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Congratulations to our newest graduates!

We are so proud of your academic accomplishments. Your degree is conferred from one of the best engineering schools in the world and we know you are prepared to take your knowledge and experiences with you into the next stage of your life.

You are now officially a member of our truly exceptional alumni community, part of a legacy of Grainger Engineers who work hard to solve the world's biggest problems and give back to their communities to enhance the lives of others.

I know this is not the celebration you envisioned. However, please enjoy this video we created to help celebrate together, while we remain physically apart.


COVID-19 Update

Dear students, parents, faculty, staff and friends:

We are very disappointed to share the news that commencement ceremonies will not take place as scheduled in May at our universities in Urbana-Champaign, Chicago and Springfield due to the global COVID-19 pandemic. Diplomas will be mailed.

May 2020 Celebration Plans

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

  • The University is hosting a virtual ceremony. There will be no virtual ceremony at the college level. 
  • On May 16, all graduates will receive an email with a congratulatory video including messages from Dean Rashid Bashir, Andy Ballester (planned 2020 convocation speaker, co-founder of GoFundMe, Grainger Engineering alum), student representatives, and an Alma Mater sing-a-long. Watch the video above.
  • We are mailing graduates a celebratory package after graduation. 

If you have any questions, contact Michelle Huls Rice at