Graduation information

2024 Honored Guest Speaker:  Dr. John Mellinger



Three faculty members will be chosen by the class to receive: the Golden Apple Award, Hooding of the Graduates, or Reader of the Hippocratic Oath. Faculty who have received an award in the past five years are ineligible to receive that same award this year. Lists of honored faculty for the past five years are available in the Student Affairs office.

Hooding of Graduates by Family Members:

A student may choose to be hooded at commencement by a family member rather than by the faculty chosen by the class for hooding if both of the following conditions are met:

  • The family member is a medical doctor (or Ph.D.) who has an appointment with the School of Medicine, such an appointment may be as a clinical associate.
  • The hooding family member is a parent, stepparent, parent-in-law, spouse, or sibling of the graduate.
  • Please e-mail Samantha Thomas with any questions.

Graduation Gown Details:

Students must pay a $65.00 fee for gown rental. The deadline to pay for the gown rental fee is March 8, 2024. 


Students will not receive their actual diplomas during the graduation ceremony (they are too big for the holders given on stage). The diplomas will be distributed on the day of graduation after gowns, hoods, and holders are returned and if university requirements are met.

General Information for Families

Sangamon Auditorium at UIS