School of Molecular and Cellular Biology Convocation Website
2020 Convocation Ceremonies
Congratulations to our August and December 2020 graduates! Watch the School of MCB Virtual Convocation Ceremony from December 19, 2020 here.
Our ceremony includes a message from our Director, Dr. Milan Bagchi, shout outs from alumni, faculty and staff, a welcome from Convocation Coordinator, Tina Knox, recognition of honors, a tassel turn, singing of the Alma Mater and most importantly the reading of each individual graduate's name by Mr. Brad Mehrtens and Dr. Shawna Naidu. Each participant was able to provide information for up to 2 slides showing their honors, achievements and future goals. We anticipate the ceremony lasting 35 minutes.
College of LAS Virtual Celebration
View a pdf of the 2020 College of LAS Winter Convocation program.
Watch the College of LAS Virtual Celebration, hosted by Dean Gene Robinson. The alumni speaker is 1986 Biology graduate, Dr. Julie Morita. We're proud of Dr. Morita for her work as a physician, Executive Vice President of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and a newly named member of President-Elect Biden's transition COVID-19 Advisory Board. The celebration video is only 25 minutes in length. We hope you'll check it out.
Diplomas will be mailed by the Office of the Registrar and graduates will be invited to participate in future in-person ceremonies when it is safe to gather again.
The College of Liberal Arts & Sciences will provide a padded diploma cover upon request to those LAS graduates who do not intend to participate in a future in-person ceremony. Please complete the diploma cover request form.
******************** For May 2021 Graduates ********************The University of Illinois is monitoring the unfolding situation of coronavirus (COVID-19) and any potential impact on university events. Presently, the university has not yet made a decision about Commencement for May 2021. A central web resource, https://covid19.illinois.edu, is a good starting point for the latest information about the virus and its effects on university operations and plans.
Spring 2020 School of MCB Virtual Convocation Ceremony
The Spring 2020 School of MCB Virtual Convocation Ceremony is available to re-watch here.
The School of MCB virtual ceremony lasts approximately 53 minutes and recognizes students earning a Ph.D., M.S. or B.S. from the School of Molecular & Cellular Biology. The presentation features Powerpoint slides for each participant, which may include a photo, name, list of honors and post-graduation plans. Each graduate's name is read as the slides are shown.
Download your copy of the School of MCB Convocation Program (PDF) and follow along with our virtual celebration.
Spring 2020 university-wide Online Commencement Celebration
Re-watch the university-wide online Commencement celebration at go.illinois.edu/celebration. This celebration lasts approximately 15 minutes.
Spring 2020 Congratulatory Video from the College of LASAlthough we weren't able to celebrate in person, the College of LAS would like to congratulate the Class of 2020 via this video — featuring Dean Hu, some of your beloved professors and instructors, and a special musical guest.
Eligibility for Convocation Participation
The following students are eligible to participate in the School of MCB May 2021 ceremony.
- Undergraduates who have completed degree requirements in August 2020 or December 2020
- Undergraduates who will complete degree requirements in May 2021 or August 2021.
- Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry
- Bachelor of Science in LAS with a major in MCB Honors Concentration
- Bachelor of Science in LAS with a major in MCB
- Graduate students who have completed degree requirements in August 2019 or December 2019.
- Graduate students who will complete degree requirements in May 2020. PhD students must have deposited their thesis by 5:00 PM on the posted deadline.
- Master of Science from one of the following departments: Biochemistry, Cell & Developmental Biology, Microbiology, Molecular & Integrative Physiology.
- Master of Science from one of the following programs: Biophysics & Quantitative Biology or Neuroscience.
- Master of Science from the School of Molecular & Cellular Biology.
- Doctor of Philosophy from one of the following departments: Biochemistry, Cell & Developmental Biology, Microbiology, Molecular & Integrative Physiology.
- Doctor of Philosophy from one of the following programs: Biophysics & Quantitative Biology or Neuroscience.
- Order regalia to wear for photos and family celebrations this spring at http://herff.ly/illinois, You may keep this regalia to use for the rescheduled ceremony.
- Request a refund for unopened regalia that was sent to your home, http://www.herffjones.com/collegereturns
- Reroute previously ordered regalia to your permanent address for free, http://www.herffjones.com/HomeDelivery
Note about ceremony postponment: You may still order regalia, cancel your previous order, or have your previous order shipped to your home using the following links. Early order prices will remain in effect until the ordering deadline - April 29, 2020.
Herff Jones’ customer service number is 800-837-4235, 8 a.m. -5 p.m. Monday – Friday. Refunds may take longer than the normal 7 to 10 days due to volume. We will provide updated registration and regalia ordering information closer to the rescheduled Commencement ceremony date.
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. Bachelor's regalia includes an orange stole, gown, keeper cap, and a white tassel (indicative of the College of LAS). Students may order an orange and blue souvenir tassel. Students will receive a cap that is one size fits all. You do not need to return the cap (or your stole or tassel), so you may decorate it, 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. Cords and a certificate will be mailed to recipients once the Chancellor has made formal announcements in mid to late April.
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.
If you have any further questions regarding convocation, please contact Tina Knox at email@example.com or call 217-333-6774.
View videos and programs from past MCB Convocation Ceremonies below.Video of The School of MCB Convocation Ceremony, May 12, 2019
Video of The School of MCB Convocation Ceremony, May 13, 2018
Video of The School of MCB Convocation Ceremony, May 14, 2017
School of MCB Convocation Program May 15, 2016
Video of The School of MCB Convocation Ceremony, Saturday, May 12, 2012.