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Convocation ceremonies

Below is a guide to the winter and spring ceremonies that will recognize you for your academic accomplishments. This page is updated as information becomes available, so check back for updates.

May commencement and convocations

Saturday, May 13, 2017
Sunday, May 14, 2017

Several options are available to you if you choose to participate in the May Commencement ceremonies. You may attend the Campuswide Commencement as well as the LAS convocation ceremony that applies to your major.

Campuswide Commencement ceremony

The university hosts a Campuswide Commencement ceremony.

LAS convocations

Many units within the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences hold convocations, which are more personalized than the Campuswide Commencement ceremony. You may attend both a college ceremony and the campuswide commencement. Please check back after December 1, 2016, for the individual units' ceremony information.

Winter Convocation

Saturday, December 17, 2016, 10-11:30 a.m.
Krannert Center for the Performing Arts

LAS hosts a collegewide ceremony in December to recognize students earning a degree in August or December of that year. Students have the option of participating in the LAS Winter Convocation ceremony or in the Campuswide Commencement and LAS departmental ceremonies held in May. There is no Campuswide Commencement ceremony in December. Degree candidates for the winter ceremony will be sent information via email regarding registration.

  • Register for Winter Convocation
    You must register by 10:59 p.m. CST Nov. 16 to participate in Winter Convocation and to receive tickets for your guests. PhD candidates are asked to provide the name of the faculty who will perform the ceremonial hooding.
  • Additional instructions for students
    How to order regalia (required) and obtain tickets, driving directions, when to arrive, and more.

Campuswide December Hooding Ceremony

Doctoral degree candidates may also choose to participate in the Campuswide December Hooding Ceremony on Saturday, December 10, 2016. LAS degree candidates may participate in either the Campuswide Hooding Ceremony or the LAS Winter Convocation or both. Please see the Grad College's website for more information.

Celebrate by giving back

image of joined hands

Celebrate your graduation—or another newly minted Illinois alumnus—with a paver or theater chair in Lincoln Hall. You’ll support the Lincoln Scholars Initiative and as a result, LAS students for years to come.