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Convocation

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The School of Information Sciences will hold Convocation for its graduates on Sunday, May 15, 2022, at 4:30 p.m. at Foellinger Auditorium. 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. Safiya Noble (MS/LIS '09, PhD '12) will be the convocation speaker.

Please note that 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 pending degree list. Students are responsible for putting themselves on the pending degree list the semester they plan to graduate.

Current COVID-19 guidelines for University events do not require that attendees show proof of a negative COVID-19 test or a COVID-19 vaccination record to attend. Face coverings will not be required indoors or outdoors at Commencement Weekend ceremonies. Any updates to this guidance will be e-mailed to graduates and shared on the university’s COVID-19 Event Guidance website.

Eligibility 

Bachelor’s degree candidates: Bachelor’s degree candidates are eligible to participate in the iSchool Convocation ceremony if you graduated in August 2021, December 2021, expect to finish your degree requirements in May 2022, or have 13 or fewer hours to complete by August 2022. Please note, if you expect to finish your degree requirements in August 2022, your name will only appear in the iSchool Convocation Program if you register to participate in our ceremony by the deadline.

For more information about adding your name to the degree conferral list (required to graduate) and services after leaving the iSchool, please email bsis-advising@illinois.edu.

Master's and CAS degree candidates: Master's and CAS degree candidates are eligible to participate in the iSchool Convocation ceremony if you graduated in August 2021, December 2021, expect to finish your degree requirements in May 2022, or have 8 or fewer hours to complete by August 2022. Please note, if you expect to finish your degree requirements in August 2022, your name will only appear in the iSchool Convocation Program if you register to participate in our ceremony by the deadline.

For more information about adding your name to the degree conferral list (required to graduate) and services after leaving the iSchool, please login to the iSchool Wiki page

Doctoral candidates: Doctoral degree recipients are eligible to participate in the iSchool Convocation ceremony if you graduated in August 2021, December 2021, expect to finish your degree requirements in May 2022.  Recipients of doctoral degrees must have deposited their dissertations in the Graduate College Thesis Office by 5:00 p.m. CT on Friday, April 22, 2022, in order to participate in the Graduate College Hooding Ceremony, Commencement, and/or Convocation ceremonies. 

Ceremony (Foellinger Auditorium) 

Eligible graduates must register to participate in the iSchool Convocation ceremony (either in-person or virtually). The deadline is April 24, 2022. 

iSchool Convocation Ceremony Registration

All guests are required to have a ticket. Tickets are available for pickup in Room 112 of the School of Information Sciences building (501 E. Daniel St.) Monday through Friday between 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. from April 18-May 13, 2022. Each graduate is allowed a total of 5 tickets. 

If you are not local and are unable to pick up your tickets in person, please contact Kristin Sexton by May 1, 2022 to make alternate arrangements. Non-local graduates can pick up their tickets the day of the ceremony during check-in or request to have them mailed.  If you would like to have your tickets mailed, please include your name, degree, degree date, mailing address, and number of tickets (up to 5 tickets allowed). 

The doors of Foellinger Auditorium open at 3:30 p.m. and seating is general admission. If your guests have accessibility requirements, please email the Foellinger Auditorium facility manager by May 1, 2022 to make the necessary arrangements. 

A light reception for you and your guests will be held in the Illini Union Room C, immediately following the ceremony (approximately 6:00-7:00 p.m.) Your guests are welcome to share in the celebration of your accomplishments. 

Academic Attire 

Academic attire is not required but encouraged for the iSchool Convocation ceremony.  Academic attire is required for the university-wide Commencement ceremony.  Please visit the Academic Attire website for additional details and order deadlines.

Check-in and line-up 

Check-in for Convocation will begin at 3:00 p.m. in the Foreign Languages Building (707 South Mathews Avenue, Urbana). Participants should arrive no later than 3:30 p.m. to begin lining 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. In order to ensure the procession to Foellinger Auditorium begins on time, please stay in your designated line (alphabetical order within degree) after you check-in. 

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.

Photographs 

A professional photographer from Gradlmages® will be present and 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. 

Parking 

For parking information, please see the Illinois Campus Parking 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 (J.D., D.V.M., and M.D.) degree recipients 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. 

This ceremony will be held on Saturday, May 14, 2022 at 9:30 a.m. in Memorial Stadium. The university-wide ceremony will be livestreamed at go.illinois.edu/live. Please visit the university-wide Commencement at Illinois website for more details.

Graduate College Doctoral Hooding Celebration

The ceremonial hooding of doctoral degree recipients recognizes their academic achievements and welcomes them into the community of scholars. During the ceremony, the hood with designs that indicate the degree and institution is placed over the student’s head, often by their faculty mentor or another mentor with a doctoral degree.

The Doctoral Hooding ceremony will be held on Friday, May 13, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. in Foellinger Great Hall in the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts.  Please visit the Doctoral Hooding ceremony website for more details.

Checklist for Participants

  • Eligibility: 1) I have arranged for my name to appear on the May 2022 BS, MS, CAS, or PhD degree list, 2) my name appeared on the August 2021 or December 2021 degree list, 3) I am a BS student with 13 or few hours remaining and expect to graduate in August 2022, or 4) I am an MS student with 8 or fewer hours remaining and expect to graduate in August 2022.
  • Participation: I wish to participate in the iSchool Convocation ceremony at Foellinger Auditorium on Sunday, May 15 at 4:30 p.m. and have registered for either in-person or virtual participation by the April 24 deadline. 
  • Tickets: I have picked up my tickets for the iSchool Convocation ceremony in Room 112 (April 18-May 13) or have made alternate arrangements.
  • Academic attire: I have ordered my academic attire before the deadline (10:59 p.m. CT on April 30). 
  • Commencement: I wish to participate in the university-wide Commencement ceremony at Memorial Stadium on Saturday, May 14 at 9:30 a.m. and have registered and arranged to pick up my tickets as instructed on the Commencement at Illinois website. 
  • Doctoral hooding: l am a doctoral candidate and wish to participate in the Graduate College Hooding Ceremony at the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts on May 13 at 11:00 a.m. and will have deposited my dissertation by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, April 22, and have registered and arranged to pick up my tickets as instructed on the Doctoral Hooding Ceremony website.

If you are a person with a disability who requires accommodation(s), please contact Kristin Sexton by May 1, 2022. Some accommodation requests (such as American Sign Language Interpreters) received after this date will be given due diligence to be filled but may not be guaranteed.

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 or e-mail ischool@illinois.edu.