College of LAS « Illinois

Sociology, Anthropology, and Interdisciplinary Studies Convocation

1 p.m. Sunday, May 13, 2018
Foellinger Auditorium
709 S. Mathews Ave., Urbana

Students graduating with degrees in the following units are invited to participate:

  • African American Studies
  • Anthropology
  • Asian American Studies
  • Computer Science + Anthropology
  • Gender and Women's Studies
  • Latina/Latino Studies
  • Sociology

This ceremony is only for students who earned degrees in August, October, or December 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.

Degree candidates are sent information in March regarding registration and participation.

You must register by April 20, 2018, to participate in this convocation and receive tickets. Every guest, including infants and toddlers, will need a ticket. Graduates do not need tickets.

When you complete the registration form, you will receive a confirmation number—you need that number to pick up your tickets.

Tickets | Regalia | Audition to be a speaker | Graduation announcements | Driving directions | Parking | Special assistance | Day of the deremony | Photographs | Diplomas | Questions

Please read these instructions carefully to ensure that your graduation day goes smoothly.


Each participant will receive at least eight tickets. We won't know whether we can offer extra tickets until early May. Departments will dispense tickets during the first week of May.

Details on academic attire

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

Audition to be a graduation speaker

The speech needs to be five to seven minutes in length. You will need to have the entire speech prepared for the audition. If you would like to audition to be a speaker, please email or call your department's representative by March 26. You will then be contacted by the convocation coordinator to schedule your audition.

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.

Directions to the ceremony

Foellinger Auditorium
709 S. Mathews
Urbana, Illinois

Guests with tickets may enter Foellinger Auditorium at noon. Guests without tickets may enter only after those with tickets have been seated.

Parking information

Street parking is free on Sundays. On weekends, parking is also free in University of Illinois parking lots along Oregon and Illinois streets in Urbana. You may also park in the underground parking garages of the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts. Enter the north garages off Illinois Street or the south garages off Oregon Street. Additional parking is available in parking lots and garages along Daniel and Chalmers streets on the west side of the Quad.

See the campus parking map for more information.

Special assistance/seating for guests

If family members or guests require special assistance, please contact your department's representative. He or she can provide information about parking locations, special seating, and accessible entrances.

The day of the ceremony

Report to the Lincoln Hall foyer by 11:45 a.m. Please be dressed in cap and gown when you arrive. We will not have spare caps and gowns on hand.

The convocation will begin with a procession of faculty and graduating students in academic regalia. Your name will be read as you cross the stage to receive your diploma cover. You will then return to your seat. After the singing of the Alma Mater, you will exit in the same order in which you entered.


A professional photographer will take pictures of you as you receive your diploma cover from an LAS dean. You will be able to order these photographs and will receive information about ordering at the ceremony.

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.


If you have questions, please contact your department's representative:

African American Studies
Candice Jenkins, (217) 333-7781
Liz Spears, (217) 333-3616
Asian American Studies
Christine Lyke, (217) 333-3736
Gender and Women's Studies
Virginia Swisher, (217) 333-2990
Latina/Latino Studies
M. Laura Castañeda, (217) 265-0370
Shari Day, (217) 333-1950