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The Honors College Convocation recognizes the Spring 2018 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 2018 are invited to participate in the Spring Convocation ceremony.




Event Spring 2018 Honors College Convocation
Date May 9, 2018
Time 7:00 pm
Location UIC Pavilion, 525 S. Racine Ave.
Length of Program Approximately 90 minutes with reception to follow


Spring 2018 Honors Convocation Program


Class of 2018
“The Star-Spangled Banner”


Susan Poser
Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs

Introduction to the Class of 2018

Ralph Keen
Dean, Honors College

Keynote Address

Eboo Patel, Interfaith Youth Core

Presentation of Faculty Awards
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Honors College Faculty Fellow of the Year

Honors College Capstone Advisor of the Year

Honors Instructor of the Year

Presentation of Certificates

Class of 2018

Presentation of Donald & Leah Riddle Prize
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for Outstanding Graduate


Student Address
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Alumni Remarks

Kenneth Thomas, Honors College Class of 2013

Dean's Closing Remarks

Ralph Keen
Dean, Honors College


Class of 2018

For the safety of all, the UIC Pavilion 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 UIC Pavilion at 312-413-5700.

Keynote Speaker

Eboo Patel, Interfaith Youth Core

Eboo Patel is a leading voice in the movement for interfaith cooperation and the Founder and President of Interfaith Youth Core (IFYC), a national nonprofit working to make interfaith cooperation a social norm. He is the author of the books Acts of Faith, Sacred Ground, and Interfaith Leadership. He is a frequent guest speaker on college campuses, a regular contributor to the public conversation around religion in America and served on President Barack Obama’s Inaugural Faith Council. Eboo holds a doctorate in the sociology of religion from Oxford University, where he studied on a Rhodes scholarship.


A reception will immediately follow the Honors College Convocation ceremony. Light refreshments will be served.


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 22, or order through the UIC East Campus bookstore from March 23-May 1.


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 UIC Pavilion, 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 UIC Pavilion website ( 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 Stephanie O’Leary ( 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 Stephanie O’Leary at 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 10. 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 4. 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 2018 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 2018 UIC Commencement ceremonies.


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 Pavilion on May 9. 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 Pavilion at 6:30. Please follow the directional signs to the staging area.

Faculty are invited to the reception after the program.

Further Questions?

Please contact Stephanie O'Leary at or (312) 413-2260, or Associate Dean Stacie McCloud Williams at or (312) 413-2266.

Congratulations to all our graduates!