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The Honors College Convocation recognizes the Spring 2017 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 2017 are invited to participate in the Fall Convocation ceremony.




Event Spring 2017 Honors College Convocation
Date May 3, 2017
Time 7:00 pm
Location UIC Forum, 725 W. Roosevelt Rd.
Length of Program Approximately 90 minutes


Spring 2017 Honors Convocation Program


Class of 2017
“The Star-Spangled Banner”


Susan Poser
Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs

Introduction to the Class of 2017

Ralph Keen
Dean, Honors College

Keynote Address

Rudy Valdez
UTC Aerospace Systems

Presentation of Faculty Awards

Honors College Faculty Fellow of the Year

Honors College Capstone Advisor of the Year

Honors Instructor of the Year

Presentation of Certificates

Class of 2017

Presentation of Donald & Leah Riddle Prize

for Outstanding Graduate

Ricardo D. Ramirez

Student Address

Ricardo D. Ramirez

Alumni Remarks


Dean’s Closing Remarks

Ralph Keen
Dean, Honors College


Class of 2017

Keynote Speaker

Rudy Valdez, UTC Aerospace Systems


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

Please note that academic dress is required for the Honors College Convocation ceremony. Undergraduate student caps and gowns may be purchased from the bookstores in the UIC Student Centers East (312-413-5500) or West (312-413-5550).


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 UIC Forum, located on Halsted Street and Roosevelt Road at 6:15. Please follow directional signs. Please leave your personal belongings with a family member or friend, as there will be no place to store them.


Parking will be available in Lot 5 at the corner of Roosevelt and Morgan. Refer to the UIC Commencement website at the address listed below for additional details and maps for parking.

Accessibility Accommodations

Provisions will be made for graduates with hearing or physical disabilities, if needed. Please make Associate Dean Stacie McCloud Williams aware of 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 (312) 413-2260.

Honors College Gold Stoles

Graduates who will attend the Honors College Convocation Ceremony will receive their gold stole at the ceremony. Graduates who are unable to attend the Convocation may pick up their gold stole from the Honors College Reception desk beginning May 4. The Honors College Gold Stole may be worn with your academic attire at all other college commencement ceremonies.

Honors Capstone

If you are working on an honors capstone, please note that the Capstone Completion Form must be submitted by the end of the fifteenth week, Friday, April 28. You must complete your capstone, including all paperwork, in order to participate in the Honors College Convocation, or to receive 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 2017 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 2017 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 will be able to pick up their robes at the UIC Forum on May 3. You are welcome to carry the robes with you throughout the weekend – please 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 FORUM at 6:30.Please enter the Forum through the door marked “Faculty Entrance” and follow the directional signs to the staging area.

You are all 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!