Graduation Ceremonies

  • Divisional Academic Hooding Ceremony
    May 24, 2019

  • University Convocation
    June 15, 2019

Congratulations to the Class of 2019 on your impending graduation! Below you will find an outline of the Pritzker School of Medicine's Graduation timeline. For additional information, please explore the links to the left. If you have additional questions that are not answered on these webpages, please contact Kate Blythe, Executive Director of Student Affairs at

Note: Preparation for graduation begins in January of the fourth year. Please refer to the graduation timeline below and Requirements for Graduation webpages to make sure that you are meeting all of the school's deadlines and requirements.

Graduation Timeline

Spring of Third Year/
Summer of Fourth Year

Schedule USMLE Step 2 Exams

December 1, 2018

Deadline to take USMLE Step 2 Exams


Review transcript for accuracy. Maureen Okonski will send audit spreadsheet.

January 1, 2019

Apply online to graduate on

March 15, 2019

Match Day!

April 1, 2019

Deadline to apply online to graduate on


Submit Licensure & Education Verification Forms to Jill Kelly in BSLC 104S or Maureen Okonski in BSLC 104Q

April 2019

Order your University of Chicago cap and gown through the University Bookstore by calling 773.702.7558. For more information, please see Cap & Gown Ordering information.

March 13, 2019

Senior Show

Participating in the Senior Show, a long-standing annual tradition, offers an excellent opportunity to say farewell to classmates and have a little fun, too!

May 15, 2019

73rd Annual Senior Scientific Session

Graduating fourth year students present their research during this prestigious seminar. Seven cash prizes for excellence in science and presentation will be awarded at the Divisional Academic Ceremony. All faculty and students are invited to attend. More information: Korry Schwanz

May 23, 2019

Student/Faculty Recognition Dinner
The Drake Hotel, 140 East Walton Place; Chicago, IL 60611-1501

This formal dinner at the Drake Hotel is sponsored by the Medical & Biological Sciences Alumni Association to welcome members of the graduating class of 2019 to the ranks of Pritzker alumni. This is your opportunity to honor favorite teaching faculty members and to thank your parents and spouses.  Students, family, and faculty are invited to attend.

May 24, 2019

29th Annual Divisional Academic Hooding Ceremony and Luncheon
Rockefeller Memorial Chapel
10:30am - 12:30pm

Pritzker School of Medicine faculty formally acknowledge and celebrate the achievements of graduating students by investing each student with an academic hood. This ceremony signifies the successful completion of the student's medical school training and welcomes graduates into the medical profession. The cost of a rented cap and gown is $65, and the hood is $42. Rented attire will be available to pick up at the bookstore.

June 15, 2019

University Convocation
Main Quadrangle, rain or shine

All candidates will participate in this ceremony, during which the president will verbally confer degrees to groups of candidates by degree type and academic program. Diploma distribution will take place at the Biological Sciences Learning Center (BSLC) from 11:00 to Noon,  immediately following the ceremony.

Please note that all degree candidates are required to wear a cap and gown.

If you have any questions or for more information, please visit the University's Convocation website.