Plans for Convocation 2022

March 3, 2022

To: Members of the University Community
From: Katie Callow-Wright, Executive Vice President
Subject: Plans for Convocation 2022
Date: March 3, 2022

I am delighted to write to you today to confirm that this year’s campus-wide Convocation ceremony, during which President Alivisatos will confer degrees to all graduates, will be held on the Main Quadrangle on Saturday, June 4. The University is currently planning to hold all 2022 Convocation events in person, including the diploma and hooding ceremonies hosted by each school and division.

I am also very pleased to share that Wendy Freedman, John and Marion Sullivan University Professor in the Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics and the College, has been selected as this year’s Convocation speaker. Traditionally, Convocation addresses are given by members of the University of Chicago faculty, providing an opportunity for them to reflect on their teaching and scholarship.

Convocation is a time-honored tradition that brings together the University community to recognize the academic excellence of our students and faculty, and we as a University community look forward to welcoming our graduands and their families and friends to campus to celebrate this momentous occasion.

These events will be subject to any health and safety protocols in place at the time of the events. Should public health and safety conditions related to COVID-19 require alternative planning, the University will inform the community as promptly as possible. Please continue to check the Go Forward website for the most up-to-date safety information and health protocols, and visit for all Convocation-related updates.

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