration and participation.

Registration closed April 13. After that date, you can indicate your desire to participate by emailing the coordinator. Please be aware that if you contact us after the registration period has closed, we cannot guarantee the availability of tickets or that your name will appear in the program.

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Please read these instructions carefully to ensure your graduation day goes smoothly.


Each graduating student will receive five tickets for guests, which are provided free of charge. Graduating students don't need a ticket, so all five should be distributed to guests.

Those who would like more than five will be able to request additional tickets. However, we cannot guarantee we will be able to honor these requests. The number of additional tickets available will depend on the number of requests, as well as the number of graduating students. You will be notified on April 18 if your request has been fulfilled.

Further information about ticket distribution will be emailed to students who have registered for the ceremony.

Details on academic attire

For full details about renting, purchasing, picking up and returning academic attire, please see the university's commencement website.

Graduation announcements

Personalized graduation announcements may be purchased through the Illini Union Bookstore, 809 S. Wright St., Champaign, or from Herff-Jones. Announcements are also available through local bookstores and copy shops.

Directions to the ceremony

Lincoln Hall Theater
702 S. Wright St., Urbana
Urbana, IL 61801

Seating begins 45 minutes prior to the convocation and is not reserved. Tickets are required.

The day of the ceremony

Participants are asked to report to the staging area (more detailed instructions will be available closer to the ceremony) no later than 12:30 p.m., in order to check in and prepare for the processional. You must be wearing your regalia; there will be no spare caps or gowns available.

The convocation will begin with a procession of faculty and administrators, followed by graduating students, into the theater. During the ceremony, you will be called to the stage and your name will be read aloud as you cross the stage and receive your diploma cover. The ceremony will last about one hour.


A professional photographer, GradImages®, will take pictures of you as you receive your diploma cover from a dean of the college. If you wish, you may fill out your contact information on the pre-event registration form. If you have any questions about the photography service, please contact the GradImages® customer service department at (800) 261-2576 or by email.

Special assistance/seating for guests

If family members or guests require special assistance, please email the convocation coordinator by no later than May 4 to make arrangements.

Obtaining your diploma

Because it is not possible to process grades and prepare degree lists by the day of the commencement, diplomas will be mailed approximately six weeks after graduation.

Please go into the UI Integrate Self-Service application and enter or update "Diploma Address," which is the address the university will use for mailing your diploma.

  • If the diploma is returned to the Office of the Registrar, you will be responsible for providing the correct address and paying for any forwarding mail charges, as well as a processing fee.
  • If your diploma is not returned to the Office of the Registrar, you will be responsible for providing the correct address and paying for the cost of the replacement diploma.

Follow these instructions to change your name. For additional questions, contact Registration Services.

An email from the Office of the Registrar will be sent to all potential graduates about three weeks before commencement asking them to verify their name and address and make corrections if necessary.


If you have any questions, please contact the convocation coordinator by email or calling (217) 265-9819.