Campuswide Commencement Ceremony Description
The campuswide 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 campuswide Commencement ceremony is scheduled for Saturday, May 12, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Convocation Ceremony Description
Another activity in which you may choose to participate is the convocation sponsored by your college, school, or department. At most convocations, undergraduate and graduate students are individually recognized, which is not possible at the larger campuswide Commencement ceremony. However, degrees are not conferred at a convocation, and usually the dean or department head presides. Convocations are designed to complement the campuswide Commencement ceremony and are scheduled so as not to conflict with the campuswide Commencement ceremony. If you plan to participate in your convocation, please follow the instructions sent from your unit.
Campuswide Commencement ceremony guests, except infants being held, must present an admission ticket. As participants, candidates and graduates do not need an admission ticket. Free tickets for the campuswide ceremony are available at the Illini Union Event Services Window during regular business hours.
Tickets may be obtained in one of the following ways:
Local Graduates and Candidates
Bachelor’s, Master’s, and J.D. students obtain tickets at the Event Services Window at the Illini Union Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Ph.D., Ed.D., J.S.D., Aud.D., and A.Mus.D. candidates complete the ticket information on the Web registration form at grad.illinois.edu/commencement or by contacting the Graduate College at (217) 333-0035. Tickets will be distributed only after your dissertation has been deposited.
D.V.M. students obtain tickets at their college office.
If you do not need all of your guest tickets, please return any extra to the Event Services Window at the Illini Union so that others may use them. If available, additional free tickets will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis on May 12 at the white ticket booth on Kirby Avenue outside the State Farm Center from 8:00 to 9:30 a.m.
Out-of-Town Graduates and Candidates Only
If you are a student who resides more than 30 miles from campus, you may request to have your campuswide ceremony tickets sent via U.S. mail.
Bachelor’s, Master’s, D.V.M., and J.D. students may download the Ticket Order Form. Tickets will not be available until after Spring Break and will be mailed to the address provided.
Ph.D., Ed.D., J.S.D., Aud.D., and A.Mus.D. candidates complete the ticket information on the Web registration form at grad.illinois.edu/commencement or by contacting the Graduate College at (217) 333-0035.
Free parking is available in the grass lots west of Memorial Stadium (weather permitting) and in Lot E-14 at the corner of First and Kirby. Guests with a handicap permit on display may park in the north State Farm Center lots. Spaces are limited an available on a first come, first served basis. For additional parking information, see the Illinois Campus Map and the Memorial Stadium Parking Map.
Campuswide Commencement Ceremony
Guests requiring special assistance, should enter Portal 1 along Kirby Avenue and enter Memorial Stadium at Gate 24. Inside the stadium, an usher will direct you to the designated accessibility seating areas. Graduates with disabilities who require special assistance to fully participate in Commencement events may contact the Committee on Commencement at (217) 333-8834 or email the Commencement Office. Please note the University does not have wheelchair rental available.
Sign language interpretation will be provided on stage as well as near Section 127 at the campuswide ceremony. Hearing-impaired students should sit as close to the stage as possible within their designated section on the field. Guests should let an usher know they need seating in Section 127 to improve visibility of the sign language interpreter. CART services will also be provided during the ceremony.
As a service to parents with small children who may become restless during the two hour Commencement, the ceremony will be televised in the West Main Hall of the stadium.
Please call the Committee on Commencement, (217) 333-8834, if additional accommodations need to be made.
For accessibility information regarding the following unit convocation venues please see below.
Most hotels begin taking reservations for Commencement Weekend very early and may already be filled in the Champaign-Urbana area. The Champaign County Convention and Visitors Bureau website may be able to assist with accommodations.
Personalized graduation announcements may be purchased through the Illini Union Bookstore, 809 South Wright Street, (217) 333-2050, or at http://www.herffjones.com/illinois/. Announcements are also available through local bookstores and copy shops.
Because it is not possible to process grades and prepare degree lists by Commencement weekend, diplomas will be mailed to May 2018 graduates by mid-July. Additional information can be found at http://registrar.illinois.edu/diplomas.
Diploma Mailing Address: The primary address that will be used to mail your diploma is the "Diploma Address." If the Diploma Address is unavailable, it will be mailed to the "Mailing Address." Students should check and update their "Diploma Address" at http://apps.uillinois.edu/selfservice/. If your diploma is returned to the Office of the Registrar, you will be responsible for providing a corrected address and paying for any forwarding mail charges.
Name Change: Information for instructions on changing your name to the version which will appear on your diploma and transcript can be found at http://www.registrar.uiuc.edu/changing-your-personal-information.
If you have any questions about your diploma, please call the Office of the Registrar at (217) 333-0210.
Commencement Printed Program
Due to printing deadlines your name will not appear in the printed Commencement Program if you indicate your intention to graduate after March 16, 2018.
The Program contains an unofficial list of candidates for graduation on May 12, 2018, and a list of graduates who received degrees in August 2017 and December 2017. The list of May graduates is as accurate as possible. However, because of printing deadlines, names of some degree recipients may not appear, while names of degree candidates may appear even though they have not completed their degree requirements.
Photographer at Ceremony
At the campuswide Commencement ceremony, GradImages® will be present to take photos of graduates and their families prior to and after the ceremony. Portrait stations will be located at Memorial Stadium. There is no sitting fee. Graduates will receive a free passport-sized photo proof image in the mail five days following the ceremony with complete ordering instructions. Orders may be placed via the website, mail, or fax. GradImages® offers 100% photo satisfaction. GradImages® will not be taking photos inside during the ceremony.
Doctoral candidates will be photographed during the hooding ceremony at the campuswide Commencement ceremony by GradImages®. There is no sitting fee. Doctoral candidates will receive a free proof via mail/email with complete ordering instructions.
Guests are welcome to take photographs during the ceremony at Memorial Stadium, but will not be permitted on the field. Videotaping is permitted; however, guests must use existing lighting. The use of tripods is not allowed due to safety concerns and in consideration of other guests.
Photography arrangements vary per convocation. Please visit your convocation ceremony website for more information.