Additional instructions for Winter Convocation

Read these instructions carefully to ensure that your graduation day goes smoothly.

Please note that in accordance with campus-wide protocols, all university students, faculty, staff and visitors must wear a face covering in university spaces indoors, regardless of vaccination status. Photos of graduates without face coverings may be taken outside.

Live stream

Click here to view a live stream of the 2021 celebration on Saturday, December 18.

Eligibility

Students receiving either their undergraduate degree from the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences or their master’s or doctoral degree from a unit affiliated with LAS during the summer or fall terms are invited to participate in LAS Winter Convocation. Students that do not wish to participate in the winter ceremony, may participate in the spring ceremonies. For more information on the spring ceremonies, visit commencement.illinois.edu.

Tickets

Student must register to participate in the ceremony in order to request tickets. All guests, regardless of age, need a ticket. Degree candidates do not need tickets.

Students will be able to pick up tickets in person on Thursday, Dec. 9 between 11 am – 2pm at 1000 Lincoln Hall. If available, extra tickets will also be distributed at that time on a first-come, first-served basis.

Students residing outside of the Champaign-Urbana area that would like their tickets mailed to them should indicate this in the comment section of the registration form.

Ordering your regalia

Regalia is required to participate in the ceremony. Regalia can be ordered online through Herff Jones starting on Monday, Oct. 4. To receive early order pricing, regalia orders must be submitted online by 10:59 p.m. CST on Nov. 16. Orders will be accepted through 10:59 p.m. CST on Nov. 27 at the regular rental rate.

Payment is required at the time of the order. Regalia will be shipped directly to students at the address provided (within the U.S.)

Graduation announcements

Personalized graduation announcements may be purchased through the Illini Union Bookstore, 809 S. Wright St., Champaign, Herff-Jones, or a print or copy shop of your choice.

Driving directions

Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, Foellinger Great Hall
500 S. Goodwin Ave.
Urbana, IL 61801
(217) 333-6700

Special assistance/seating for guests

The Krannert Center for the Performing Arts’ Patron Services department will make accommodations for any guests attending an event at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts. For graduation ceremonies, reservations in the accessible section of the theatre may be requested up to 5 business days before the ceremony; requests made within 5 business days of the event will be asked to contact the House Manager upon arrival to find suitable seats, subject to availability. To make a request, please complete the online form.

Photographs

A professional photographer, GradImages®, will take pictures of graduates as they receive their diploma cover from the dean of the college.

Previous years' photos are available to view and order by visiting www.gradimages.com. Simply enter your last name and use "University of Illinois" as your school name. Then, select your graduation year from the dropdown menu. Once you see your name, click on the link to view your photos. If you need additional help to locate your photos, call GradImages’ customer service department at (800) 261-2576 or email giservice@gradimages.net

Your diploma

Diploma names are displayed on diplomas and are used in the Commencement program, lists of graduates, and Commencement related press releases. Examples of diploma names include: using a middle name instead of a first name; using an abbreviated name (Tom instead of Thomas); using an Americanized name (Wendy instead of Haiyan); or using a name that better reflects one’s ethnic, racial or gender identity.

If you’d like to create a diploma name, please email us (include UIN) by October 31, 2021. Please be advised that in some situations, the name appearing on your diploma may need to match other legal documents you possess.

Because it is not possible to process grades and prepare degree lists by the day of the convocation, the Office of the Registrar will mail diplomas to graduates approximately 9 weeks after the conferral date.

For more information or to update your diploma mailing address, please visit the Office of the Registrar’s graduation webpage.

Questions

If you have any questions, please email las-grad@illinois.edu.