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School of Literatures, Cultures, and Linguistics Convocation

4:30 p.m. Saturday, May 12, 2018
Foellinger Auditorium
709 S. Mathews Ave., Urbana

The School of Literatures, Cultures, and Linguistics hosts a May Convocation ceremony for those earning degrees in the following units:

  • Classics
  • Comparative and World Literature
  • East Asian Languages and Cultures
  • French and Italian
  • Germanic Languages and Literatures
  • Linguistics (CS + Linguistics, Teaching English as a Second Language)
  • Religion
  • Slavic Languages and Literatures
  • Spanish and Portuguese
  • Translation and Interpretation

Students graduating with degrees in August or December of 2017, or are on the May 2018 pending degree list (or plan to finish in August 2018) and who did not participate in Winter Convocation are eligible to participate. Degree candidates are sent information in March regarding registration and participation.

You may begin registering Thursday, March 1, 2018, to participate in this convocation and receive tickets. Registration closes at 5 p.m. Friday, May 4, 2018.

PhD candidates are asked to provide the name of the faculty member who will hood you, and must deposit their dissertations by the spring deadline to participate.

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Please read these instructions carefully to ensure that your graduation day goes smoothly. Note: full directions were emailed to graduates in early March 2018.

Where to obtain tickets

You must register at the ceremony registration website to attend and receive tickets for your guests, as they are assigned to you by name. Initially, students will be issued up to five guest tickets. Graduates do not need tickets for themselves. Tickets and ceremony information may be picked up beginning Monday, April 30, 2018, in Room 3092C of the Foreign Languages Building and continuing on Tuesday and Wednesday, May 1-2 (all times to be announced).

If you no longer live near campus, please indicate in the comment section of the registration form where tickets and ceremony instructions can be mailed.

Any leftover tickets will be made available on May 7, the Monday after all students have had the opportunity to pick up their five tickets. Any extra tickets will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Details on academic attire

For full details about renting, purchasing, picking up and returning academic attire, please see the university's commencement website.

Graduation announcements

Personalized graduation announcements may be purchased through the Illini Union Bookstore, 809 S. Wright St., Champaign, or from Herff Jones. Announcements are also available through local bookstores and copy shops.


Foellinger Auditorium
709 S. Mathews Ave.
Urbana, IL 61801

Foellinger Auditorium policies

  • House opens 60 minutes prior to our convocation (3:30 p.m.)
  • No food, beverages, or smoking are permitted in the seating area.
  • Backpacks and other large bags are subject to search.
  • Audio and/or video recording policy is on a per-event basis; call ahead.
  • Other campus policies on student conduct also apply.

Special assistance, seating for guests, and parking

If family members or guests require special seating or assistance, please email Foellinger Auditorium Manager Greg Burdette at least two weeks prior to the ceremony (which takes place on May 12, 2018). You will also want to advise your guests about parking, as no lots are adjacent to Foellinger Auditorium. However, after 6 p.m. on Saturdays, it is not necessary to pay for metered parking along nearby streets (South Mathews, West Oregon and West Nevada to the east of Foellinger Auditorium).

No other convocation ceremonies are taking place in the Quad area around 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 12, so there should be more available parking than usual. But give yourselves time to find parking prior to 3:30 p.m., when the doors to Foellinger Auditorium open. For more information about parking or to view campus maps showing parking lots on campus, visit the campus parking website.

The day of the ceremony

Graduates should report to Room 1000 of Lincoln Hall, 702 S. Wright St., Urbana, no later than 3:45 p.m. (Give yourself time to find parking and walk to Lincoln Hall.) The ceremony will last about an hour. Convocation Coordinator Rick Partin sent more information about SLCL Convocation to the graduates via email in early March 2018. If you expect to have guests who will need a sign-language interpreter during the ceremony, please email Rick.

The convocation will begin with a procession from Lincoln Hall of faculty and graduating students in academic regalia. Following the address by this year's convocation speaker, your name will be read as you cross the stage to receive your diploma cover. Another brief address will follow, and finally, a recession to the lobby. A reception will follow, either in the Quad immediately north of Foellinger Auditorium, or, depending on the weather, in the first-floor atrium of the Foreign Languages Building, which is just east of Foellinger Auditorium.


A professional photographer will take pictures of each graduate as he/she receives a diploma cover. The photography service (GradImages®) will provide information directly to each graduate about the available photo packages and costs.

Obtaining your diploma

Because it is not possible to process grades and prepare degree lists by the day of the commencement, diplomas will be mailed approximately six weeks after graduation.

Please go into the UI Integrate Self-Service application and enter or update "Diploma Address," which is the address the university will use for mailing your diploma.

  • If the diploma is returned to the Office of the Registrar, you will be responsible for providing the correct address and paying for any forwarding mail charges, as well as a processing fee.
  • If your diploma is not returned to the Office of the Registrar, you will be responsible for providing the correct address and paying for the cost of the replacement diploma.

Follow these instructions to change your name. For additional questions, contact Registration Services.

An email from the Office of the Registrar will be sent to all potential graduates about three weeks before commencement asking them to verify their name and address and make corrections if necessary.

For University-wide Commencement Ceremony information

Please see the commencement website.


For more information about SLCL Convocation, contact Rick Partin by email or (217) 244-2341. He's available from 8 a.m. to noon and 1-5 p.m. Monday-Friday.