UI plans for in-person graduation ceremony in spring

By Angelle Cortes

Photo Courtesy UI Public Affairs: Jamie Hendrick

In May, the University has plans to hold an in-person commencement ceremony at Memorial Stadium.

Graduation hasn’t been what it’s been normally since 2019. Back in 2020, graduates celebrated the moment online in the living room with their families. In 2021 graduates had the were able to cross the stage in the Krannert Center for Performing Arts in front of a limited number of guests.

Just a couple months from now, graduates will be able to invite family and friends for an in-person ceremony outside. The celebration will be held on Saturday, May 14 at 9:30 a.m. at Memorial Stadium.

After the commencement will follow convocation ceremonies for your specific program or department later that day or the next day.

2020 and 2021 graduates are also invited to come back and celebrate their accomplishments with family and friends. However for 2020 and 2021 graduate Trent Wheeler, he doesn’t find the need to come back since the moment has already passed.

“I don’t care at all, but at the time I really would have like to have done it with all my friends, all my classmates, the people I went to school with and had four years of experience ,” Wheeler said.

With the pandemic, the University will still follow all COVID-19 guidelines set for events that will have more than 200 people. Attendees will need to show proof of their vaccination or a negative test within the last 72 hours and wear a face covering indoors.

Photo Courtesy: Illinois Athletics

The commencement speaker for this year will be former two-time World Cup winner U.S. Women’s National Soccer head coach Jill Ellis, who also led the Illinois Soccer program in its first two years. Ellis was scheduled to speak in 2020, but was canceled due to the pandemic and was invited back.

For more information on graduation, visit commencement.illinois.edu as it will update closer to May for information about guests and tickets.

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