Students at Commencement


Graduation Ceremonies

May 2016

The College of Engineering May Graduation Convocation Ceremony will be held on Sunday, May 15, 2016, beginning at 4:30 p.m. at Huff Hall. The College of Engineering ceremonies will be broken up into two sessions:

Session I begins at 4:30 p.m. and includes 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.

Session II begins at 7:15 p.m. and includes 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
  • Engineering Physics

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 the Dean, and receive a diploma cover. There will not be a hooding ceremony for the Ph.D. recipients at this program, only at the campus-wide ceremony on Saturday, May 14, 2016 at 9:30 a.m.

Guest tickets are required for the College of Engineering Graduation Convocation Ceremony. After registering online, students must go to room 206 Engineering Hall to pick up their guest tickets. These must be picked up by Friday, April 29, 2016 at 5:00 p.m. You will not be guaranteed tickets after this date. If there are extra tickets available, an email notification will be sent to all of the Engineering graduates and will begin to be distributed Monday, May 2, 2016.

We advise guests bring their own beverages as there are NO vending machines and a limited number of water fountains at Huff Hall.

Registration to attend the ceremony will begin on Wednesday, February 3, 2016.

If you have any additional questions, feel free to contact the Engineering Graduation Convocation Coordinator, Jennifer Sans, at (217) 333-3528 or at

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 could 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 Kay Kappes at or 217-244-6041.
  • If you are a graduate student, please contact your department.

Travel & Accommodations

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


Sunday, May 15
Saturday, December 17


Sunday, May 14
Saturday, December 23


Sunday, May 13
Saturday, December 22


Sunday, May 12


December 2015

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May 2015

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December 2014

Watch the graduation ceremony.

May 2014

Watch the College of Engineering's graduation ceremony and see the highlights from the weekend as caught on Instgram, Twitter, and Facebook.