May 2021 Grainger College of Engineering Convocation

Though we can't celebrate as we have in the past, we are still celebrating your incredible accomplishments. Here's what we have planned:

  • On May 15th, the graduating class received an email with a congratulatory video from the deans, with other convocation speakers offering congratulations as well. Watch the video below.
  • The Grainger College of Engineering will be sending all Spring 2021 certified graduates a special gift to celebrate your achievements. The gift will be sent in August. An email will be sent to gift recipients once the gift has been shipped.

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

Go to Campus 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.

  • 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 must contact the Engineering Undergraduate Programs Office at or 217-333-2280.
  • 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.
  • If you are a graduate student, please contact your department.

Campus Guides on Receiving Your Diploma

Engineering Graduation