School of Molecular and Cellular Biology Convocation Website
Commencement and Convocation Information for all 2020 and 2021 Graduates
School of MCB Convocation Information
The School of MCB is hosting a virtual Convocation/Celebration for our Spring and Summer 2021 graduates on Saturday, May 15 at 11:00 AM CT via Zoom. The ceremony will last approximately 50 minutes and recognize 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 will be read as the slides are shown. Students earning campus, college or school honors will be recognized.
Download your copy of the 2021 School of MCB Convocation Program (PDF) and follow along with our virtual celebration. We invite you to stage your own graduate procession as we play Pomp and Circumstance and to participate in the tassel turn and singing of our Alma Mater at the end of the ceremony.
Join us for the initial showing of the Virtual Ceremony, which will be archived on this website, via Zoom using the information emailed to the graduate. Congratulations on all of your accomplishments!
Campus Commencement Information
2021 Commencement will include both an in-person individual, private Stage Crossing experience May 10 - May 17 and an online celebration featuring a virtual conferral of degrees on Saturday, May 15 at 12pm, noon CT.
Be sure to visit the Official 2021 Illinois Commencement website for specific information about Stage Crossings. You can also find information on how to order Academic Regalia. Even if you're not participating in an in-person event, you are welcome to rent academic attire to be worn for photographs.
All of our decisions related to events continue to be guided by the directives from the Illinois Department of Public Health and advice of our local public health officials. Graduates who cannot or choose not to attend the Stage Crossings are welcome to participate in the online celebration and other virtual experiences for graduates. When it is safe to resume large, in-person gatherings, we still intend to invite graduates from 2020 and 2021 to participate in an on-campus ceremony at Memorial Stadium.
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 2020 or December 2020.
- Graduate students who will complete degree requirements in May 2021. 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.
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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 School of MCB Convocation Ceremonies below.Watch the School of MCB Virtual Convocation Ceremony from December 19, 2020 here. 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.
Spring 2020 School of MCB Virtual Convocation Ceremony
Watch the Spring 2020 School of MCB Virtual Convocation Ceremony 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.
Re-watch the university-wide online Commencement celebration from Spring 2020 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.
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.