May Ceremony

University-wide Commencement Ceremony

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 12, 2018 in Memorial Stadium.


9:30 a.m. Ceremony

  • College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences
  • College of Applied Health Sciences
  • College of Business
  • College of Education
  • College of Engineering
  • College of Fine and Applied Arts
  • College of Law
  • College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • College of Media
  • College of Veterinary Medicine
  • School of Information Sciences
  • School of Labor and Employment Relations
  • School of Social Work


2018 Commencement Speaker

Max Levchin (BS 1997, Engineering)
CEO and Founder, Affirm
Co-founder, PayPal
Former Chairman of the Board, Yelp