Commencement is not a certification of graduation, but rather a ceremony that celebrates your academic achievements. All degree requirements must be satisfied before graduation and diploma conferral. You are eligible to participate in Commencement if you have graduated since May 2019 or expect to finish your degree requirements in May 2020.
Registering for the university-wide Commencement ceremony does not place your name on the degree pending list. Students are responsible for putting themselves on the degree pending list by the 10th day of class the semester they plan to graduate.
- Bachelor’s Degree Candidates
- Bachelor’s degree candidates with 13 or fewer hours remaining who expect to complete their degree requirements in August 2020 may participate in Commencement; however, their names will not appear in the printed university-wide Commencement Program until May 2021.
Bachelor’s candidates who have not yet indicated their intention to graduate should contact their college office immediately.
- Master’s Degree Candidates
- Master’s degree candidates with 8 or fewer hours remaining who expect to complete their degree requirements in August 2020, may participate in Commencement; however, their names will not appear in the printed university-wide Commencement Program until May 2021.
Master’s candidates who have not yet indicated their intention to graduate should contact the Graduate College.
- Doctoral Candidates
- Recipients of doctoral degrees must have deposited their dissertations in the Graduate College Thesis Office by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, April 24, 2020 in order to participate in the Doctoral Hooding Ceremony and unit Convocation ceremonies.
Doctoral candidates who have not yet indicated their intention to graduate should contact the Graduate College. Candidates who would like to participate in the university-wide Commencement ceremony but cannot meet the April 24, 2020 deadline for deposit of their dissertation should fill out the Appeal to Walk Form by April 22 with their special participation request, noting the anticipated date of their dissertation deposit.
Due to printing deadlines your name will not appear in the printed Commencement Program if you indicate your intention to graduate after March 13, 2020.
The Program contains an unofficial list of candidates for graduation on May 16, 2020, and a list of graduates who received degrees in August 2019 and December 2019. 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.
- Appeal to Walk
- The University of Illinois encourages graduates to participate in the Commencement ceremony for the term in which they are officially graduating, or once qualifications to participate have been reached. If you are not officially graduating this semester but want to participate in the upcoming Commencement ceremony, please submit an Online Appeal Form.
On the appeal form, you must list your rationale for why an exception should be made on your behalf. A limited number of appeals will be approved for extreme circumstances (medical reasons, leaving the country, etc.) each semester and will be based on your explanation. The deadline to submit an appeal is April 22. Once we receive your appeal form, we will take your request under consideration. We will contact you via email within two weeks of submission to notify you if your appeal has been approved or declined. If approved, you may proceed to register for Commencement. Please be sure to order your academic attire for pick-up at the ARC by the deadline so that you do not incur a late fee. You will only be charged for your attire if you pick it up during distribution.