About the Ceremony

The University of Illinois is monitoring the unfolding situation of coronavirus (COVID-19) and any potential impact on university events. Presently,the university has not yet made a decision about Commencement for May 2021. A central web resource, https://covid19.illinois.edu, is a good starting point for the latest information about the virus and its effects on university operations and plans.

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 (JD, DVM, and MD) degree candidates stand as a group at their seats and are recognized by college. This is a dignified ceremony that lasts about two hours. Graduates are required to wear academic attire.

The university-wide Commencement ceremony includes all colleges and schools:

  • 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