Congratulations, Class of 2020! Re-watch the Virtual Commencement Celebration via go.illinois.edu/celebration.

Commencement Speaker

Jill Ellis speaks at a press conference.
Jill Ellis, former coach of the U.S. Women’s National Team and 2020 Commencement speaker.

Jill Ellis, who won back-to-back FIFA Women’s World Cups as coach of the U.S. Women’s National Team, was scheduled to serve as the university-wide Commencement speaker in May 2020. Due to the postponement of that event, Ellis will provide the Commencement Address in May 2021 instead.

Ellis was the head coach of the national team for five years, from 2014-19. During her tenure, she won two FIFA Women’s World Cups (2015, 2019), earned two FIFA World Coach of the Year honors and coached 132 USWNT games – the most of any coach. She has the most wins in U.S. soccer history and is the only person to win back-to-back Women’s World Cups. She resigned the position in 2019 with a record of 106-7-19. She was previously head coach of the first Illinois women’s soccer team.

Read more about Jill Ellis

Listen to an interview with Jill Ellis on WDWS radio in Champaign

The speeches from previous Commencement speakers can be found in the Past Speakers archive.