May 2020 ConvocationGraduate Woman with Roses

Date and Time:

Sunday, May 17, 2019
2:00 pm (doors open at 1:00 pm)
Tryon Festival Theatre (map)
Krannert Center for the Performing Arts


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

Dr. Alveda Williams (PhD, '02, Gupta)

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.


Contact Nick Puddicombe at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, via email or phone (217-333-9716) at least one (1) week prior to Convocation. Please be prepared to provide the following information: which convocation you are attending, specific accessibility need(s), how many people there are in the party, and a contact person in the party. When you arrive, you will need to indicate that you have a reservation under this name. An advanced reservation is the ONLY way your entire party will able to be seated together in our accessible seating areas. Any unclaimed reservations will be forfeited two (2) minutes before the ceremony begins.


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.