May 2024 Graduation Information


Saturday May 11, 2024

Ceremony 1 | 1:30pm | State Farm Center

Autonomy and Robotics
Electrical & Computer Engineering
Industrial & Enterprise Systems Engineering
Mechanical Science & Engineering

Ceremony 2 | 5:30pm | State Farm Center
Aerospace Engineering
Agricultural & Biological Engineering
Civil & Environmental Engineering 
Computer Science
Materials Science & Engineering
Nuclear, Plasma & Radiological Engineering 


  1. Registration for convocation is now open! Graduates from December 2023 and May 2024 may register for our May 2024 ceremonies using this LINK. *Students must have less than 13 credit hours to complete by August 2024 to participate in our May 2024 ceremonies.
  2. Graduating this August or graduated prior to December 2023? Please register using this link.
  3. Order your cap & gown. Academic attire may be ordered online at
  4. 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 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. Graduate students must declare their intent to graduate by April 2nd. You may declare your intent to graduate on self-serve banner.
  3. 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.

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 of our May 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.

The 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.

No, tickets are not required for guests attending our May ceremonies. Seats at the State Farm Center are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

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

If you will need accessibility-related accommodations in order to participate in this event, please call the State Farm Center at 866-ILLINI-1, or visit their Guest Service window (during events) located next to the West Grand Lobby.

For additional information regarding services available for guests needing accommodations, please visit the State Farm Center's ADA/Accessibility web page.

Please visit the State Farm Center's Parking & Transportation site for information regarding parking. Please disregard all information regarding payment for parking. All parking is free at the State Farm Center the day of Graduation.