Students in graduation regalia pose in front of the Alma Mater statue on University of Illinois campus

Sunday, May 12, 2024
9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. (Doors open to guests at 8:30 a.m.)
Virginia Theatre, 203 West Park Avenue, Champaign, IL 61820 

The Department of Mathematics is excited to announce that our Convocation Ceremony for all undergraduate, masters, and PhD students will be held in person in the historic Virginia Theatre in downtown Champaign.

Students who wish to participate in the ceremony must register and obtain tickets for their invited guests. 


Quick Links

See the 2024 Mathematics Convocation Livestream Accessibility & accommodations Important information for Graduates & Guests Senior Questionnaire

Watch 2024 Mathematics Convocation Livestream

Click below to view the 2024 Mathematics Convocation livestream beginning Sunday May 12, 2024 9:30am Central Time.


Accessibility & Accommodations

If you are a person with a disability who requires accommodation(s), please contact Chase Driskell ( by April 30, 2024. Some accommodation requests (such as American Sign Language Interpreters) received after April 30, 2024 will be given due diligence to be filled but may not be guaranteed.

Participating in Convocation

Information for Graduates

Academic Attire

All graduates and degree candidates participating in the Mathematics Convocation Ceremony are required to wear appropriate academic attire. University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign graduates must wear custom regalia designed specifically for the campus.

More information about academic attire

Convocation Regalia Late Order Link (Graduating Students) - order here for pickup at Memorial Stadium - East Side during the below times and dates:

May 8th from 9 am to 6 pm

May 9th from 9 am to 6 pm

May 10th from 9 am to 8 pm

May 11th from 7 am to 9 pm

May 12th from 7 am to 9 pm

Ceremony Details

The ceremony will be from 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. on Sunday May 12, 2024, in the Virginia Theatre (203 West Park Avenue, Champaign, IL 61820).

When should I arrive?

Mathematics graduates should report to the Virginia Theatre from 8:30 to 9:00 a.m. to check in and line up. The check-in desk closes at 9:00 a.m. 

What should I bring to the ceremony?

Graduates should arrive wearing their regalia (including the white tassel, and not the souvenir orange and blue tassel) and will receive their reader card upon check-in.

All other personal items (backpacks, cameras, purses, etc.) should be left in your vehicle or with relatives or friends. We do not have a secure location for you to leave these items during the ceremony.

How do I get to the Virginia Theatre? Where can I park?

Mathematics graduates and guests can find directions to Virginia Theatre and parking information on the venue website.

Will I get a diploma at the ceremony?

At our convocation ceremony, you will receive a diploma cover. Your diploma will be mailed. Additional information on certifying your degree and diplomas is available via the Illinois Commencement website.

Information for Guests

When should I arrive?

Virginia Theatre will open for guests at 8:30 a.m., and doors will close (no guest admission) during the processional. Please arrive no later than 9:15 a.m.

How do I get to the Virginia Theatre? Where can I park?

Mathematics graduates and guests can find directions to Virginia Theatre and parking information on the venue website.

Can I take pictures at the ceremony?

We would like to remind guests to respect all of the graduates by holding applause until after all names are read, so that no names are missed. We also ask you remain in your seats during the ceremony. Professional pictures are available, and students will receive information by email.

How long does the ceremony usually last?

The ceremony typically lasts 1.5 hours, depending on the number of graduating students.

When will my graduate cross the stage?

Names of all graduating students attending the ceremony will be read in order by degree. Convocation programs with all students on the graduation list will be handed out to guests (please note that students who add their names to the graduation list late may not have their names printed in the program).



University-wide Commencement Ceremony Information

The University-wide Commencement Ceremony will be held Saturday May 11, 2024, 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. at Memorial Stadium. Information about the University-wide Commencement Ceremony and other related information (including congratulatory programs and special receptions) may be found on the Commencement website. 

Senior Questionnaire

After you have registered to attend our ceremony, please complete the Senior Questionnaire prior to the ceremony. Please check back here later for the link to the questionnaire.

Keynote Speaker

Gail V. Kellogg

Gail V. Kellogg

Gail Kellogg, a longstanding supporter of the College of LAS mission, has made many valuable contributions to the Department of Mathematics in the past two decades. She received her BS in Teaching of Mathematics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and is now a retired partner with and consultant to Hewitt Associates, a global human resources consulting firm. She developed their $100+ million dollar business serving clients’ 401k plans and worked 3 years in China developing their retirement plan business there. Kellogg currently serves on the board of the U of I Foundation and was previously on the board of the Alumni Association. In 2010, she helped establish the Mathematics Development Advisory Board. She delivered the keynote address to the 2001 graduating class at the Department of Mathematics Convocation Ceremony. She is a former recipient of the LAS Quadrangle Award the Chicago Illini of the Year Award, in recognition of her many accomplishments that have exemplified attributes of a liberal arts education throughout her life and career.