UIC Honors College: 2015 Honors Convocation

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2015 Honors College Convocation

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The Honors College Convocation recognizes the members of the Honors College Graduating Class of 2015. 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 have graduated in Summer 2014 and Fall 2014, and students who intend to graduate in May 2015 are invited to participate.



Event         2015 Honors College Convocation
Date          Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Time          7:00 pm
Location    UIC Forum, 725 W Roosevelt Road

Length of Program    Approximately 90 minutes

2015 Honors Convocation Program

Class of 2015

        "The Star-Spangled Banner"
Eric A. Gislason Interim Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
Introduction to the Class of 2015
Bette L. Bottoms Dean, Honors College
Keynote Address
Diane Primo Chairman and CEO at IntraLink Global
Sara Hall Associate Dean, Honors College
Fellow of the Year:
Alan J. SchwartzProfessor, Department of Medical Education/College of Medicine
Capstone Advisor of the Year:
Pauline M. MakiProfessor, Departments of Psychiatry and Psychology/Colleges of Medicine and Liberal Arts and Sciences
Presentation of Certificates
Class of 2015
Presentation of Donald & Leah Riddle
Prize for Outstanding Graduate
Hui-Ching Chang Associate Dean, Honors College
Presented to:
Cody S. Lee
Introduction of Student Speaker
Stacie Williams Associate Dean, Honors College
Student Address
Abhinav K. Reddy Class of 2015
Alumni Message
Rajeev K. Garg, M.D. Honors College Class of 2000
Dean's Closing Remarks
Bette L. Bottoms Dean, Honors College
Class of 2015
A reception will follow in the tent adjoining the UIC Forum.

Keynote Speaker:

Diane Primo is the founder and chairman of IntraLink Global (ILG), a next-generation marketing and content firm, creatively interlinking content strategy, social media and technology. She holds an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and a B.A. from Smith College; has pioneered new products, processes, and systems during her 30-year career; and has led some of the top product marketing organizations in the country. These include Ameritech, SBC and CDW, as well as brands in the Quaker Oats portfolio. While she has headed integrated myriad marketing practices on both a large and small scale, it has always been with technology at the core of her efforts.

In her spare time, Diane focuses her determination on the issue of homelessness in America and raising funds for the Primo Center for Women & Children, a homeless shelter on Chicago's West Side. She also sits on the board of All Chicago, the co-developer of Chicago's plan to end homelessness.

GRADUATION DECLARATIONS ARE DUE TUESDAY, APRIL 1, 2014. If you are planning to graduate this year, please complete the Honors College Graduation Declaration AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. If you plan to attend the Honors College Convocation, please contact Stacie Williams at smccloud@uic.edu by 5:00pm on Friday, May 2nd 2014.


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 & 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), beginning in April.



Bachelor of Science students will wear a gold tassel.

Bachelor of Arts students will wear a white tassel.


Tassels are included in the cap & 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 Williams aware of any required accommodations. A sign language interpreter will be present on the stage for the benefit of students and guests who are hearing impaired. If you have additional questions or concerns, you may contact Stacie 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. Fall 2014 graduates who will are unable to attend the Convocation may pick up their gold stole from the Honors College Reception desk beginning December 10. Spring 2015 graduates who are unable to attend the Convocation may pick up their gold stole from the Honors College Reception desk beginning May 6.

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, or Friday, May 1. 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 2015 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®!.

UIC Exit Survey

Please complete a short exit survey, available online at www.uiaa.org/Chicago. The survey will only take a few minutes, and gives us valuable feedback about your experiences here at UIC. Thank you in advance!

Additional Information

Please check the UIC Commencement website for additional details related to the 2015 UIC Commencement ceremonies. www.commencement.uic.edu.


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 6. You are welcome to carry the robes with you throughout the weekend - please return them after the last ceremony. If you did not order robes from the Honors College, we will have additional UIC robes on hand.

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.

Parking will be available in Lot 5 at Roosevelt and Morgan streets or in the Maxwell Street Parking Structure, each about half a block from the Forum. Reciprocal parking is available if you bring your current parking hangtag.

Further Questions?

Please contact Stephanie O'Leary at soleary@uic.edu or (312) 413-2260, or Associate Dean Stacie Williams at smccloud@uic.edu or (312) 413-2266.


Congratulations to all our graduates!