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POSTPONED: Convocation for the Class of 2020

Event Type
University of Illinois College of Law
(Ceremony) Foellinger Great Hall at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts and (Reception) College of Law Building
May 16, 2020   4:30 - 6:00 pm  
Virginia Vermillion
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Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the University has decided that all commencement ceremonies will not proceed this May. We will be working with the University as they consider possible alternatives, such as rescheduling or a virtual event, and will provide updates as they become available.

The 2020 College of Law Convocation will be held in the Great Hall at the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts (500 S. Goodwin Avenue, Urbana, Illinois) on May 16 at 4:30 - 6 p.m.


Convocation Reception
6:15 - 7:30 pm
Law Building, Peer and Sarah Pedersen Pavilion

Faculty, graduates, family, and friends are invited to the College of Law for a reception and light refreshments directly following the Convocation Ceremony. Free parking is available at the meters on Peabody and Pennsylvania Avenues, and at University lots surrounding the Law Building. No registration required. The Illini Union Bookstore will have University of Illinois and College of Law merchandise for sale in the Pavilion.

Parking at Krannert
Parking is available in the Krannert Center garage, in metered spaces on nearby streets, and in permit lots (with the exception of 24-hour rental spaces) during commencement weekend. Please be sure to allow enough time to find parking since there are multiple convocation ceremonies on Saturday.

The Champaign County Convention and Visitors Bureau website provides a listing of local hotel/motel information. For additional visitor information, you may contact them at (800) 369-6151 or locally at (217) 351-4133. Individuals needing accommodations for graduation weekend are encouraged to make reservations as soon as possible.

University-wide Commencement
Saturday, May 16 at 9:30 - 11:30 a.m at Memorial Stadium. Graduates are encouraged to participate in the commencement ceremony with graduate and undergraduate students from various colleges throughout the university. Please visit the university-wide Commencement website for additional information regarding the university-wide ceremony, including registration information.

Ticket Information
Tickets will be required for the College of Law Convocation ceremony on Saturday, May 16. Tickets will be distributed in the weeks prior to the ceremony. Additional details regarding ticket distribution will be forthcoming from the College of Law.

Convocation Announcements
Personalized graduation announcements may be purchased through the Illini Union Bookstore, online through Herff Jones, and through local bookstores and copy shops. For more information on announcements please visit the university-wide Commencement website.

Academic Attire
All graduates and degree candidates participating in Commencement or Convocation ceremonies are required to wear appropriate academic attire. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign graduates wear custom regalia designed specifically for the campus. Academic attire is available for rent through Herff Jones

Students may now place orders for academic regalia online. The last date to order academic regalia online is April 29

Important details regarding the ordering process, fees, and distribution are available online. Please note, students should indicate the following degree levels when ordering caps and gowns:

JD and JSD Students: Doctorate

  • A mortarboard (cap) is supplied with your rental order. 
  • Doctorate students may elect to wear a Blue TAM instead of the mortarboard. This option requires that the student purchase the Blue TAM. You will need to order your TAM through Herff Jones to ensure it is the appropriate blue color.

LLM and MSL Students: Masters

  • A mortarboard (cap) is supplied with your rental order.
  • Mortarboards (caps) are required of masters students for the ceremony.

The 2020 College of Law Convocation will be held in the Great Hall at the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts (KCPA). Information regarding accessibility and resources for guests with disabilities or mobility concerns is available directly from KCPA. For additional information please contact Nicholas Puddicombe, or call Patron Services at (217) 333-9716.

For information:
University of Illinois, Student Services
(217) 333-1097

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