More than two thousand Illini Engineers traded in their coursework for hard-earned degrees this May, joining a vast network of over 80,000 alumni making a difference around the world.

This generation of graduates will innovate and invent amazing new world-changing technologies. They will solve tomorrow's greatest challenges. They will lead new companies that define new industries. And they will continue to inspire as they do the impossible.

We were thrilled to celebrate commencement with students, friends, and family. Check out photos and stories from commencement weekend by searching #ILLINOIS2018 and click the images below to follow us on Instagram.

PayPal co-founder, CEO of Affirm, and Illinois Computer Science alumnus Max Levchin addressed the Class of 2018 during the university’s 147th commencement ceremony at Memorial Stadium.

Read the new STORIED feature about Max, and watch his full commencement keynote:

Bioengineering and Electrical and Computer Engineering alumna, Gale Beanblossom (BS ’80, MS ’82) was the 2018 College of Engineering Convocation speaker. Drawing from her illustrious 32-year career with The Boeing Company, she left the Class of 2018 with some valuable advice as they begin their careers.

"I am confident that your education and experiences here have prepared you for the journey ahead. Remember to own and learn from your mistakes. Be passionate about creating meaningful products and services that foster good in the world. Be respectful and kind. Embrace and champion diversity. Leverage life’s detours. Strive to do the right thing with exemplary courage and conviction. Now go forth, and be astonishing!"
Gale Beanblossom

Leadership, innovation, collaboration, commitment—it's all in our DNA. We can't wait to see how our newest graduates will advance humanity by building a better world. Scholarships make it possible for many students to fulfill their dreams, and gifts to the Campaign for Illinois make it possible for us to provide these opportunities.

Meet a few of the inspiring students who will shape our future, thanks to the generosity of donors like you.

"I was not originally planning on pursuing engineering, but I’m very glad I made this choice. I have become passionate about the work and have really enjoyed it. I plan to attend graduate school after graduation."

Alexandra Bacula
Aerospace Engineering

"I chose to come to Illinois Engineering because it is a world class school and both of my brothers also went here. My future career goal is to work in the HVAC industry."

Joshua Brooks
Mechanical Engineering

"I plan to further my education in a medical college before seeking a professional position with medical research to help further nuclear medicine technology. I want to become a medical doctor first so I can better understand the research."

Jazz Kroeger
Nuclear, Plasma and Radiological Engineering

"I chose Illinois because of its strong reputation and the excellent resources to give students a great education. I am planning to attend graduate school to study computer science and electrical and computer engineering."

Lin Yuguang
Electrical Engineering

"Illinois Engineering has provided me with a multitude of opportunities to explore cybersecurity and data science. I was able to take advantage of these because of the scholarship I received."

Shannon Strum
Systems Engineering and Design

"I look forward with confidence to beginning my professional career with such a strong educational foundation."

Emilee Flaugher

"The civil engineering program at Illinois is one of the best in the nation, and with my scholarships and in-state tuition, it was the best choice financially."

Sean Yerkes
Civil Engineering

"I plan to continue my studies in graduate school in electrical engineering with a specialty in optical remote sensing and satellite communication. I want to eventually obtain a PhD and become a professor."

Meghan LeMay
Electrical Engineering

"I am a problem solver at heart, which is the main reason why I wanted to pursue engineering. I plan to attend graduate school in physics after graduation. My undergraduate experience at Illinois has been quite research-oriented, and I would like to eventually conduct experimental physics research as a professor."

Nirbhav Chopra
Engineering Physics

"After graduation, I will return to El Segundo to continue working for Boeing with my team from this summer. I have been blessed with a great college experiences at Illinois, and I’m excited to see what is in store for me in my future career as an engineer."

Rachel Zilz
Materials Science and Engineering

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