Illinois Commencement 2020

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University of Illinois 2020 Commencement

One Illinois family
celebrating together

No matter where you are, join us in congratulating the success of Illinois graduates.

2021 Commencement will include both an in-person individual, private Stage Crossing experience and an online celebration featuring a virtual conferral of degrees. 2021 and 2020 graduates are invited to participate in both of these experiences.

Congratulations, Illinois graduates

Join the online celebration on May 15 at noon CT to help congratulate our amazing Illinois graduates.

"When you bring the brightest minds together, everything changes."

This photo of the Class of 2021 was taken in August 2017. Can you spot your graduate?

Experience Campus

Take a look around.

Explore some of the famous campus landmarks that will be waiting for you when you return as alumni.

lincoln statue

Lincoln's Bust in Lincoln Hall

Lincoln’s nose is shiny bright from the thousands of students who have reached out for good luck before exams.

round barn

South Farms

The university's South Farms encompass more than 1,000 acres of land used for research, teaching and outreach.

altgeld building

Altgeld Chimes

You know you’re on campus when you hear the stately ring of “Hail to the Orange” from the Altgeld Hall chimes.

stage at krannert

Krannert Center for the Performing Arts

Krannert Center is recognized as the nation’s premier university-based performing arts center.

library filled with students

University Library

Our library is one of the largest public university libraries in the world, housing more than 14 million volumes and 24 million items.

close up of alma mater

Alma Mater

Standing tall on the north side of Altgeld Hall, the iconic sculpture depicts a woman in academic robes flanked by two figures representing the university’s motto, “Learning and Labor.”

upwards shot of the hallene gateway

Hallene Gateway

The Hallene Gateway greets visitors at the east entrance of campus.

morrow plots on campus

Morrow Plots

The Morrow Plots are the oldest continuous agricultural field in the Western Hemisphere.

eternal flame light

Eternal Flame

Located on the Main Quad, the former oil lamp promises eternal love after kissing your significant other beneath it.

distant picture of the south side of illini union

Illini Union

Generations of students have enjoyed the Union’s programs, services and resources since the student center first opened its doors in 1941.

front of foellinger

Foellinger Auditorium

One of the most iconic buildings on campus, Foellinger Auditorium hosts classes, public lectures, concerts and student performances.

Alma Cam

Say hello to a familiar face and watch live from the Alma Mater statue.

The university is always here to welcome you back with open arms.

Altgeld Chimes

Sounds like home. Experience the familiar ring of the Altgeld Chimes.

Thousands of Illini.
One Illinois family.

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We’re loyal to you, Illinois

Enjoy a rendition of “Illinois Loyalty” performed virtually by members of the Marching Illini.

"You are Illinois graduates. And Illinois graduates change the world."

No matter where you are, don’t forget to turn your tassel

The tassel is worn on the right side and moved to the left when students earn their diplomas.

Alma Mater wearing a cap and gown with the tassel on the left

Honors, Graduates and Candidates

The list of graduates is as accurate as possible. However, because of production 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. The University’s official registry for conferral of degrees is the Office of the Registrar, 901 West Illinois Street, Urbana, IL 61801.

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Those of the past send greetings

Several Illinois alumni board members and awardees share congratulatory messages and words of wisdom to new Illinois graduates.


As you take your next steps, remember the familiar Illinois orange and blue is never far away.

Note about large in-person ceremony

We absolutely understand the importance of Commencement at Illinois. In the graduation cycle when it is safe to resume large, in-person gatherings, we still intend to invite graduates from 2020 and 2021 to participate in an on-campus ceremony at Memorial Stadium.