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


2024 May Convocation Ceremonies

Gies graduates from August 2023, December 2023 and May 2024 are eligible to participate in the May 2024 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 2024, may participate in Convocation.

Deadline to register is April 26.

iDegree In-Person Convocation (iMBA, iMSA, iMSM)

Friday, May 10, 3 - 4:30 pm
State Farm Center 

Undergraduate and Residential Graduate Program In-Person Convocation

Sunday, May 12, 9 - 11:30 am
State Farm Center 


Graduates must have custom University of Illinois regalia to participate in the ceremony. Place your cap and gown order online before April 25. There is an early discounted rate available until April 9. Additional details may be found online.

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. Link will be provided closer to date.


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.

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.

Requests and Accommodations


Parking for those with disabilities 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 help direct 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 for the ceremony.

University-wide Commencement Ceremony

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

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

December 2024 Gies Convocation Ceremony

Information will be posted during Summer 2024.

Student Resources and Questions

Registration/Ceremony: If you have questions about registration or the ceremony, please contact our office at

Academic: If you have academic-related eligibility questions, undergraduate candidates should contact the Office of Undergraduate Affairs at or 217-333-2740.

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