Commencement and Convocation are not a certification of graduation, but rather a ceremony that celebrates your academic achievements. All degree requirements must be satisfied before graduation and diploma conferral. Registering for the university-wide Commencement and/or Convocation ceremonies does not place your name on the degree pending list. Students are responsible for putting themselves on the degree pending list the semester they plan to graduate.
Master's and CAS degree candidates: Master's and CAS degree candidates are eligible to participate in Commencement and Convocation if you have graduated since May 2017, expect to finish your degree requirements in May 2018, or have less than 8 hours to complete by August 2018. Please note, if you expect to finish your degree requirements in August 2018, your name will only appear in the iSchool Convocation Program if you register to participate in our ceremony by the deadline. Your name will not appear in the printed university-wide Commencement Program until May 2019.
Doctoral candidates: Recipients of doctoral degrees must have deposited their dissertations in the Graduate College Thesis Office by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, April 20, 2018, in order to participate in the Commencement and Convocation ceremonies.
Candidates participating in the university-wide Commencement ceremony should register online by April 30, 2018.
iSchool Convocation Ceremony (Foellinger Auditorium)
The School of Information Sciences will hold Convocation for its graduates on Sunday, May 13, 2018, at 4:30 p.m. at Foellinger Auditorium. Cap and gown are required. The iSchool's ceremony will be broadcast live online so all students and their family and friends can watch if they are unable to attend the ceremony in person.
You must register HERE to participate in the iSchool Convocation ceremony. The deadline is April 27, 2018.
All guests are required to have a ticket. Tickets are available for pickup in Room 112 of the School of Information Sciences building from April 2-May 4, 2018. Each graduate is allowed a total of 5 tickets. Additional tickets may be available beginning May 7th. Please contact cmhopper [at] illinois.edu (Christine Hopper) if you would like to request additional tickets or are a Leep student and need to have your tickets mailed to you.
The doors of Foellinger Auditorium open at 3:30 p.m. and seating is general admission. If your guests require special accommodations due to a physical disability, please email the Foellinger Auditorium gburd [at] illinois.edu (facility manager) directly by May 1st to make the necessary arrangements.
A light reception for you and your guests will be held in the Charles & Millicent Marshall Library Gallery (east foyer) of the Main Library immediately following our ceremony. Your guests are welcome to share in the celebration of your accomplishments. Please note that the Main Library will be closed except for the first floor.
ACADEMIC ATTIRE RENTAL
Academic attire is rented through Herff Jones. Rental fees must be paid in full by cash or check when you pick up the regalia. Payment cannot be made in advance unless you use the ship-to-home option.
Orders must be placed by 10:00 p.m. CST on April 12 to avoid a $20 late fee.
Ship-to-home Option: Graduates may elect to have their regalia shipped to an address of their choice within the United States. When selecting this option, a shipping fee applies. The deadline for this option is also April 12 at 10:00 p.m. CST. Graduates pay rental and shipping fees at the time the order is placed. A return label is included with your order.
Academic Attire Distribution
Academic attire will be distributed in the Activities and Recreation Center (ARC), Gym 1, at the following times:
Wednesday, May 9, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Thursday, May 10, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Friday, May 11, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Saturday, May 12, 7:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Sunday, May 13, 7:30 a.m. to 10 a.m.
You must present your receipt when picking up your order. Please be aware that your gown will be folded and most likely require steaming (please do not iron).
Academic Attire Returns
You must return your academic attire. Herff Jones representatives will accept your regalia at the ARC, Gym 1, at the following times:
Saturday, May 12, 12 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Sunday, May 13, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Monday, May 14, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Graduates who do not return their rented academic attire by 5:00 p.m. on Monday, May 14, are responsible for returning the regalia to the Illini Union Bookstore on Tuesday, May 15, through Friday, May 18, between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Please note: Herff Jones will assess a late fee of $5 per day to all graduates returning their regalia to the Illini Union Bookstore after May 14.
Where to Be and at What Time
Convocation participants should arrive at the Foreign Languages Building (707 South Mathews Avenue, Urbana) no later than 3:30 p.m. Check-in and line-up will begin at 3:00 p.m.
Please bring or wear all academic attire. Personal belongings should not be brought to the line-up as there is no storage available. Family members will not be permitted into the line-up area.
Check-in and Line-up
Upon arrival at the Foreign Languages Building, participants should report to the appropriate degree table to check-in. You will receive an information card which will have your name and pronunciation, if provided when you registered online. You will hand this card to the reader before you cross the stage. Your name and address will be included on the back of the card if you gave the iSchool permission to share this information with the photographer when you registered. Staff will direct you to appropriate location to line-up.
Guests are welcome to take photographs and video during the Convocation ceremony if they remain on the outside aisles. There will also be a professional photographer from GradImages® present who will take photographs of each graduate as they receive their diploma cover. Proofs will be emailed and/or mailed to each graduate if you grant permission to release your information to GradImages® when you register to participate in the ceremony.
For parking information, please see the Illinois Campus Map.
University-wide Commencement Ceremony (Memorial Stadium)
The university-wide Commencement ceremony is the official University of Illinois academic ceremony at which the Chancellor presides and the President confers degrees. Doctoral degree candidates are invited to attend but will not be hooded at the event; Doctoral, Bachelor's, Master's and Professional (JD, DVM, and MD) degree students stand as a group at their seats and are recognized by college. This is a dignified ceremony that lasts about two hours. Academic attire is required. The university-wide Commencement ceremony is scheduled for Saturday, May 12, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Checklist for Participants
___ I have arranged for my name to appear on the May 2018 MS, CAS, or PhD degree list or my name appeared on the August 2017 or December 2017 degree list, or I am an MS student with 8 or fewer hours remaining and expect to graduate in August 2018.
___ I wish to participate in the university-wide Commencement ceremony at Memorial Stadium on Saturday, May 12 at 9:30 a.m. and have registered and arranged to pick up my tickets as instructed on the Commencement at Illinois website.
___ I am a doctoral candidate and wish to participate in the hooding ceremony at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts on May 11 at 11:00 a.m. I will have deposited my dissertation by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, April 20, and have registered and arranged to pick up my tickets as instructed on the Graduate College website.
___ I wish to participate in the iSchool Convocation ceremony at Foellinger Auditorium on Sunday, May 13 at 4:30 p.m. and have registered for either in-person or virtual participation by the April 27 deadline.
___ I have picked up my tickets for the iSchool Convocation ceremony in Room 112 between April 2-May 4.
___ I have ordered my regalia (cap, gown, and hood) before the deadline (10:00 p.m. CST on April 12).
We look forward to seeing you at Convocation and hope it will be a special day for you. If you have questions about Convocation, please call (217) 244-5600 or (800) 982-0914; e-mail: cmhopper [at] illinois.edu.