Graduation ceremonies

Below is a guide to the winter and spring ceremonies that will recognize you for your academic accomplishments. This page is updated as information becomes available, so check back for updates.

Winter Convocation

LAS hosts a collegewide ceremony in December to recognize students earning a bachelor's or master's degree in August or December of that year. Students have the option of participating in the LAS Winter Convocation ceremony or in the university-wide commencement and LAS departmental ceremonies held in May. There is no university-wide commencement ceremony in December.

2020 LAS Winter Convocation

Congratulations on your graduation! Although we cannot celebrate in person at this time, our pride in you and your accomplishments knows no bounds. The LAS community is thinking about and celebrating you from afar.

Please join us for a virtual celebration. You may view the event on demand with your family and friends or at your convenience. Hear from Dean Gene Robinson and a distinguished alumna, enjoy student memories and a performance by the Marching Illini, and see your name listed as a member of the graduating class.

View a pdf of the 2020 Winter Convocation program.

Please note: The videos below are separated by department. Please locate your major to view your specific video. If you cannot access YouTube, each video is also available for viewing on Media Space—please view "Details about Media Space" below.

Schools of Chemical Sciences, Integrative Biology, and Molecular & Cellular Biology
Majors: Biology • Biochemistry • Biophysics & quantitative biology • Cell & developmental biology • Chemistry • Chemical and biomolecular engineering • Ecology, evolution, & conservation biology • Entomology • Integrative biology • MCB • Microbiology • Molecular & integrative physiology • Neuroscience • Plant biology • Teaching of biological science
Departments of Communication, Political Science, and Psychology
Majors: Brain and cognitive sciences • Communication • European Union studies • General curriculum • Global studies • Health communication • Individual plans of study • Political science • Psychology
Departments of Economics, Sociology, and humanities units
Majors: African American studies • Anthropology • Asian American studies • Classics • Comparative literature • Computer science + anthropology • Computer science + economics • Computer science + linguistics • Creative writing • East Asian languages & cultures • East Asian studies • Economics • Econometrics & quantitative economics • English • French • Gender & women's studies • History • History of art • Italian • Latin American studies • Latina/Latino studies • Linguistics • Philosophy • Portuguese • Religion • Rhetoric • Sociology • Spanish • Teaching English as a second language
Departments of Astronomy, Mathematics, Physics, Statistics, and School of Earth, Society, & Environment
Majors: Actuarial sciences • Applied mathematics • Astronomy • Atmospheric sciences • Computer science + astronomy • Earth, society, & environmental sustainability • Geography • Geography & geographic information science • Mathematics • Math & computer science • Physics • Statistics • Statistics & computer sciences • Teaching of mathematics

View a message from Chancellor Jones


Doctoral hooding ceremonies

Please see the Grad College's website for information.


Spring Convocation

May 2021 Commencement and convocations

The University of Illinois is monitoring the unfolding situation of coronavirus (COVID-19) and any potential impact on university events. Presently, the university has not yet made a decision about Commencement for May 2021. The central campus COVID-19 web resource is a good starting point for the latest information about the virus and its effects on university operations and plans.

Prior ceremonies