Convocation Ceremony

View the May 13, 2017 Convocation Ceremony

Saturday, May 13, 2017, 5:00 pm

Festival Theatre, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts

500 South Goodwin Avenue, Urbana

The School of Integrative Biology Convocation Ceremony is for graduating seniors, Master's and Doctoral candidates in curricula under the auspices of the School of Integrative Biology. A reception will immediately follow the Ceremony in the KCPA lobby. This Ceremony is in addition to the campuswide Commencement Ceremony in Memorial Stadium.  Doctoral candidates may be hooded at either or both ceremonies.

Tickets ARE required for this event. Tickets are free and limited to five per student. Tickets may be picked up in 286 Morrill Hall, Monday through Thursday, May 8-11, between the hours of 1:00 and 4:30 PM. Additional tickets will be available on a first come, first served basis on Friday, May 12, from 8:30 AM to noon or 1:00 to 4:30 PM.

Eligibility: December 2016 graduates and May and August 2017 degree candidates are eligible to participate in this formal Ceremony. Please note that Ph.D. candidates must have their dissertation on file in the Graduate College Thesis Office by April 21.

To register to participate in the School of Integrative Biology Convocation Ceremony you must register using an online form, The information from the form will be used to prepare a card that will be handed to the reader on stage and to provide the photographer with contact information.

All graduates and degree candidates participating in the School of Integrative Biology Convocation Ceremony are required to wear appropriate academic attire. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign graduates wear custom regalia designed specifically for the campus. Academic attire consists of a blue mortarboard, blue gown, tassel, stole (Bachelor regalia), and in the case of a doctoral or master’s degree, a hood. (View custom regalia here.) Academic attire may be ordered at If you are unsure of your plans at this time, but are considering participation in either the campuswide Commencement Ceremony or the SIB Convocation Ceremony, you should place an order to rent academic attire. You will not be charged the rental fee if the academic attire is not picked up during the distribution period.

A professional photographer will be taking pictures. Proofs will be sent to the email address provided by the graduate with no obligation to purchase. Additional pictures may be ordered online.

Instructions for the day of the ceremony

Questions concerning the School of Integrative Biology Convocation Ceremony should be directed to, or you may stop by our office, 286 Morrill Hall.