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Commencement - May 2017

Saturday, May 13, 2017 at 9:30 a.m. in Memorial Stadium

The campuswide Commencement ceremony is the official University of Illinois academic ceremony at which the Chancellor presides and the President confers degrees. Doctoral degree candidates are individually recognized and hooded; Bachelor's and Master's degree students stand as a group at their seats and are recognized by college. This is a dignified ceremony that lasts about two and a half hours. Academic attire is required. Many colleges, schools and departments also host convocation ceremonies, designed to complement the campuswide commencement ceremony. You are welcome to participate in the campuswide ceremony, your unit convocation or both!

New this year, you can get up-to-the-minute information about Commencement via the Commencement Guidebook app at This will be the easiest way to get last minute updates and details about the campuswide ceremony as you prepare for Commencement. 


You are eligible to participate in Commencement if you have graduated since May 2016 or expect to finish your degree requirements by May 2017.

  • If you have 8 or fewer hours remaining and expect to complete your Master's degree requirements in August 2017, you may participate in Commencement; however, your name will not appear in the printed Commencement Program until 1 May 2018.
  • Recipients of doctoral degrees must have deposited their dissertations in the Graduate College Thesis Office by April 21 in order to participate in the campuswide Commencement ceremony.
  • See the campuswide Commencement page for more information regarding eligibility.

Doctoral Student Registration

The registration deadline for doctoral students (PhD, EdD, JSD, DMA and AudD) was April 30.

If your NetID is no longer active, register using this link.

Tickets for doctoral students will be available for pickup in the Graduate College after Spring Break. Tickets will only be distributed after you have completed your dissertation deposit. A friend or family member can pick up the tickets for you by bringing a copy of your Commencement registration confirmation email. Tickets may be limited this year.

A special feature of the ceremony is the formal “hooding” of doctoral degree recipients, often by faculty advisers. During the registration process, you will have the opportunity to designate a hooder. In order to be eligible, this person must have an earned doctorate. It is up to you to contact this individual and invite them to serve as your hooder. If you do not wish to designate a hooder, a member of the platform party will hood you. April 7 is the deadline to designate a hooder.

Master's Student Registration


The registation deadline for Master's students was April 30.

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