Students at Commencement


Graduation Ceremonies

December 2015

The College of Engineering December Graduation Convocation Ceremony will be held on Saturday, December 19, 2015, beginning at 1:00 p.m. in the Foellinger Great Hall of the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts. The College of Engineering ceremony will conclude at approximately 2:30 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 the Dean, and receive a diploma cover. There will not be a hooding ceremony for the Ph.D. recipients at this program.

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 (4 tickets per student maximum). These must be picked up by Friday, December 4 at 5:00 p.m.  You will not be guaranteed tickets after this date.

Registration to attend the ceremony will begin on Monday, September 28.

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 graduatewith 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 2014

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May 2014

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