Receiving Your Degree

You must declare your intent to graduate with the College of Engineering. This is normally done at the same time you register for your final semester of classes through the student registration system. If you do not complete this step, your name will not appear on the pending degree list, you will not receive information regarding the Graduation Ceremonies, and the date of your degree award and diploma will be delayed.

  • If you are a Bachelor of Science student and you have not declared your intent to graduate by the tenth day of class of the semester you plan to graduate, you must contact Cheryl Smith at
  • If you are a graduate student, please contact your department.

Graduation Ceremonies

May 2014

On Sunday, May 18, 2014, graduating students may attend the Campus Commencement ceremony, the College of Engineering ceremony, or both. With construction scheduled for the State Farm Center (formerly Assembly Hall), the Engineering ceremony will be held in Huff Hall on Sunday, May 18 and will be split into two separate ceremonies. There will be one ceremony from 4:30 – 6:15p.m. and a second ceremony from 7:15 – 9:00 p.m.

You must attend the ceremony that includes your department/degree. No exceptions will be made.

The 4:30 p.m. ceremony will include the following departments/degrees:

  • Computer Science
  • Electrical and Computer Engineering (Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering)
  • Industrial and Enterprise Systems Engineering (Industrial Engineering and General Engineering)
  • Materials Science and Engineering

The 7:15 p.m. ceremony will include the following departments/degrees:

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Agricultural and Biological Engineering
  • Bioengineering
  • Civil and Environmental Engineering (Civil Engineering, Environmental Engineering in Civil Engineering, and Environmental Science in Civil Engineering)
  • Mechanical Science and Engineering (Mechanical Engineering, Engineering Mechanics, Theoretical and Applied Mechanics)
  • Nuclear, Plasma and Radiological Engineering
  • Physics (Engineering Physics)

The first College of Engineering ceremony will conclude at approximately 6:15 p.m. There will be speeches and the usual pomp and circumstance. Each participant's name will be read as they cross the stage, shake hands with their department head and Dean Cangellaris, and receive a diploma cover. The second ceremony will then begin at 7:15p.m. and end approximately 9:00 p.m.

There will not be a hooding ceremony for the Ph.D. recipients at this program. The hooding ceremony for the College of Engineering Doctoral candidates only occurs at the Saturday, May 17, 2014, campuswide ceremony.

Guest Tickets

Guest tickets are now required for the College of Engineering Graduation Convocation. You will be able to receive up to 6 tickets. After registering to participate in the Engineering ceremony, you must go to room 206 Engineering Hall to pick up your tickets. Tickets will only be guaranteed until Friday, May 2 at 5:00pm. After that date any tickets not picked up will be distributed starting Monday, May 5 on a first come basis.


There will be a photographer at the Convocation ceremony to take pictures of the graduates as they receive their diploma cover. Students must indicate at the time they register for the engineering ceremony if they wish to have a free photo proof sent/emailed to them.


You are eligible to participate in the College of Engineering Graduation Convocation Ceremony if you have graduated since May 2013 or expect to finish your degree requirements in May 2014. If you are a Bachelor's student with 13 or fewer hours or a Master's student with 8 or fewer hours remaining and expect to complete your degree in August, 2014, you may participate in the May 14 Graduation Convocation; however, your name will not appear in the printed campuswide Commencement Program until May 2015. Recipients of doctoral degrees must have deposited their dissertations in the Graduate College Thesis Office by Friday, April 25 in order to participate in the Graduation Convocation ceremony.

To Participate in the College of Engineering Graduation Convocation Ceremony

1.You must have a cap and gown.

You must place your cap and gown order online before 11:59 p.m. on April 17 at Alternately, if you are unable to order via the Web, you may order regalia in the Author's Corner of the Illini Union Bookstore on Wednesday, April 2, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.; Wednesday, April 9, 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. or Thursday, April 17, 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. If you do not order by April 17, you can place a late order on the website from April 18-April 30 but you will incur a $20 late fee with your order.

Academic Attire will be distributed in the ARC, Multipurpose Room #6 (for undergraduate students) and Multipurpose Room #5 (for graduate students) at the following times:

Wednesday, May 14; 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Thursday, May 15; 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Friday, May 16; 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Saturday, May 17; 7:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Sunday, May 18; 7:30 a.m. to 10 a.m.

Academic attire will not be distributed after 10:00 a.m. on Sunday, May 18.

The rental fees for caps and gowns are: B.S. - $45.00; M.S. - $56.00; Ph.D. - $75.00. Cash and check are the only forms of payment accepted, and you will pay at the time you pick up your regalia.

Graduates should return their rented attire to the ARC, Multipurpose Room #6 on Sunday, May 18 until 10 p.m. or Monday, May 19 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Graduates who do not return their attire by 5:00 p.m. on Monday, May 19 may return the regalia to Illini Union Bookstore on Tuesday, May 20, through Friday, May 23, between 9:00 a.m and 4:00 p.m. All students returning attire after 5:00 p.m. on May 19, will be assessed a late charge of $5 per day.

2. You must register.

The sign-up period is between February 14 and April 30. At the time you register there will be additional instructions regarding ceremony procedures, print and keep these instructions in a safe place, for your use as you prepare for the ceremony on May 18. Go to room 206 Engineering Hall to pick up your guest tickets.

Diplomas will be mailed to May graduates during the summer from the Office of the Registrar after all certification has been completed.

If you have any additional questions, feel free to contact the Engineering Graduation Convocation Coordinator, Kay Kappes, at (217) 333-3528 or at We hope to see you the afternoon of the Graduation Convocation Ceremony, Sunday, May 18, 2014.

Travel & Accomodations

The University of Illinois website offers detailed travel directions to campus and the Office of Admissions website maintains links to area accommodations.

Future Graduation / Commencement Dates


Saturday, December 20


Sunday, May 17
Saturday, December 19


Sunday, May 15
Saturday, December 17


Sunday, May 14
Saturday, December 23


Sunday, May 13
Saturday, December 122


Sunday, May 12