December 2022 Downloadable Program - coming soon
December 2022 Live Stream of Ceremony - coming soon
Checklist for Graduation 

December ACES Convocation

Friday, December 16, 2022: 5:00 P.M.
Krannert Center for the Performing Arts | Foellinger Great Hall

  • You must register by November 11 to have your name called and printed in the program at the December 16, 2022 ACES ceremony.
  • Tickets are required for the event. Students are allotted four tickets, but have the opportunity to request more when registering for the event. 
  • Tickets will be distributed in 128 Mumford Hall from 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. from December 5-9. Tickets can be picked up by yourself or through a friend if appropriate permission has been given through registration.
  • Graduates should arrive on 'Level 2' of The Krannert Center to line up by 4:30 P.M. The ceremony will begin promptly at 5:00 P.M. 
  • The event is subject to change as the semester progresses. 

If you have questions, please email us at ACESGraduation@illinois.edu

Regalia

Academic rental attire is ordered online on the Herff Jones website. Regalia will be shipped to the address you provide in the U.S. 

Student Pricing
Early Order Discount by November 9:
    Bachelor $56
    Master $64
    Doctor $84

Regular Pricing November 10 - November 21:
    Bachelor $76
    Master $84
    Doctor $104

Rental fees are paid in full when you order online with Herff Jones. Regalia may be returned via the prepaid shipping label. Students and faculty who are participating in multiple ceremonies should keep their regalia to wear in all ceremonies they are participating in throughout the December Convocation season. More information on Regalia can be found on the University Commencement website.

Additional Information

Bachelor's:

If you are not officially graduating this fall semester, you are unable to participate in the December ceremony. If you are graduating this semester, but would like to participate in the May 2023 ceremony, please fill out the participation form sent to your Illinois email account which will allow you to indicate that you'd like to participate in the May 2023 ceremony. You will then be invited via your Illinois email in late February to register for the ceremony.  

Master's: 

Recipients of master's degrees must have deposited their dissertations in the Graduate College Thesis Office by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, December 9 2022. If you are not officially graduating this fall semester, you are unable to participate in the December ceremony. If you are graduating this semester, but would like to participate in the May 2023 ceremony, please fill out the participation form sent to your Illinois email account which will allow you to indicate that you'd like to participate in the May 2023 ceremony. You will then be invited via your Illinois email in late February to register for the ceremony.  

Doctoral:

Doctoral candidates can only participate in the December 2022 ceremony if they deposit their dissertations in the Graduate College Thesis Office by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, December 2, 2022. Recipients of doctoral degrees must have deposited their dissertation in order to participate in the Doctoral Hooding Ceremony and unit Convocation ceremonies. If you are not officially graduating this fall semester, you are unable to participate in the December ceremony. If you are graduating this semester, but would like to participate in the May 2023 ceremony, please fill out the participation form sent to your Illinois email account which will allow you to indicate that you'd like to participate in the May 2023 ceremony. You will then be invited via your Illinois email in late February to register for the ceremony.  

Checklist

As you start your last semester of coursework, use this checklist to make sure you are ready to graduate. 

  1. Place yourself on the 'Pending Degree List' in your Illinois Self-Service Account
    • In the main menu, select “Graduation”
    • Next, select “Apply to Graduate”
    • Check the appropriate term
    • Submit
    • Note that a "Pending Graduation' registration hold is placed on all graduating students. This hold will not prevent you from receiving transcripts or earning your diploma.
  2. Check your degree audit.
    • At the top of the audit, it should say "ALL REQUIREMENTS COMPLETE USING IN PROGRESS COURSES"
      If it does not, you need to meet with your advisor.
    • If you already put yourself on the 'Pending Degree List', your degree audit will say, "Attention, this student is on the spring/fall/summer degree list". If it doesn't, you can have your name added to the degree list by emailing ACES-Academics@illinois.edu

Diplomas arrive in the mail typically within 9 weeks after graduation. If you need a transcript documenting the completion of your degree before that, you may order it from the Office of the Registrar and ask that it be held until the degree is posted. More information on how to change your name on the diploma and where your diploma will be mailed is available on the Office of the Registrar's website.

Recording of May 2022 Graduation 

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Future Commencement Ceremonies

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The University of Illinois hosts a university-wide Commencement ceremony in the spring.

We host a Convocation ceremony during May Commencement Weekend, as well as each December. There is also a Doctoral Hooding ceremony during the May Commencement Weekend, as well as the first weekend of finals in December.

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