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May 2022 Convocation 

Date and Time:

Sunday, May 15, 2022
2:00 pm (doors open at 1:00 pm)
Tryon Festival Theatre (map)
Krannert Center for the Performing Arts

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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.


Head shot of Dr. Jennifer Holmgren

Dr. Jennifer Holmgren (PhD, '86, Shapley) chemistry news story

Dr. Jennifer Holmgren is CEO of LanzaTech. Under Jennifer’s guidance, LanzaTech is developing a variety of platform chemicals and fuels, including the world’s first alternative jet fuel derived from industrial waste gases.  She is also the Director and Chair of the LanzaJet Board of Directors.  Prior to LanzaTech, Jennifer was VP and General Manager of the Renewable Energy and Chemicals business unit at UOP LLC, a Honeywell Company. While at UOP, she was a key driver of UOP’s leadership in low carbon aviation biofuels.

Jennifer has authored or co-authored 50 U.S. patents and more than 30 scientific publications and is a member of the National Academy of Engineering. She is on the Governing Council for the Bio Energy Research Institute in India. The institute has been set up by the DBT (Department of Biotechnology, Indian Government) and IOC (Indian Oil Corporation).  She also sits on the Advisory Council for the Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment at Princeton University, the Halliburton Labs Advisory Board, and the Founder Advisory for The Engine, a venture capital fund built by MIT.  Jennifer has an honorary doctorate from Delft University of Technology.

Jennifer holds a B.Sc. degree from Harvey Mudd College, a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and an MBA from the University of Chicago.

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 April 21st. Tickets will be available Thursday, April 21st thru Monday, April 25th, Thursday, April 28th, and Monday, May 2nd in 109 Noyes Lab from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm and from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm. Additional tickets may be available on a first-come, first-serve basis on May 5th (Reading Day) and May 9th. 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.