It’s time to celebrate!

Before you go too wild, you have to do a few things to be on the graduation list, have your name in the graduation program, and receive your diploma on time. Please scroll down to review the student tasks listed below.

May 2018 Commencement Weekend Events

For official May 2018 graduation information, please visit:

University-wide Commencement
Saturday, May 12, 2018, 9:30 – 11:30 am
Memorial Stadium

Gies Senior Reception
Saturday, May 12, 2018, 11:30 – 1:30 pm
The Colonnades Club in Memorial Stadium

Business Convocation (Bachelor’s, Master’s, MBA, and PhD Candidates)
Sunday, May 13, 2018, 9 – 11:30 am
State Farm Center
Doors open at 8am

Contact your degree program office with questions.

Bachelor’s Candidates:

College of Business Convocation will take place from 9 – 11:30 am on Sunday, May 13, 2018, at the State Farm Center. Attendance is optional. Tickets are not required.

Student Tasks:

Accessible seating will be available and can be requested from an usher on-site at the ceremony.

Contact the Office of Undergraduate Affairs,, (217) 333-2740 with questions.

Notification of Intent to Graduate

If you want to graduate, you have to Visit UI-Integrate Self-Service ,which notifies the College of Business when you intend to graduate (go to the Graduation tab and click Apply to Graduate). You’ll do it at the same time that you register for your final semester of classes through the student registration system.

If you don’t do it by January 29, you must fill out a paper form in 1055 BIF to add yourself to the Undergraduate Degree List for the Gies College of Business. The deadline to add yourself on the May 2018 degree list for your name to show in the convocation program is March 1.

Otherwise, your name won’t be added to the pending degree list—and the date of your degree award and diploma will be delayed.

Completion of Degree Requirements

The university establishes a degree certification date following the completion of each term. If you’re on the graduation list, you must complete all degree requirements— including requirements to formally announce your candidacy for a degree—by the degree certification date for that term.

How Your Degree Is Certified

The university establishes a degree certification date following the completion of each term. Students on the graduation list and others who wish to graduate at the end of a given term (for example, students who are completing make–up work or who are completing remaining requirements through non–residential enrollment) must have all degree requirements officially completed by the degree certification date for that term.

If You Miss Certification Deadlines

The College of Business and campus policy don’t allow individual degrees to be retroactively awarded. Nor does the policy allow retroactive posting of additional majors, minors, or other academic curricular certifications to a degree that has been awarded. Students who confirm completion of outstanding degree requirements—including the requirement to formally announce their candidacy for the degree—after the official degree certification date for a particular term will have their names added to the next available graduation list. However, such students may request and receive a letter confirming their completion of all requirements for the degree and confirming the date upon which the degree will be awarded. (You can request the letter from the Business Undergraduate Affairs Office in 1055 BIF.)


Your diploma will be mailed to your diploma address about 2 months after the official graduation date. Make sure your diploma address is updated in UI Integrate before you graduate!

If you’re an off–campus student, notify the Office of Admissions and Records, 901 W. Illinois St., of any address updates.


Ceremonies held by the college and university celebrate the achievements of graduation candidates. If you’re within 13 hours of completing your degree, it’s still possible to participate.

University-wide Commencement

Commencement celebrates and recognizes the accomplishments of students who’ve completed degrees in the past August and December, along with the candidates for May degrees.

Hosted by the President and Chancellor of the university, Commencement is held in the Memorial Stadium and features a nationally or internationally renowned speaker. Here the students aren’t recognized individually, but by college.

Tickets are required, so visit the Commencement at Illinois page in mid–February for more info.

Gies College of Business Convocation

Convocation celebrates and recognizes the accomplishments of students who’ve completed degrees in the past August and December, along with the current May candidates.

Hosted by the Dean of the Gies College of Business, Convocation is held in the State Farm Center and features one speaker, a member of the graduating class chosen by competition. Each student who attends is individually recognized by name, and he or she walks across the stage to receive a diploma cover from the Dean.

Click to find out more about the Gies College of Business Convocation Ceremony.


You must wear a cap and gown for all ceremonies. You can rent them online from Herff–Jones.

IT Services After Graduation

Graduation is just around the corner. Here’s what you need to know to make sure your important files and software come with you after you leave the University of Illinois.