College of LAS « Illinois

Graduation 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 12, 2018
Sunday, May 13, 2018

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

University-wide Commencement ceremony

The university hosts a University-wide Commencement ceremony.

LAS convocations

Winter Convocation

10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 23, 2017
Krannert Center for the Performing Arts

Watch a video of the 2017 LAS Winter Convocation ceremony.

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 University-wide Commencement and LAS departmental ceremonies held in May. There is no University-wide Commencement ceremony in December. Degree candidates for the winter ceremony will be sent information via email regarding registration.

  • Registration to participate in Winter Convocation is now closed.
  • Additional instructions for students
    How to order regalia (required) and obtain tickets, driving directions, when to arrive, and more.

Doctoral hooding ceremonies

December Hooding Ceremony

Doctoral degree candidates may choose to participate in the December Hooding Ceremony at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, December 16, 2017, in the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts' Foellinger Great Hall. LAS degree candidates may participate in either the December Hooding Ceremony or the LAS Winter Convocation or both. Please see the Grad College's website for more information.

May Hooding Ceremony

Doctoral graduates are now being invited to participate in the new May university-wide hooding ceremony from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, May 11, 2018, in Foellinger Great Hall at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts. The event celebrates the accomplishment of doctoral degree recipients and focuses on the formal hooding by their faculty advisors. The event will be also be livestreamed for family and friends who are unable to attend the ceremony in person. Registration is now open.

Doctoral candidates are also invited to attend the University-wide Commencement ceremony, where they will be part of the procession and be recognized as a group with other doctoral recipients.