Graduates in their caps and gowns celebrate at Memorial Stadium during the commencement ceremony


2023 May Convocation Ceremony

Gies Business will hold two ceremonies at The State Farm Center:

Gies iDegrees

Friday, May 12 | 3 - 4:30 pm

Undergraduate and graduate residential degrees

Sunday, May 14 | 5:30 - 8 pm

Registration deadline: Friday, April 28

Gies graduates from August 2022, December 2022 and May 2023 are eligible to participate in the May 2023 Convocation Ceremony. Please note, graduates are only eligible to participate in the ceremony for their respective degree.

Master’s degree candidates with 8 or fewer hours remaining who expect to complete their degree requirements in August 2023, may participate in Convocation; however, their names will not appear in the program until December 2023.


Graduates must have a cap and gown to participate in the ceremony. Place your cap and gown order online before April 20. There is an early discounted rate available until April 11. Additional information is available online. Questions should be directed to

Guest Tickets

Guests do not need to register to attend the Gies Convocation Ceremony. Tickets are not required for guests to attend the in-person ceremony. Seating is open and first-come, first-serve.



The convocation ceremony will be livestreamed for anyone unable to attend the ceremony in person. Please note that the below link will only display the livestream during the time of the event.

Requests and Accommodations


Accessible parking is available in each of the parking lot quadrants surrounding State Farm Center. The spaces are limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. The circle drive areas located on the East & West side of the building and are available for drop-off and pick-up.

There are accessible seating areas throughout the State Farm Center, available on a first-come, first-serve basis; including companion seating. There will be State Farm Center staff at the entrances who can direct guests to accessible seating and/or answer any on-site questions.


If you will need accessibility-related accommodations in order to participate in this event, please indicate when registering; alternatively, please contact our office at Early requests are strongly encouraged to allow sufficient time to meet your accessibility needs.

State Farm Center Policies

A clear bag policy will be in effect for the Convocation Ceremony. Guests attending convocation ceremonies will be permitted to carry one clear plastic or vinyl bag that does not exceed 12"x6"x12", or one clear drawstring bag not to exceed 12"x12", or one, one-gallon clear plastic or zip-lock bag. A small clutch no larger than 4.5"x7" may also be carried in addition to one clear bag. Additional details are available online.


Parking is available in each of the parking lot quadrants surrounding State Farm Center, at no cost. The spaces are available on a first-come, first-served basis.


Each graduate will have their picture taken as they receive their diploma. Graduates will receive information on ordering proofs, directly from GradImages®, following the ceremony.

Student Resources

Undergraduate candidates should contact the Office of Undergraduate Affairs  (, 217-333-2740) with questions.

Master’s, MBA, and PhD candidates, contact degree program office with questions.

University-wide Commencement Ceremony

May 13, 9:30 - 11:30 am, Memorial Stadium

Information on the University-wide Commencement Ceremony is available online. Graduates must register separately for this event. All questions should be directed to

2022 December Convocation Ceremony


Graduates should contact GradImages with any questions.


Gies iDegrees - December 16

Undergraduate and Graduate Residential Degrees - December 17