Spring Convocation

Spring 2021 Virtual Convocation Ceremony & Congratulatory Send-Off

Following the Announcement by the university on Tuesday, March 9th, the University-wide Commencement plans for celebrating Illinois graduates this Spring 2021 will include both an in-person individual, private Stage Crossing experience and an online celebration featuring a virtual conferral of degrees.

The Econ Department and Commencement Office have been working together on alternative ways to recognize our graduates and their achievements. Due to our large department size we are unable to all safely gather. Therefore, we will host a virtual convocation ceremony to honor our graduates & celebrate your successes. You will have the opportunity to submit your own graduation slide that we will showcase in our virtual ceremony. In addition, we will offer an in-person congratulatory send-off. More details to come.

We are proud of your accomplishments and look forward to celebrating you.


Student Eligibility Requirements
Information on Current Regalia Orders

Graduates who have already ordered regalia are welcome to keep the attire and wear during the Spring 2021 Individual Stage Crossing Experience.

To order regalia, please visit the Herff Jones Website. All orders will be shipped - no campus pickup - for a flat fee of $12.95. The deadline to order was April 1st. Orders are now considered late and will incur additional fees.

More information regarding regalia, including pricing and returns, can be found on the Herff Jones Website.

Certifying Your Degree
Diploma Information

All University of Illinois graduates with no outstanding University charges will receive one diploma per degree earned, free of charge. University of Illinois diplomas are 8.5 x 11 inches and sent by first-class mail to a student's "Diploma Address" approximately nine weeks after the date of award. Please check and update this address in the University system (self-service) before leaving the University.
If the diploma is returned to the Office of the Registrar, you will be responsible for providing a corrected address and paying for any forwarding mail charges as well as processing fees. If your diploma is not returned to the Office of the Registrar and 90 days from the mailing date has passed, you will be responsible for providing the correct address and paying for the cost of the replacement diploma.
University of Illinois' policy prevents mailing a diploma if the student has a past-due account. You may contact the University Student Financial Services and Cashiers Operations with questions about your account balance. Once your account had been cleared, you will need to contact the Office of the Registrar by phone at 217-333-6383 or email graduation@illinois.edu to let us know that we can order and mail your diploma. Questions about your diploma may be answered by the Office of the Registrar.

University-Wide Online Commencement Celebration Information

The University-Wide Online Commencement Celebration will be held May 15th, 2021, 12:00 p.m. More information can be found on the Commencement website http://go.illinois.edu/celebration.

As with any new event, you probably have a lot of questions. Please read some of the common Q&A's below:

My link or password doesn’t work.
Please visit http://illinois.marchingorder.com and click  “forgot password.” Your login is your Illinois email address (NetID@illinois.edu).

Can I update my photo or other information after I have submitted a registration?
Yes, you can log in as often as you like. The system will only update the fields that you change.

Can I participate in both a Stage Crossing and a future in-person celebration?
Yes, we are excited to honor our graduates with the Stage Crossings this year and happy to invite graduates to join us at a future in-person celebration. Please check our website next year for an announcement.

I plan to graduate in August 2021. Can I be sent a personalized link to register for a stage crossing?
Yes, please complete this form: https://go.illinois.edu/2021Augustgrad. We will add you to the Marching Order system within 48 hours of receiving your response, and you will be sent a link to register for a timeslot. 

I’m a May 2021 graduate. Why didn’t I receive a link to register for a timeslot?
You may not be on the pending degree list, so you will need to contact your academic office to confirm you are eligible to participate and to add your name to the pending degree list.  Please send the following information to commencement@illinois.edu, and we will send you a registration link.



Illinois email

First Name

Middle Name

Last Name

Full Name

Conferral Year

Degree 1 (example Bachelor of Arts in Painting)

College/School 1

Degree 1 Department

Degree 1 Date (example May 16, 2021)

Degree 2 (example Bachelor of Arts in Painting)

College/School 2

Degree 2 Department

Degree 2 Date (example May 16, 2021)


I plan to graduate in December 2021. Can I petition to participate in the Stage Crossing?
No, we will only be able to accommodate August 2021 prospective graduates and will not have a petition process for December 2021 prospective graduates to join this May’s Stage Crossing experience. You will be invited to join the December 2021 and May 2022 celebrations.

How do I know if my timeslot was reserved?
You will receive a confirmation email after submitting the reservation. You can return to http://illinois.marchingorder.com to verify the information you submitted and to make any changes.

Can I register for 2 different timeframes?
No, the system limits graduates to one crossing time based on their illinois.edu email.

Do I have to rent academic attire to participate?
No. Academic attire is encouraged but optional. If you choose to rent regalia, make sure to order it by April 1 in order to take advantage of the early order discount and save $20.00.

Can one of my registered guests hood me? What if they don’t have an earned doctorate?
Yes, you may have one of your guests hood you during the Stage Crossing. They are not required to have an earned doctorate.


Spring 2020 Virtual Convocation Ceremony

Thank you to those who participated in our virtual graduation ceremony! You can visit our external website here to watch our convocation video.