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School of Molecular and Cellular Biology Convocation Ceremony

The School of MCB Convocation Ceremony for Spring 2018 is tentatively scheduled for
Sunday, May 13, 2018 at 9:00 AM.
Please watch this website closely for updates.

A link to the May 14, 2017 ceremony video is available here.

A copy of the Convocation Program from May 14, 2017 is available here.

*****Final instructions and information for the spring 2017 ceremony*****

The School of MCB Convocation Ceremony, is tentatively scheduled for Sunday, May 13, 2018 at 9:00 AM, will be held in the Krannert Center for Performing Arts (Foellinger Great Hall). The campuswide Commencement ceremony is tentatively scheduled for Saturday, May 12, 2017 at 9:30 AM and will be held at Memorial Stadium. Students are recognized as a group of Bachelor of Science students in Liberal Arts and Sciences at the campuswide Commencement ceremony. They are recognized individually, by name, at the MCB Convocation Ceremony. Students must register for each ceremony separately and order a cap and gown (see below).

For immediate updates on the School of MCB Convocation Ceremony please like our MCB Advising Program Facebook Page, follow us on Twitter or subscribe to our Blog . Otherwise, you may monitor this website or watch for updates in our weekly e-newsletter, RoadMAP. Information about the campuswide Commencement ceremony can be found at http://commencement.illinois.edu.

Students participating in either ceremony are required to wear appropriate attire (see below).

Spring 2018 School of MCB Convocation Ceremony

The 14th Annual School of MCB Convocation Ceremony is tentatively scheduled for Sunday, May 13, 2018 at 9:00 AM in the Foellinger Great Hall at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts (Note this is NOT Foellinger Auditorium on the quad. It is at Krannert Center on Goodwin Avenue). This ceremony will recognize undergraduates in Biochemistry, MCB or MCB Honors who graduated, or will graduate, August 2016, December 2016, May 2017 or August 2017. Graduate students who graduated in August 2016, December 2016, or will graduate in May 2017, from the departments of Biochemistry, Cell and Developmental Biology, Microbiology, Molecular and Integrative Biology and the programs in Biophysics and Quantitative Biology or Neuroscience are also eligible to participate. Recipients of doctoral degrees must have deposited their dissertations in the Graduate College Thesis Office by 5:00 PM on the graduate school deadline in order to participate in the Commencement ceremony.

Students will check-in on the 2nd level of Krannert in the Orchestra Rehearsal room for lineup on Sunday, May 13 beginning at 7:45 AM and no later than 8:20 AM. Family and friends will proceed to the 5th floor to enter Foellinger Great Hall.

The procession will begin promptly at 9:00 AM. The ceremony should last approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes. Please note, there is nowhere secure for you to leave your personal belongings at check-in, so please leave all items you do not want to carry with your family and friends.

It is strongly recommended that you and your guests agree upon a meeting place at the conclusion of the ceremony as the lobby will be very full, and it will be difficult to make connections with family and friends. If the weather is nice, meeting outside is a good option. Otherwise you could choose to meet by the Promenade gift shop, by the ticket office or by the Intermezzo Cafe.

MCB Reception

We will be hosting an informal reception with beverages and hors d' oeuvres in the Krannert Center Lobby immediately following the ceremony. All graduates and their guests are invited. You do not need tickets for the reception.

Tickets and Registration Registration for the May 2018 ceremony will open in late February 2018.

Due to space limitations all graduate students will initially be alloted a maximum of 6 tickets and undergraduate students will initially be allotted a maximum of 4 tickets each. All guests including infants must have a ticket.

Tickets for the B.S. students attending the MCB Convocation will be available for pick up in Room 252 Davenport in early May 2018. A photo ID is required to pick up your tickets. Only registered graduates are allowed to pick up tickets unless a proxy has been assigned and approved by Tina Knox.

All undergraduates will be asked to take the MCB Graduate Survey prior to picking up tickets. At the completion of the survey you will get a confirmation certificate. Please print or save a screen shot of this certificate and bring it to Room 252 Davenport in order to pick up your tickets. At this time each graduate will be given the number of tickets requested on their original registration form, up to 4 for undergraduate students.

Tickets for the Ph.D. and M.S. students attending the MCB Convocation will be available for pick up in Room B103 CLSL in early May 2018. A photo ID is required to pick up your tickets. Only registered graduates are allowed to pick up tickets unless a proxy has been assigned and approved by Tina Knox. At this time each graduate will be given the number of tickets requested on their original registration form, up to 6 for graduate students.

Tickets not picked up by May 10, 2018 will be offered to other graduates unless prior arrangements are made with Tina Knox for alternate pick up. Graduates who are out of town should contact Tina to make alternate arrangements.

Additional Tickets

If additional tickets remain after each student has been given their initial allottment, we will send email notification and ask you to fill out an additional request form.

If you are unable to secure an additional ticket please see your options below. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

1. Attend the campuswide Commencement ceremony at Memorial Stadium.

2. Have additional family/guests watch the live stream from any computer.

3. Take a chance that not all ticket holders will show up for the ceremony and have your guests wait until after the student procession to attempt entry into the Great Hall. Krannert Center staff will allow non-ticketed guests to enter and take any unused seats following the student processional. Note there is no guarantee that seats will be available.

We are lucky to have such a nice venue for our ceremony, but unfortunately space is limited and we have a large graduating class. We empathize with those who have large families, but would encourage you to attend the campuswide Commencement ceremony on Saturday if you need room for additional guests. Please also keep in mind that the MCB ceremony will be streamed live via our web site.

Special note: MCB is providing these tickets to you free of charge. Sale of MCB Convocation tickets to anyone for any reason is prohibited. Any student attempting to sell tickets will have their tickets revoked and university disciplinary action will be taken. Thank you for helping us to keep this process fair for all of our graduates.

Krannert Center Ticket Policy

All guests including infants must have a ticket. On the day of the ceremony, doors will open to the theatre 1 hour before the ceremony begins. All patrons with a ticket will be allowed to enter for general seating up until the beginning of the student processional. Once the processional begins, seating will be stopped and two lines of patrons will be formed in the lobby by our staff. One line for latecomers with tickets and one line for patrons without tickets. Once the processional has completed, the late patrons with tickets will be allowed to enter. Once those patrons have all been seated, then the patrons without tickets will be allowed to enter and fill the remaining empty seats until we reach capacity. This means that patrons who arrive significantly late, but have a ticket ARE NOT GUARANTEED A SEAT. Tickets will only be valid until the start of the ceremony. Once the ceremony has begun, everyone gets treated equally like a non-ticketed patron. This will assure that we do not have empty seats in the theatre and we seat the largest possible amount of patrons.

Academic Attire

All graduates and degree candidates participating in Commencement 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 consists of a blue mortarboard, blue gown and, in the case of a graduate degree, a hood.

Mortarboards and gowns are blue. The tassel is worn on the right front quadrant of the mortarboard and is moved to the left after the degree has been conferred. Bachelor's regalia includes an orange stole, gown, mortarboard, and a white tassel (indicative of the College of LAS).

The gown and stole arrive folded and may require steaming (do not iron). Bronze Tablet recipients wear an orange and blue braided cord that is worn over the left shoulder, and will be distributed at a special Bronze Tablet reception hosted by the Chancellor on May 2, 2017.

For Master’s and Doctoral degree candidates, the color of the velvet on the hood indicates the field of study, and the tassel is black.

Ordering Academic Attire

You may order regalia for the spring 2017 ceremonies from January 16 through April 13, 10:00 PM CST for the on-campus pick up option, and January 16 through March 22, 10:00 PM CST for the ship-to-home option.

Academic rental attire is ordered at http://www.herffjones.com/illinois/. After placing your order, you will have the opportunity to print a receipt. Please present the receipt when you pick up the apparel. You will not be charged the rental fee if academic attire is not picked up during the distribution period.

Rental fees must be paid in full by cash or check, made payable to Herff Jones, when you pick up the apparel. Payment cannot be made in advance, unless you use the ship-to-home option.

Apparel Price for 2017
Bachelor’s mortarboard, gown, stole, and tassel $50.00
Master’s or Advanced Certificate mortarboard, gown, hood, and tassel $59.00
Doctoral mortarboard, gown, hood, and tassel $80.00

If you own your Master’s hood, deduct $16.00 from the rental fee. If you own your Doctoral hood, deduct $18.00 from the rental fee. You may keep the tassel as a souvenir. Additional stoles of gratitude may be purchased for $25.00. Orange and blue souvenir tassels may be purchased for $10.00; however, they are not to be worn during ceremonies.

*****Online cap and gown orders must be placed by 10:00 PM CST, April 13, 2017 to avoid a $20 late fee.*****

Ship-to-home Option: Graduates may elect to have their regalia shipped to an address of their choice within the United States. When selecting this option, a shipping fee applies. The deadline is March 22, 2017. Graduates pay rental and shipping fees at the time the order is placed. Please note, the ship-to-home option deadline precedes the on-campus pick up order deadline.

Graduates who miss the April 13, 2017 deadline may place a "late" order at Herff Jones between April 14 and 10:00 PM CST and April 26, 2017. Late orders will incur a $20.00 late fee. After April 26 students may obtain academic regalia during distribution at the Activities and Recreation Center (ARC), Gym 1. Herff Jones will do its best to accommodate late orders on site, but they cannot guarantee custom rental regalia for orders placed after April 26, 2017. Graduates may be required to return to distribution at a later time if inventory on hand cannot accommodate their order. All late orders will be charged a $20.00 late fee.

If you choose not to order academic attire online, you must order your academic attire in person in the Authors Corner of the Illini Union Bookstore at one of the following times:

Date Time
Wednesday, March 29 10 AM to 3 PM
Wednesday, April 13 10 AM to 3 PM
Thursday, April 26 10 AM to 3 PM

Purchasing Academic Attire

Herff Jones Cap and Gown Company is the only company that manufactures the Urbana campus custom regalia. If you are interested in purchasing a mortarboard, gown and/or hood, please contact our Herff Jones representative at pattystorie@att.net or (314) 369-6668. This is not a retail store; therefore, you must call to schedule an appointment to meet with a sales representative. Depending on the attire you wish to purchase, you should allow six to eight weeks for delivery. In order to receive your custom attire by May 13, 2017 you must place your order by March 17, 2017.

Picking Up Academic Attire

Academic Attire will be distributed in the ARC, Gym 1 at the following times:

Date Time
Wednesday, May 10 11 AM to 6 PM
Thursday, May 11 11 AM to 6 PM
Friday, May 12 11 AM to 6 PM
Saturday, May 13 7:30 AM to 11 AM
Sunday, May 14 7:30 AM to 10 AM

Rental fees must be paid in full by cash or check, made payable to Herff Jones, when you pick up the apparel. Payment cannot be made in advance, unless you choose the ship-to-home option. (Deadline to order for this option is March 22, 10:00 PM CST.)

You are strongly advised to pick up your academic attire before Saturday, May 12, 2018. Please be aware that your gown will be folded and may require steaming (do not iron).

You should present your receipt when picking up your academic attire. Bronze Tablet students may request their cord at this time, if they did not attend the Bronze Tablet reception in early May. The cord should be worn over your left shoulder.

If you cannot pick up your academic attire at one of the scheduled times, you may arrange for someone else to do so; that person should present your receipt and must pay the rental fee. Rental fees must be paid in full by cash or check only. Checks should be made payable to Herff Jones and have your name, address and phone number printed on the check.

Academic attire will not be distributed after 10:00 AM CST on Sunday, May 13, 2018.

Returning Academic Attire

Following the campuswide Commencement ceremony and/or unit convocation, you must return your rented academic attire. Herff Jones representatives will accept rented academic attire at the ARC, Gym 1 at the following times:

Date Time
Saturday, May 13 12 PM to 7 PM
Sunday, May 14 10 AM to 10 PM
Monday, May 15 9 AM to 5 PM

Because of state health regulations, only returns of rented academic attire can be accepted at these times.

Graduates who do not return their rented attire by 5 PM on Monday, May 14, 2018, are responsible for returning the attire to the Illini Union Bookstore on Tuesday, May 15, through Friday, May 18, 2018, between 9 AM and 4 PM

Please note that Herff Jones will assess a late charge of $5 per day to all graduates returning rented attire to the Illini Union Bookstore after May 14, 2018.

Parking for the MCB Convocation Ceremony

Krannert Center garages are located underneath the building and are accessible from Oregon Street and Illinois Street. Keep in mind spaces are limited, especially with the number of events taking place throughout Commencement weekend. Please allow ample time to find parking in the vicinity. There is also a large University parking lot across the street to the north (off of Illinois St.). Parking in all University lots is free to the public on weekends and evenings.

Accessible parking spaces are available on all levels of Krannert Center's underground garage and are located close to the elevator lobbies. Four spaces (one in each color-coded lot) accommodate vans (and one in Yellow is designated as a van-only space), and two others (one in Green and one in Blue on the south side of the building off Oregon Street) will fit a car. Each elevator lobby has an accessible exterior door, and near each elevator is a button for usher service if assistance is needed.

If you have a parking problem during the event, Campus Parking can be reached by calling 244-HELP (4357).

Special Needs and Accommodations for the School of MCB Convocation Ceremony

Building Entry

ADA-compliant entrances can be accessed at street level from either the north side of the building via Illinois Street or the south side of the building via Oregon Street. From Oregon Street, take the ramp up to the exterior doors of the Lobby. From Illinois Street, take the ramp to the upper level of the parking garage (Orange) and follow the designated pathway to the elevator lobby. Use the usher button located near the elevator if assistance is needed.

Accessible Seating

In addition to accessibility by wheelchair, the Great Hall has seats with easy access. Ushers are also available to assist you around the building as well as from the parking lot to your theatre seat and back again. Buttons for usher service are located in each elevator lobby. If you would like easy-access seating—such as a wheelchair-transferable seat, one that can be reached via a few stairs only, one that can be reached with no intervening stairs but a lengthy walk, please contact the Patron Services Director, Nick Puddicombe at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, at 217/333-9716 (TTY: 217/333-9714) or by email at puddicom@illinois.edu at least one (1) week prior to the 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.

See campuswide Commencement web site for information on accessible seating for that ceremony.

Hearing Needs

An ASL interpreter is available upon request. Please make sure to note this request on the Registration/Ticket Request Form.

Accessible Parking

Accessible parking spaces are available on all levels of Krannert Center’s underground garage and are located close to the elevator lobbies. Four spaces (one in each color-coded lot) accommodate vans (and one in Yellow is designated as a van-only space), and two others (one in Green and one in Blue on the south side of the building off Oregon Street) will fit a car. Each elevator lobby has an accessible exterior door, and near each elevator is a button for usher service if assistance is needed.

See campuswide Commencement web site for information on accessible parking for the Commencement ceremony.

Photography

GradImages® is the official photographer at our Convocation Ceremony.
Your photos will be available to view and order by visiting their website at www.gradimages.com.

Simply enter your Last Name, your School Name: University of Illinois School of Molecular and Cellular Biology and select 2017 from the dropdown menu. Once you see your name, click on the link to view your photos. If you need additional help to locate your photos, call the GradImages® customer service department at 800-261-2576 or email them at giservice@gradimages.net.

Be sure to book your lodging early!

Most hotels in the Champaign-Urbana area begin taking reservations for Commencement Weekend very early and are usually completely booked by the December prior. The Champaign County Chamber of Commerce web site has more information on accommodations.

Questions?

If you have any further questions regarding commencement please contact Tina Knox at tmknox@illinois.edu or call 217-333-6774.

Watch videos of Past MCB Convocation Ceremonies

MCB Convocation Ceremony from Sunday, May 15, 2016 .

MCB Convocation Ceremony from Sunday, May 17, 2015.

MCB Convocation Ceremony from Sunday, May 18, 2014.

MCB Convocation Ceremony from Saturday, May 11, 2013 .

MCB Convocation Ceremony from Saturday, May 12, 2012.