On August 22, 2021
2:30PM (Pre-Show) 3:00PM (Ceremony)


2021 UIC New Student Convocation

UIC New Student Convocation will be hosted virtually this year. Join Chancellor Michael D. Amiridis, current faculty and staff, UIC student leaders, and your fellow new students as we welcome you into the UIC tradition of excellence and the Fall 2021 semester.

Although the convocation ceremony is virtual, UIC will be hosting on-campus watch parties for new students and family members. If you’re interested in joining us on campus to watch the ceremony, please be sure to indicate you interest at the time of registration. More information will be sent prior to convocation to individuals who are interested in participating in a watch party.

Following the virtual Convocation ceremony, new students and family members are invited to join us on campus for our annual New Student Picnic! We look forward to having new students and families come to campus for some food, entertainment, and to celebrate the start of the new academic year!

All new, undergraduate students are expected to attend the New Student Convocation ceremony (virtually). Participation in the on-campus watch party and the new Student Picnic are optional, however highly encouraged!

  • Pre-registration is required for the virtual ceremony, Convocation Watch Party, and New Student Picnic
  • Students will need to pre-register themselves, and up to 2 guests, by Thursday, August 19
  • For contact tracing purposes you will need each guest’s name, email address, and phone number at the time of registration
  • There will be no walk-ins permitted for this event
  • Space is limited and filled on a first come, first served basis
  • For changes or cancellations, please email orhelp@uic.edu
All registered participants (new students and family members) will receive additional communication with login instructions, watch party logistics, and picnic information prior to New Student Convocation.

Please note: for the on-campus watch party and the picnic, all participants must show proof of COVID-19 vaccination or provide proof of a negative COVID-19 result within 72 hours of the event at check-in, for each unvaccinated attendee. No participants will be admitted without proof of vaccination or negative test results. New UIC students will be asked to show their Daily Pass as proof of vaccination or an accepted vaccine exemption.

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UIC New Student Convocation will be hosted virtually this year. Pre-registration is required. Following registration, all new students and family members will receive login information via the email provided at registration.

For those who register for the Watch Party of New Student Picnic, additional information will be sent about location, checking in, and other additional logistics prior to the event.

Event Registration

Official invitations are sent to new students' UIC email accounts. These emails contain unique links for each student. Please be sure to use your link to register!

Parents and family members are highly encouraged to attend. Parents and family members will need to be included by the student at time of registration. Students, don’t forget to include your family members!

Faculty / Staff Registration