May 2022 Grainger College of Engineering Convocation

We are planning for an in-person ceremony in May. Kindly note that the COVID-19 situation remains fluid and plans may change in the interest of public health.

Saturday, May 14, 2022 at the State Farm Center

  • 1:30 p.m. -- Bioengineering, Electrical & Computer Engineering, Industrial & Enterprise Systems Engineering, and Mechanical Science & Engineering

  • 5:00 p.m. -- Aerospace Engineering, Agricultural & Biological Engineering, Civil & Environmental Engineering, Computer Science, Materials Science & Engineering, Nuclear, Plasma & Radiological Engineering, and Physics


  1. Register for the convocation ceremony(ies) you plan to participate in. Registration is open. No guest tickets are needed for the engineering ceremony.
  2. Order your cap & gown. Academic attire may be ordered online at The deadline to order academic attire at the early discounted rate is April 12. Regular pricing will be available online April 13 through April 30.
  3. Complete the IlliniSuccess survey!

If you have questions, feel free to contact the Engineering Graduation Convocation Coordinator at:

Go to university-wide Commencement Website

Receiving Your Degree

You must declare your intent to graduate with The Grainger College of Engineering. This is normally done at the same time you register for your final semester of classes through the student registration system. If you do not complete this step, your name will not appear on the Pending Degree List, you will not receive information regarding the Graduation Ceremonies, and the date of your degree award and diploma could be delayed.

  1. If you are a Bachelor of Science student and you have not declared your intent to graduate by the tenth day of class of the semester you plan to graduate, you may request a Late Addition to the Undergraduate Engineering Degree List. If you have questions about applying to graduate, please contact the Engineering Undergraduate Programs Office at or 217-333-2280.
  2. Beginning this year, if you are part of a 5-year BS/MS or MENG program, you will only be able to participate in a Convocation/Commencement ceremony if you have completed the program entirely. You would walk as an MS graduate. If you are part of a 5-year program and are finishing your BS portion this semester, you cannot walk until your MS is completed. A joint degree program is a campus approved program in which a student concurrently pursues two specifically identified degrees, and those degrees are conferred simultaneously. For graduate students this is a combination of a graduate degree with one of the following: another graduate degree, an undergraduate degree, or a professional degree.
  3. If you are a graduate student, please contact your department.

Engineering Graduation

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

The ceremony will include speeches from distinguished alumni, current students, and Dean Rashid Bashir. Each graduate's name will be read as they cross the stage.  Dean Bashir and a representative from your department will present each graduate with a diploma cover. 

Yes! We will be live-streaming both convocation ceremonies.  Please visit this web-page the day of the event to watch either ceremony.  Please note that each ceremony is recorded and can be found at the bottom of this web-page.

Each ceremony is anticipated to last roughly 2 hours.  If you are wanting to make plans/reservations after the ceremony, we encourage families and friends to add an additional 15 minutes from the end of the ceremony to exit the State Farm Center and participate in exit traffic flow.