female graduate holding roses

May 2021 Convocation 

2021 Chemistry Convocation message

The University announced the upcoming plans for 2021 Commencement, which will include an in-person individual Stage Crossing experience and an online celebration featuring a virtual conferral of degrees.

You can find full Stage Crossing information and FAQs on the Commencement website, which can be helpful when addressing specific concerns, questions or clarifications.

Date and Time:

Tryon Festival Theatre (map)
Krannert Center for the Performing Arts


Registration will be done through the 2020 Commencement Registration form. You will be able to choose what ceremony(ies), University-wide Commencement and Department-wide Convocations, that you will be participating in. If you are wishing to participate in our Convocation ceremony, make sure to mark the Chemistry Convocation (LAS) selection. Please fill out the form completely as this information will be used for all ceremonies.


Heather Schulze, 217-244-9875,


Tryon Festival Theatre in the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts

Please note that the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts (KCPA) prohibits the following items inside the theatre: food, drinks, tripods, monopods, balloons, confetti, noisemakers, signs, air horns, baby carriers, and strollers. If you bring any of these items, you will be required to check these items at the Patron Services counter in the lobby before entering the theater.


A reception for all Department of Chemistry graduates and their families and friends will be held at the Illini Union, room 314, immediately following the ceremony.

Speakers: Graduation photo


Basic Info:

This Convocation is fully dedicated to Chemistry graduates, Bachelor's, Master's, and PhD degree candidates. Each graduate in attendance will be recognized individually and will receive a diploma cover.


Tickets will be required at the Chemistry Convocation Ceremony, there is a 6 ticket initial limit for graduates and can be picked up no earlier than May 7th. Tickets will be available May 7th thru May 12th in 109 Noyes Lab from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm and from 1:00 pm to 4:30 pm. Additional tickets may be available on a first-come, first-serve basis May 13th thru May 15th. If you will not be on campus to pick up your tickets, please contact Heather Schulze by email at and your tickets will be held to be picked up backstage of KCPA when you check in.

Caps and Gowns:

Graduates and candidates must order academic attire on the web.


Please note that the Department of Chemistry does not provide a photographer for our ceremony. Our ceremony is informal in nature and there will be ample time for family and friends to photograph their graduate.


Please see the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts website for more information on accessibility options, and contact them at least two weeks in advance if your require any accommodations to attend.


There is a garage located beneath Krannert Center, but spaces are extremely limited. Street parking may be available, but you should plan on allowing ample time to find parking in the vicinity. Some university lots, including the large one across Illinois Street on the north end of Krannert Center, may be open and available, but check the signs to see when permits are enforced. The lot across from the north side of Krannert Center is free for the public on weekends and evenings, but may fill up quickly due to the influx of traffic for Commencement weekend.

Additional Information:

The Department of Chemistry participates in the Illinois campuswide Commencement ceremony.  For more information on Commencement at Memorial Stadium please visit the main Commencement website.