December 2021 Grainger College of Engineering Convocation

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

In accordance with campus-wide protocols, all university students, faculty, staff and visitors must wear a face covering in university spaces indoors, regardless of vaccination status. Photos of graduates without face coverings may be taken outside. 

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

Go to Campus Commencement Website

Grainger Engineering Convocation Ceremony

Begins December 18th @ 10:00 am

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 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.
  • 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

Photo of Alma Mater with graduate gown on

December Convocation Registration
for August & December 2021 Graduates

Eligibility Requirements

  • You are eligible to participate in The Grainger College of Engineering Convocation Ceremony if you graduated in August 2021 or expect to finish your degree requirements in¯December 2021.

  • Participation in the Convocation Ceremony is not the same thing as graduation. Students must complete all degree requirements in order to graduate and receive a diploma.

  • Adding yourself to the Pending Degree List does not automatically register you to participate in the Convocation Ceremony. You must register to participate in the ceremony. The deadline to register is November 19, 2021.

If you wish to participate in The Grainger College of Engineering Convocation Ceremony in-person on December 18, 2021 at 10:00 A.M. at the Krannert Center for Performing Arts, please complete the following steps:

  1. You must register online. The deadline to register is November 19, 2021.
    By Registering to participate in the College of Engineering convocation ceremony, you are expected to stay for the entirety of the ceremony.

    Guest ticket information is available on the registration form. The event will also be live-streamed.

  2. You MUST have a cap and gown in order to participate in the ceremony.
    You must place your cap and gown order online before 10:59 p.m. CST on November 27 at Early bird rates are available until 10:59 p.m. CT November 16. Students will need to provide payment when they place their orders online. Orders may be cancelled up until November 27 by calling Patty Storie at 314-369-6668 or emailing Students will not be able to cancel an order by returning their regalia directly to Herff Jones.

    Please note: There will NOT be a hooding ceremony for the Ph.D. candidates at this event. The Graduate College Doctoral hooding ceremony will take place on Saturday, December 11, 2021. More details about the doctoral ceremony are available on their website.

If you will need disability-related accommodations in order to participate in this event, please contact our offices at Early requests are strongly encouraged to allow sufficient time to meet your accessibility needs.

Kindly note that the COVID-19 situation remains fluid and plans may change in the interest of public health. For more information on health and safety protocols at UIUC visit:

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