Candidates eligible to participate in the College of Education Convocation and campuswide Commencement ceremonies include

  • August 2017 graduates
  • December 2017 graduates
  • May 2018 degree candidates
  • August 2018 degree candidates who meet the stipulations below

Note:  Doctoral candidates cannot participate in the campuswide Commencement ceremony if they do not defend by April 6, 2018 and deposit by 4:45 pm on April 20, 2018.  No exceptions, per the Committee on Commencement

August 2018 Degree Candidates

The College of Education will allow prospective doctoral candidates who will not meet the April 6th defense deadline or April 20th deposit deadline to participate in the College of Education Convocation 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 11, 2018
  2. The student must complete the College of Education Exemption Request Form.  
  3. 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 11, 2018.  
  4. The student must acknowledge that their name will not appear in the May 2018 program.  Their name will appear in the May 2019 program.  
  5. The exemption request must be approved by the department and then the Associate Dean for Academic Programs

Prospective Bachelor degree candidates with 13 or fewer hours remaining who expect to complete their degree requirements in August 2018 are eligible to participate. Students who have not yet indicated their intention to participate in either ceremony should contact the undergraduate Admission/Records Officer for the College of Education immediately. Failure to do so will prevent candidates from receiving important information. August 2018 names will not appear in the printed College Convocation or campuswide Commencement Program booklets until May 2019.

Prospective Master and Certificate of Advanced Study degree candidates with 8 or fewer hours remaining who expect to complete their degree requirements in August 2018 are eligible to participate. Students who have not yet indicated their intention to participate in either ceremony should contact at convocation@education.illinois.edu immediately. Failure to do so will prevent candidates from receiving important information. August 2018 names will not appear in the printed College Convocation and campuswide Commencement Program booklets until May 2019.