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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.

May 2016 Commencement Weekend Events

For official May 2014 graduation information, please visit:

Campuswide Commencement
Saturday, May 14, 2016, 9:30 am – Noon
Memorial Stadium
Doors open at 8 am

MBA Convocation (MBA Candidates Only)
Saturday, May 14, 2016, 4:30 – 5:30 pm
Foellinger Auditorium
Doors open at 3:30 pm

Contact Lisa Marinelli, with questions.

Business Convocation (Bachelor’s Candidates)
Sunday, May 15, 2016, 9 – 10:30 am
Huff Gymnasium, Huff Hall
Doors open at 8 am

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

Business Convocation (Master’s & PhD Candidates)
Sunday, May 15, 2016, 1 – 2:30 pm
Foellinger Great Hall, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts
Doors open at noon

Contact your degree program office with questions.

Bachelor’s Candidates:

College of Business Convocation for bachelor’s candidates will take place from 9:00 – 10:30 am on Sunday, May 15, 2016 at Huff Gymnasium in Huff Hall. Attendance is optional. Tickets are required for all guests. Each student will be limited to four guest tickets.

Student Tasks:

All guests will require tickets for this ceremony. Each graduate will be limited to FOUR tickets. A limited quantity of surplus tickets may be available when the ceremony draws nearer. Ticket distribution and surplus ticket details will be communicated directly to degree candidates via e-mail in April. Accessible seating will be available and can be requested to 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 notify the College of Business. 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 the 10th day of class, contact Phyllis Little, Associate Director of Records for the College of Business. 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 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.

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 College of Business, Convocation is held in the Huff Hall 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 College of Business Convocation Ceremony.


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