Information for Graduates

The School of Art + Design invites you to participate in the 2016 School of Art + Design Convocation Ceremony on Sunday, May 15, 2016 at 4:30pm in the Tryon Festival Theatre, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts.

An invitation to the 2016 Art + Design Convocation Ceremony and Reception was sent to your parents at your permanent home address inviting your family and friends to attend these events. We ask that you or your family complete the Convocation Ceremony Form, by April 22, indicating the number of guests that will be attending the ceremony. Students may also complete the Convocation Ceremony Form online and we encourage you to do so.

Tickets for the ceremony are required for family members and guests, including babies and toddlers, but not for students. Graduates must pick up tickets from room 143 Art + Design Building. Seven tickets are guaranteed if picked up by 5:00 p.m. on Monday, May 2. Additional tickets may be picked up on Wednesday, May 4 on a first-come, first-served basis. 

Immediately following the ceremony, a reception to honor graduates, families, and friends will be held in the Link Gallery, adjacent to the School of Art + Design. The 2016 BFA Graduate Exhibition in the Krannert Art Museum will be viewable by visitors to the reception.


Students and Faculty wear traditional academic regalia (cap and gown) for the Convocation Ceremony. Student orders may be placed online with Herff Jones. The final day for ordering a cap and gown is April 14. For further information about ordering regalia, please consult the campus commencement website.

Students may also order academic attire in person in the Author’s Corner, Illini Union Bookstore. The schedule for these on-campus dates is included in the academic attire section of the student instructions page on the campus commencement website.

Diploma Presentation

Please submit your Convocation Ceremony Form by Friday, April 22 to guarantee that your name is called during the Presentation of Diplomas.

Ceremony Instructions

Please be at the Tryon Festival Theatre promptly at 3:45 p.m. on Sunday, May 15 for procession instructions. Directional signs will be posted in the Krannert Center Lobby. Enter through the backstage area by taking the South Elevator to Level 2, and then make a left turn to the backstage of the Tryon Festival Theatre. As you enter the backstage area register with the Art + Design representative.

Locate your seat on the stage. Your name will be printed on a card and placed on your seat. Seating will be by program in alphabetical order.

The Krannert Center for the Performing Arts requests that we do not use confetti, silly string, or any other material that will litter the stage.

Campuswide Commencement Ceremony

The Campuswide Commencement Ceremony will be held at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 14, 2016 at Memorial Stadium. Visit the spring campus commencement website at or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for other questions about the campuswide ceremony.

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