Spring (May) Convocation


Saturday, May 14th, 4:30 p.m. (Doors open for guests at 3:30 p.m.)
George Huff Hall, 1206 S. Fourth St., Champaign
The Department of Economics is excited to announce that our Convocation Ceremony for all of the Undergraduate, Master's, MSPE, and PhD students will be held in person. Names of all graduating students attending the ceremony will be read in order by degree. Booklets with all students on the graduation list will be handed out to guests (please note that students who add their names to the graduation list late may not have their names printed in the booklet).

Guest tickets are not required for the ceremony. The ceremony typically lasts 1.5 hours, depending on the number of graduating students.
This event will be live streamed! you can access the stream here starting at 4:30 on May 14th: https://ensemble.illinois.edu/Watch/EconomicsConvocation2022 


Convocation Speaker: Carla Tighe Murray

Carla Tighe Murray is a private consultant who helps government agencies and research centers analyze economic policy issues and costs. Before starting her consulting work in 2019, Dr. Murray had a career in defense economic analysis in the federal government, including award-winning assignments with the Congressional Budget Office and at the Pentagon, where she had unparalleled opportunities to contribute to the shaping of public policy. Prior to joining the government, Dr. Murray taught at Illinois State University and the University of Virginia, and was an analyst at the Center for Naval Analyses, part of the CNA Corporation, a federally funded research and development center. At CNA she led studies on the defense industrial base and, as Scientific Advisor to the Assistant Secretary of the Navy, she played a key role in the realignment of military bases and facilities.

Dr. Murray received her Ph.D. in economics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.


Guest Information

Huff Hall will open for guests at 3:30 p.m., and doors will close (no guest admission) during the processional, please arrive by 4:15 pm. We would like to remind guests to respect all of the graduates by holding applause until after all names are read, so no names are missed. We also ask you remain in your seats during the ceremony. Professional pictures are available and students will receive information by email.


All graduates and degree candidates participating in the university-wide Commencement ceremony AND Economics Department Convocation are required to wear appropriate academic attire. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign graduates wear custom regalia designed specifically for the campus. (View custom regalia here) The Gown is blue, and a WHITE (Undergrad) or BLACK (Graduate) tassel should come with your Cap. New this year, all regalia will be shipped to your house! You must order by April 12th. 


The Department of Economics coordinates with professional photographers to take pictures during the ceremony. Our photographer will be walking throughout the reception to capture great, candid moments as well as posed photos with family/friends. Following the ceremony there may be a photographer taking pictures of students with the graduation speaker, department head, and other staff outside of Huff Hall.

Student Pictures: GradImages will take pictures of all graduating students as they walk across the stage and receive their diploma cover. Students should ensure their contact information is on the back of their reader card and GradImages will send students an email with information on the pictures and a link to view for purchase.

***We encourage family and friends to remain seated during the entire ceremony. Anyone attempting to approach the stage will be escorted back to their seat.

Additional Student Information

Additional information on certifying your degree and diplomas are below. At our Convocation ceremony, you will receive a diploma cover, your diploma will be mailed.

University-wide Commencement Ceremony Information

The University-wide Commencement Ceremony will be held May 14th, 2022, 9:30 a.m. at Memorial Stadium. Information about the University-wide Commencement Ceremony, and other related information (including congratulatory ceremonies and special receptions) may be found on the Commencement Website: commencement.illinois.edu.