Convocation

Convocation

Gies College of Business Convocation is celebrated each academic year in December and May. Master’s and Bachelor’s candidates who earned a degree in August 2018 or will earn a degree in December 2018 –as well as Doctoral candidates who have deposited their dissertations to the Graduate College by the campus-established deadlines for December graduation– can choose to participate in the December or May ceremony. Master’s and Bachelor’s candidates who earned a degree in August or December 2018 or will earn a degree in May 2019 or the following August (2019)*–as well as Doctoral candidates who have deposited their dissertations to the Graduate College by the campus-established deadlines–are invited to participate in the May Business Convocation.

*Bachelor’s degree candidates with 13 or fewer hours or Master’s degree candidates with 8 or fewer hours remaining who expect to complete their degree requirements in August 2019 may participate in May 2019.

In addition to Business Convocation, a university-wide Commencement ceremony is held. Click here to learn more about the university-wide Commencement ceremony.

May 2019 Commencement Weekend Events

University-wide Doctoral Hooding Ceremony
Friday, May 10, 2019 11 am- 1 pm
Foellinger Great Hall, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts
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University-wide Commencement (all candidates)
Saturday, May 11, 2019 | 9:30 – 11:30am
Memorial Stadium
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Gies College of Business Convocation (Bachelor’s, Master’s, MBA, and PhD Candidates)
Sunday, May 12, 2019 | 5:30pm
State Farm Center
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Add your name to the May 2019 Degree List

Bachelor’s degree list – Visit UI-Integrate Self-Service to add your name to the degree list by January 28, 2019.

Master’s, MBA, or PhD degree list – Visit UI-Integrate Self-Service to add your name to the degree list by March 31, 2019.

Adding your name to the degree list will ensure that it appears in the May program.  Please note that if you have suppressed any information due to FERPA, your name will not appear in the program. 

Order your Convocation regalia (cap and gown)

Students participating in the College of Business ceremony and/or campus-wide commencement are required to wear academic regalia. Mortarboards and gowns are blue. The tassel is worn on the right front quadrant of the mortarboard and is moved to the left after the degree has been conferred. Bachelor's regalia includes an orange stole.

Place regalia rental orders here.

The on-campus pick up order deadline is April 11 by 10:00 p.m. CST (for pick up at the ARC). The ship-to-home deadline is April 11 by 10 p.m. CST (to have your regalia sent to you). All rental fees will be paid at the time of order.

April 11 is the last day to receive the discounted rate. Orders placed after April 11 will cost $20.

MS/MBA/PhD graduates contact

ACCY – Cindy Wood (ckwood@illinois.edu)
MS Programs – Melinda Febus (febus1@illinois.edu), Taylor Young (taylory@illinois.edu)
BA PhD – Diana Gonzalez (dgonzal2@illinois.edu
FIN PhD– Stephanie Overmier (sovermie@illinois.edu
MBA – Nadine Gleason (nlin2@illinois.edu
iMBA – Lisa Marinelli (lmarine@illinois.edu)

More Details

  • Students can choose to participate in any or no ceremony. 
  • Accessible seating for guests should be requested on-site with a venue usher. Ushers will seat guests in reserved accessible seating. 
  • Parking is available at the State Farm Center. A campus parking map is available. Posted parking restrictions and meter rates are enforced.
  • Tickets are not required.
  • Diplomas are mailed to the "diploma" address that you have entered in UI-Integrate Self-Service. Please review your "diploma" address and update. For more information on diplomas, refer to the Office of Admissions and Record website.