Candidates eligible to participate in the College of Education Convocation and system-wide Commencement ceremonies include:
  • August 2019 graduates
  • December 2019 graduates
  • May 2020 degree candidates
  • August 2020 degree candidates who meet the stipulations below.
Bachelor's Degree Candidates

Prospective Bachelor's degree candidates with 13 or fewer hours remaining who expect to complete their degree requirements in August 2020 are eligible to participate.

Students who have not yet indicated their intention to participate in either ceremony should contact the undergraduate Admission and Records Officer for the College of Education immediately. Failure to do so will prevent candidates from receiving important information. August 2020 names will not appear in the printed College Convocation or university-wide Commencement Program booklets until May 2021.

Master's and Certificate of Advanced Study Degree Candidates

Prospective Master and Certificate of Advanced Study degree candidates with 8 or fewer hours remaining who expect to complete their degree requirements in August 2020 are eligible to participate.

 

Students who have not yet indicated their intention to participate in either ceremony should email convocation@education.illinois.edu immediately. Failure to do so will prevent candidates from receiving important information. August 2020 names will not appear in the printed College Convocation and university-wide Commencement Program booklets until May 2021.

 

Doctoral Candidates

Doctoral candidates cannot participate in the university-wide Commencement ceremony if they do not:

  • defend by April 10, 2020
  • deposit by 4:45 pm on April 19, 2020

There are no exceptions to this rule, per the University of Illinois' Committee on Commencement.

August 2020 Doctoral Degree Candidates

The College of Education does allow prospective doctoral candidates who will not meet the deadlines above (April 10 defense, April 19 deposit) to participate in the College of Education Convocation ceremony, provided the following qualifications are met:

  1. The student must have already filed all necessary paperwork and have an approved defense date with intent to deposit by May 10, 2020.
  2. The student must complete the College of Education Exception Request Form.  
    1. A letter of support from the chairperson and/or dissertation director must be included with this request, certifying that the student is on track to deposit no later than May 10, 2020.
    2. The exemption request must be approved by their advisor, the department, and the Associate Dean for Graduate Programs.
  3. The student must have registered for the May College of Education convocation ceremony AND the August degree list.

The student's name will not appear in the May 2020 program.  Their name will appear in the May 2021 program.