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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.

Congratulatory Message from Chancellor Robert J. Jones

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,, 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 This celebration lasts approximately 15 minutes.

Spring 2020 Congratulatory Video from the College of LAS

Although 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.