University-wide Ceremony Instructions


Registering for the University-wide Commencement Ceremony

Registration for the 2020 university-wide ceremony at Memorial Stadium will be available from March 1 through April 23, 2020 at

Doctoral candidates are invited to participate in the university-wide Commencement ceremony at Memorial Stadium, but they will not be hooded at the event.

The Graduate College will host a Hooding Ceremony on Friday, May 15 at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts. To participate in the Hooding Ceremony, doctoral candidates must register through the Graduate College online at or by contacting the Graduate College at (217) 333-0035. Doctoral students may designate someone to hood them at this ceremony. If you do not wish to designate a hooder, the dean of your college or a member of the platform party will be present to hood you. Many students, however, wish to designate someone special, such as an advisor, a faculty member, or perhaps a family member. Hooders must have an earned doctorate. It is up to the graduating student to contact and invite designated hooders, and to confirm their availability. It is also essential that hooders order rental academic regalia. UI faculty and staff will be contacted about ordering regalia, and the University will pay for their regalia rental. If you want someone outside of the University to hood you, that person will need to pay a rental fee for the non-University hooder regalia.

To designate a hooder for a convocation ceremony, please contact your academic unit.


Update Your Student Status

To protect our network, the university will remove the student status information from the NetIDs of all undergraduates, graduate students, and professional students once they graduate or leave campus. You can continue to use all of your services until your student status is removed. If you leave the University in May, your student status will be removed the following spring semester. Please see IT Services After Graduation for additional information.


University-wide Commencement Ceremony Instructions and Information

In order to participate in the university-wide Commencement ceremony, you must:

  1. Order academic attire – a mortarboard, gown, and in the case of a graduate degree, a hood.
  2. Register between March 1 and April 24 at for the university-wide Commencement ceremony and indicate you plan to participate when ordering academic attire online.
  3. Obtain guest tickets.
  4. Pick up your academic attire.


What to do on Commencement Day

Arrival Time for Candidates

Candidates for Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees, J.D., D.V.M., and Advanced Certificates should report to Memorial Stadium no later than 9:00 a.m. Please refer to the section "Seating and Conferring of Degrees" for your appropriate location inside Memorial Stadium.

Doctoral candidates should report to ARC Gym 4 by 8:30 a.m. for instructions from Graduate College staff regarding the procession into Memorial Stadium. Please do not bring anything with you to ARC or Memorial Stadium. You are not allowed to carry anything in the procession and there's no secure place to leave it in the staging area.

Candidates receiving University Honors (Bronze Tablet) should arrive at Memorial Stadium by 8:45 a.m. Additional instructions will be mailed to these candidates.

For security purposes, upon arrival, candidates and guests will be asked to demonstrate that they do not possess anything that violates the Clear Bag Policy.

In the event of rain, graduates will be given a complimentary poncho to wear over their academic attire. Umbrellas will not be allowed on the field of Memorial Stadium.


Seating Procedures

Seating and Conferring of Bachelor’s Degrees

Candidates for Bachelor’s degrees assemble in the section of Memorial Stadium on the field designated for their college or school. Candidates should fill in the front rows. Memorial Stadium ushers will provide assistance, if necessary. Candidates from each college rise as a group and are presented by their respective dean to the president.

Band and chorus members and ROTC candidates should stand at the same time that other candidates for undergraduate degrees from their college are presented to the president.

University Honors (Bronze Tablet) recipients Assemble as a group and process onto the field before the doctoral candidates. They sit together and are presented as a group to the president. They should also stand when candidates from their college are presented to the president. Bronze Tablet honorees are distinguished by orange and blue braided cords, which are worn from the left shoulder and are provided courtesy of the Office of the Chancellor.

Seating and Conferring of Master’s Degrees and Advanced Certificates

All Master’s degree and Advanced Certificate candidates sit as a group in their designated area inside the stadium. Master's degree recipients and candidates should wear their hoods into Memorial Stadium. Candidates rise as a group and are presented by the dean of the Graduate College to the president, who will confer the degrees.

Seating and Conferring of Doctoral Degrees (Ph.D., D.V.M., Ed.D., J.D., J.S.D., Aud.D., and A.Mus.D.)

All Doctoral degree recipients assemble as a group in ARC Gym 4 and line up as directed by Graduate College staff. Doctoral candidates process into the stadium following the platform party and are seated on the field of Memorial Stadium. The dean of the Graduate College asks the Doctoral candidates to rise and presents the candidates to the president, who confers the degrees.

Candidates should wear their hoods.