AHS Commencement/Convocation

AHS Convocation 2017

Convocation (AHS only)

Sunday, May 14, 2017, at 5:00 pm at the State Farm Center. 

You can see a live stream of the event at this page.

Students should arrive no later than 4:00 pm.

Report to the East Tunnel of the State Farm Center to check in (enter off of Fourth Street) for the procession.  It is important that you arrive on time.  Motion challenged graduates should go to the east entrance of the State Farm Center, an usher will direct you to the nearest elevator to join the group for the procession.


Tickets are not required for the AHS Convocation Ceremony.

Ticket information for the campuswide Commencement ceremony can be found at the following link: http://commencement.illinois.edu/general/index.html#tickets.

Official Convocation emails are scheduled to be sent out mid-March to the following:

  • August and December 2016 graduates.
  • Prospective graduates who have indicated their intent to graduate in May 2017.

Academic Attire

Detailed information regarding cap and gown ordering and return deadlines can be found here.

Special Needs/Accessibility

There is ample accessible seating for guests in wheelchairs, however the number of guests able to sit with them may be limited.  For your information, a sign language interpreter will be on stage.


Please use this link to R.S.V.P. for the convocation ceremony. Graduates will need to provide us with your intent to participate in the AHS Convocation ceremony.  We will also be asking for your approval to provide your mailing and email addresses to GradImages® prior to the ceremony. In addition, as a graduate of the College of AHS, you will be receiving an AHS alumni t-shirt from the Advancement Office and need you to provide your t-shirt size.


Detailed instructions for photography pre-event mail registration:

Go to: www.gradimages.com

  • Click on Pre-Event Registration
  • Enter School Name: University of Illinois
  • Select: Univ. of Illinois Applied Health Sciences—5-14-2017
  • Enter your email address and additional email addresses here

Cap and gown distribution:

If you did not order your cap and gown prior to April 26th, students may obtain academic regalia during distribution at the Activities and Recreation Center (ARC) Gym 1 beginning at 11:00 am on Wednesday, May 10th . Herff Jones will do its best to accommodate late orders on site, but graduates may be required to return to distribution at a later time if inventory on hand cannot accommodate their order. All late orders will be charged a $20 late fee.


Academic Attire will be distributed in the ARC Gym 1 at the following times:

  • Wednesday, May 10: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Thursday, May 11: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Friday, May 12: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Saturday, May 13: 7:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.
  • Sunday, May 14: 7:30 a.m. to 10 a.m.

Rental fees must be paid in full by cash or check, made payable to Herff Jones, when you pick up the apparel. Payment cannot be made in advance.

  • Bachelor’s mortarboard, gown, stole, and tassel: $50.00
  • Master’s or Advanced Certificate mortarboard, gown, hood, and tassel: $59.00
  • Doctoral mortarboard, gown, hood, and tassel: $80.00

You are strongly advised to pick up your academic attire before Saturday, May 13. Please be aware that your gown will be folded and may require steaming (do not iron). You should present your receipt when picking up your academic attire. Bronze Tablet students must request their cord at this time if they did not attend the Bronze Tablet reception in early May. If you cannot pick up your academic attire at one of the scheduled times, you may arrange for someone else to do so; that person should present your order confirmation and must pay the rental fee. Rental fees must be paid in full by cash or check only. Checks should be made payable to Herff Jones and have your name, address and phone number on the check.

*****Academic attire will not be distributed after 10:00 a.m. on Sunday, May 14.


Following the campuswide Commencement ceremony and/or unit convocation, you must return your rented academic attire. Herff Jones representatives will accept rented academic attire at the ARC Gym 1 at the following times:

  • Saturday, May 13: 12 p.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Sunday, May 14: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Monday, May 15: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Because of state health regulations, only returns of rented academic attire can be accepted at these times. Graduates who do not return their rented attire by 5 p.m. on Monday, May 15, are responsible for returning the attire to the Illini Union Bookstore on Tuesday, May 16, through Friday, May 19, between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Please note that Herff Jones will assess a late charge of $5 per day to all graduates returning rented attire to the Illini Union Bookstore after May 15.


Commencement is not a certification of graduation, but rather a ceremony that celebrates your academic achievements. You must satisfy all of your degree requirements before you officially graduate and receive your diploma.

You are eligible to participate in Commencement 2017 and/or Convocation 2017 if you graduated in August 2016 or December 2016 or expect to finish your degree requirements this May 2017. If you are a Bachelor's student with 13 or fewer hours or a Master's student with 8 or fewer hours remaining and expect to complete your degree requirements in August, 2017, you may participate in Commencement; however, your name will not appear in the printed campuswide Commencement Program until May 2018. Recipients of doctoral degrees must have deposited their dissertations in the Graduate College Thesis Office by 4:45 p.m. on Friday, April 21, 2017 in order to participate in Commencement ceremonies.

Commencement (Campuswide) (AHS participation)

Saturday, May 13, 2017, 9:30 a.m. at Memorial Stadium.

Please visit the following web site for information regarding the Campuswide Commencement activities: commencement.illinois.edu/


Free parking is available in the grass lots west of Memorial Stadium (weather permitting) and in Lot E-14 at the corner of First and Kirby. Guests with a handicap permit on display may park in the north State Farm Center lots. Spaces are limited an available on a first come, first serve basis. For additional parking information, see the Illinois Campus Map and the Memorial Stadium Parking Map.