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The School of MCB Convocation Ceremony for Spring 2019 is scheduled for
Sunday, May 12, 2019 at 9:00 AM
at the Krannert Center for Performing Arts.

Registration is now open for the MCB Ceremony!
Students wishing to participate in the MCB ceremony must register no later than 11:59 PM on Sunday, April 14.

The MCB Convocation Ceremony will be streamed live via this web site on May 12, 2019.

Invitation letter for students inviting international guests.

The School of MCB Convocation Ceremony, scheduled for Sunday, May 12, 2019 from 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM, will be held in the Krannert Center for Performing Arts. The university-wide Commencement ceremony is scheduled for Saturday, May 11, 2018 from 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM and will be held at Memorial Stadium. Students are recognized as a group of PhD, Masters and then Bachelor of Science students in Liberal Arts and Sciences at the university-wide 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). You may wear the same cap and gown at each ceremony.

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

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

Spring 2019 School of MCB Convocation Ceremony

The 15th Annual School of MCB Convocation Ceremony is scheduled for Sunday, May 12, 2019 from 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM in the Great Hall at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts . This ceremony will recognize undergraduates in Biochemistry, MCB or MCB Honors who graduated in August 2018 or December 2018 or who plan to graduate in May 2019 or August 2019.

Graduate students who graduated in August 2018, December 2018, or will officially graduate in May 2019, from the departments of Biochemistry, Cell and Developmental Biology, Microbiology, Molecular and Integrative Physiology 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 April 19, 2019 in order to participate in the MCB Ceremony or the Graduate College Hooding Ceremony. The university-wide Doctoral Hooding Ceremony will take place from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM on Friday, May 10 in Krannert Center for Performing Arts.

Students will check-in on the 2nd level of Krannert, in the Orchestra Rehearsal room, for lineup on Sunday, May 12 beginning at 8:00 AM and no later than 8:30 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 2019 MCB Convocation ceremony is now open. Students must register to participate in the ceremony no later than 11:59 PM on Sunday, April 14. Note, graduates do not need a ticket, but all guests, including infants will need one.

Due to space limitations all graduate students will initially be allotted a maximum of 8 tickets and undergraduate students will initially be allotted a maximum of 5 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 200 Burrill Hall in early May 2019. Please watch your email carefully for the specific dates and times. 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 Illini Success Survey prior to picking up tickets. You will receive an email with the subject "Class of May 2019 - What's next after graduation?". The email will contain your individual link to the survey. If you don't receive the email, you can check your account status, or create your own survey account, using this general link. After you have taken the survey, you can come to room 200 Burrill Hall to pick up your tickets. Each graduate will be given the number of tickets requested on their original registration form, up to 5 for undergraduate students. Additional tickets may be available for pick up later.

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 2019. 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 8 for graduate students. Additional tickets may be available for pick up later.

Tickets not picked up by May 10, 2019 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. You may choose to have a proxy assigned to pick up your tickets, or we will hold them for you until the day of the ceremony. Tickets will not be mailed.

Additional Tickets

If additional tickets remain after each student has been given their initial allotment, 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 university-wide 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 university-wide 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 number 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.

Caps 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. We will do this as a group at the MCB ceremony. Bachelor's regalia includes an orange stole, gown, cap, and a white tassel (indicative of the College of LAS). Students may purchase an orange and blue souvenir tassel, but this should not be worn to the ceremony. Students will receive a cap that is one size fits all. You do not need to return the cap (or your tassel), so you may decorate it for the ceremony, if you choose. However, we ask that you decorate the cap in a tasteful manner, and we reserve the right not to allow students to wear caps that are deemed distasteful during the ceremony.

The gown and stole arrive folded and will require steaming (do not iron). Bronze Tablet recipients wear an orange and blue braided cord over their left shoulder which will be distributed at a special Bronze Tablet reception hosted by the Chancellor in early May.

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 2019 ceremonies from January 22 through April 11, 10:00 PM CST for the on-campus pick up option or the ship-to-home option. See the university-wide web site for Academic Attire for details including prices, pick up dates and return dates.

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.

**Online orders must be placed by 10:00 PM CST April 11 to take advantage of the early order discount. After April 11, regalia cost will be at the regular price which is an additional $20.**

Graduates who miss the April 11, 2019 deadline may place a "late" order at Herff Jones between April 12 and April 24, 2019. The early order discount no longer applies after April 11. After April 24 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 any orders placed after April 24, 2019. Graduates ordering after April 24, may be required to return to distribution at a later time if inventory on hand cannot accommodate their order.

You are strongly advised to pick up your academic attire before Saturday, May 11, 2019. Please be aware that your gown will be folded and will require steaming (do not iron). Please take the time to steam the garment or take to a dry cleaner for pressing before the ceremony.

Bronze Tablet students, who are unable to attend the May Bronze Tablet reception, may pick up their cord from the commencement office on the 3rd floor of 703 South Wright Street, Champaign. 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 order confirmation. Rental fees must be paid in full by cash or credit card only for those that did not place an order online by the April 24 deadline.

Academic attire will not be distributed after 10:00 AM CST on Sunday, May 12, 2019.

Parking for the MCB Convocation Ceremony

Parking garages at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts 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.

In the Krannert Center parking decks, at least three accessible parking spaces are available in each garage, and the Yellow garage off Illinois Street has one van-only accessible parking spot. If you are parking on the street or nearby lot, a fully accessible entrance is available through the Orange parking garage ramp on the North side of the building, or a ramp on the South side of Krannert Center provides access from the sidewalk to the main lobby.

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

All four parking garages provide elevator access to any level of the building. Street-level accessible entrances can be found on the north side of the building off Illinois Street, and south side off 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 call button, located near the elevator, if assistance is needed.

Accessible Seating

The Great Hall in Krannert Center has designated wheelchair accessible seating and companion seating. In addition to accessibility by wheelchair, there are seats with "easy-access" that require few or no stairs to reach. Ushers are available to assist you around the building, as well as from the parking lot to your seat and back again. Buttons for usher service are located in each elevator lobby. If you would like wheelchair accessible or easy-access seating, please contact Patron Services at least two weeks in advance of our ceremony to make arrangements.

To make any sort of seating arrangements requiring accommodations, contact the Patron Services Director, at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, by phone at 217/333-9716 (TTY: 217/333-9714) or by email at puddicom@illinois.edu at least two (2) weeks 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 university-wide 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

In the Krannert Center parking decks, at least three accessible parking spaces are available in each garage, and the Yellow garage off Illinois Street has one van-only accessible parking spot. If you are parking on the street or nearby lot, a fully accessible entrance is available through the Orange parking garage ramp on the North side of the building, or a ramp on the South side of Krannert Center provides access from the sidewalk to the main lobby.

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

See university-wide Commencement web site for information on accessible parking for the Commencement ceremony.

Photography

GradImages® is the official photographer at our Convocation Ceremony. One picture will be taken as you approach the podium, and another will be taken as you receive your diploma or as you are being hooded. Additionally, a formal picture with your diploma cover will be taken in front of an LAS banner after you cross the stage. There is no obligation to purchase photos. Family members or guests are allowed to take photos during the ceremony, so long as they do not block other graduates from approaching or exiting the stage.

Your photos will be available to view and order by visiting the GradImages® website at www.gradimages.com. Simply enter your Last Name, your School Name: University of Illinois School of Molecular and Cellular Biology and select 2019 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 convocation, please contact Tina Knox at tmknox@illinois.edu or call 217-333-6774.

The video for the May 2018 ceremony is available here.
Program from the School of MCB Convocation, May 13, 2018

Watch videos of Past MCB Convocation Ceremonies

School of MCB Convocation Ceremony, May 14, 2017

School of MCB Convocation Program from May 14, 2017

School of MCB Convocation Ceremony, Sunday, May 15, 2016 .

School of MCB Convocation Ceremony, Sunday, May 17, 2015.

School of MCB Convocation Ceremony, Sunday, May 18, 2014.

School of MCB Convocation Ceremony, Saturday, May 11, 2013 .

School of MCB Convocation Ceremony, Saturday, May 12, 2012.