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Information for Graduate Students December 2017

Students receive information about graduation activities via their email address.

Graduate Student Checklist:  What You Must Do To Participate

  • Review your eligibility: Consistent with University of Illinois policy, the College of ACES expects graduates to participate in the Convocation Ceremony for the term in which they are officially graduating. If you are not officially graduating this semester but want to participate in the upcoming Convocation, please complete the Petition for ACES Convocation Participation. On the petition, you must list your rationale for why an exception should be made on your behalf. Petitions will be approved for extreme circumstances and will be based on your explanation. The deadline to submit a petition to Suite 115 ACES Library is Friday, November 17, 2017 by 4:30 pm. Once we receive your petition, we will take your request under consideration. We will contact you via email within two weeks of submittal to notify you if your petition has been approved or declined. If approved, you may proceed to register for the ACES Convocation.
  • The invitation to register for ACES December Convocation was emailed to MS/PhD candidates on Oct. 19, 2017.  If you have checked your University email and do not have the invitation, please contact Susan Schmall-Ross at 217-333-9729, or visit 115 ACES Library if you need to register. Registration closes Friday, November 17, 2017 - YOU MUST REGISTER!
  • Order academic attire - Herff Jones 
  • Pick up and return your academic attire 
  • PhD students need to ask their hooder to hood them in time for the faculty to register for ACES Faculty Convocation Ceremony and order thier regalia.


Convocation is not a certification of graduation, but rather a ceremony that celebrates your academic achievements. All degree requirements must be satisfied before graduation and diploma conferral. You are eligible to participate in Convocation if you are graduating in December 2017.  

Registering to participate in a ceremony does not place your name on the degree list. Students are responsible for announcing their candidacy for a degree by registering in the same term you will complete all requirements for graduation.