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2017 Economics Convocation Ceremony
Saturday, May 13, 2017 @ 4:30 p.m. | George Huff Hall
Reception: 1:30 p.m. | South Quad by DKH

Economics students completing all degree requirements at the end of the Spring 2017 semester (or within the required number of credit hours) may participate in the Econ Convocation Ceremony. The graduating student must register for the ceremony (detailed information will be provided on this website in February and emailed to students throughout the Spring semester). Guest tickets will not be required for the ceremony- we welcome all guests of our students to attend. The ceremony typically lasts 1.5-2 hours, depending on the number of graduating students. There will be a reception for graduating students and their guests from 1:30-4:00pm, just prior to the ceremony (location to be determined).

Make sure to read the 'General Graduation Information' below and also view the LAS 'How to Graduate' page.

Graduating Students should complete the sign-up to attend the Economics Ceremony:

Reception: 1:30 p.m., South Quad by DKH

Economics Graduating students, family, friends, faculty, and staff gather prior to our ceremony for a reception provided by the Department of Economics. Hors D'oeuvres and Beverages will be provided, and we welcome you to stop by and visit at any time from 1:30-3:30 p.m.! Great opportunity to speak with the economics family and take pictures in front of David Kinley Hall (DKH).
Graduating students should register for themselves and any guests: (this registration is just for the reception- please see the link above to register for the ceremony).

Ceremony: 4:30 p.m., George Huff Hall (Doors open for guests at 3:30 p.m.)

The Department of Economics has a Convocation Ceremony for all of the Undergraduate, Master's (MSPE), and PhD students graduating. Names of all graduating students attending the ceremony will be read in alphabetical order by degree. Booklets 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 booklet). Graduating students must register to participate in the graduation ceremony:

Guests do not need a ticket to enter the economics convocation ceremony!

Convocation Speaker: Lars Stole

Lars Stole earned bachelor degrees in Economics and Political Science from the University of Illinois where he is listed on the Bronze Tablets, a Masters of Science in Economics from the London School of Economics, and a Ph.D. in Economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Stole is the David W. Johnson Professor of Economics and the Academic Director of the Executive MBA Program at Chicago Booth School of Business.

Guest Information:

Huff Hall will open for Guests at 3:30 p.m., and doors will close (no guest admission) during the processional~ Please arrive by 4:15 p.m.!
We would like to remind guests to respect all of the graduates by holding applause until after all names are read so no names are missed. We also ask you remain in your seats during the ceremony! It becomes difficult to direct students during the ceremony when guests block the aisles or move in the front area. Professional pictures are available and students receive information by email.

Directions and Parking:

Guests may park in the same location for both the Reception and the Ceremony as they are within close proximity to each other. The Campus Parking website privides information:

Special Accommodations for Guests Attending Econ Convocation:

If guests need special accommodations (wheelchair seating, limited mobility, sign-language interpreter, etc.), please include that information on the registration form. If you have not registered for the ceremony, you can find the form here: There will be seating on the floor for those needing special accommodations. Please look for a “Reserved” sign with your family name on it.

Student Information:

Academic Attire (Cap & Gown) for Students: Required for those participating in the ceremoniesregalia

Students participating in the Economics and other ceremonies are required to wear the proper Academic Attire (Cap and Gown). The Gown is blue, and a WHITE tassel should come with your Cap (see picture). Make sure to check you have the correct attire when picking up your regalia! You may order regalia for the spring ceremonies from January 16 through April 13, 10:00 p.m. CST for the on-campus pick up option, and January 16 through March 22, 10:00 p.m. CST for the ship-to-home option.
Academic rental attire is ordered at After placing your order, you will have the opportunity to print a receipt. Please present the receipt when you pick up the apparel. You will not be charged the rental fee if academic attire is not picked up during the distribution period.

Academic Attire Distribution:
Regalia is distributed in the ARC, Gym 1
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.

Academic Attire Returns:
Following graduation, you must return your rented academic attire. Herff Jones will accept rented academic attire at the ARC, Gym 1 for all students.
Saturday, May 13th - 12pm to 7pm
Sunday, May 14th - 10am to 10pm
Monday, May 15th - 9am to 5pm

Econ Graduation T-Shirt!t-shirt

Graduating students who filled out the Illini Success Survey received an Econ T-shirt. If you did not already receive your t-shirt during ticket pick-up, you may still stop by our office in 214 DKH and show proof that you have completed the Illini Success Survey to receive your shirt. If you have having issues accessing the survey, please follow the following instructions:

  • Open your Illinois email (or the account you forward to) & Find your unique survey link in an email sent on: Thurs. April 21 or Tues. April 26
  • Look in the subject line for: “The Outcomes Survey” or “Class of May 2016”
  • Complete the Survey & show us the completed screen (or you may login again and show that you have the survey filled out)
  • Can’t find your unique link? Request a new one at:
  • Still having trouble? Ask us for a paper version in our office (214 DKH)

Professional Photographs of Economics Reception and Ceremony

The Department of Economics coordinates with professional photographers to take pictures during the reception and ceremony. General pictures are available on our Economics Photo Gallery: Reception and Ceremony (and some may also be viewed on our Facebook Pages: Undergraduate and Econ Departmental. These pictures are candid or taken at the reception, and are free for use. These pictures are candid or taken at the reception, and will be free for use. We encourage you to come to the reception for pictures in front of DKH- our photographer will be walking throughout the reception to capture great moments. We will also have a photographer taking pictures of students with the graduation speaker, Department Head, and other Staff, following the ceremony~ Location TBD

Student Pictures: Grad Images ( will take pictures of all graduating students as they walk across the stage and receive their diploma cover. Students should ensure their contact information is on the back of their reader card and Grad Images will send students an email with information on the pictures and a link to view. Grad Images pictures are for purchase.

Registering for Econ Convocation:

You will need to register for graduation no later than April 14th at 11:59 pm. To register for graduation, please visit:
Students should ensure they are on the graduation pending degree list ( to complete the degree (registering to participate in graduation does not put your name on the degree list, and putting your name on the degree list does not add you to the graduation ceremony).

Campuswide Commencement Ceremony:

General Graduation Information

Graduating with a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Economics

Students graduating from the Department of Economics receive a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Students must fulfill all graduation requirements in order to receive their diploma. Degrees are awarded by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (not by the individual departments), so questions about final degrees should be directed to the LAS College office. Please read more here:

In order to graduate, you must notify the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences of your intent. This is done at the same time that you register for your final semester of classes through the student registration system. If you do not do so by the tenth day of class, contact your admissions/records officer with your intent on graduating in that term-- otherwise, your name will not be added to the pending degree list, and the date of your degree award and diploma will be delayed. Also, you should be aware that if you are removed from the list, for any reason, such as dropping a required course, you cannot register for additional course work without the approval of the associate dean in LAS Student Academic Affairs.

Please note, indicating your intent to graduate does not automatically register you for the Commencement and Convocation ceremonies. To participate, you must register through your department in the Spring for the May Ceremony, as well as the University if you would like to attend the campuswide ceremony; and through LAS in the Fall for the December ceremony (please see information below).

Certifying your Degree

The University establishes a degree certification date following the completion of each term. If you are on the graduation list you must complete all degree requirements—including requirements to formally announcement your candidacy for a degree—by the degree certification date for that term. It typically takes the college 2 months after the end of the semester to certify degrees and mail the diploma. Please contact the college if you need something certifying your completion and expected diploma. We also recommend using your DARS if your employer/grad program will accept the unofficial report prior to the degree being confirmed.

LAS Office:
LAS Admissions and Records:

International Guests: Visa Information

Please contact the ISSS Office if you feel you need letters proving your participation in graduation ceremonies for your family to visit.


All University of Illinois graduates with no outstanding University charges will receive one diploma per degree earned, free of charge. University of Illinois diplomas are 8.5 x 11 inches and sent by first-class mail to a student's "Diploma Address" approximately six weeks after the date of award. Please check and update this address in the University system (self-service) before leaving the University.

If the diploma is returned to the Office of the Registrar, you will be responsible for providing a corrected address and paying for any forwarding mail charges as well as processing fees. If your diploma is not returned to the Office of the Registrar and 90 days from the mailing date has passed, you will be responsible for providing the correct address and paying for the cost of the replacement diploma.

University of Illinois' policy prevents mailing a diploma if the student has a past-due account. You may contact the University Student Financial Services and Cashiers Operations with questions about your account balance. Once your account had been cleared, you will need to contact the Office of the Registrar by phone at 217-333-6383 or email to let us know that we can order and mail your diploma. Questions about your diploman may be answered by the Office of the Registrar.

Graduation with Distinction in Economics

Students who meet certain requirements may graduate with Department of Economics Distinction. Requirements:

  • 3.25 overall GPA and a 3.5 major GPA in economics courses
  • complete a research project under the supervision of a faculty member in the Department of Economics (ECON 399 for at least 3 credit hours)
  • recommended by the faculty member overseeing the ECON 399 to graduate with distinction

If you will fulfill this criteria or any questions, please see an advisor in 214 DKH for assistance.

Campuswide Commencement Ceremony

Information about the Campuswide Commencement Ceremony, and other related information (including congratulatory ceremonies and special receptions) may be found on the Commencement Website: commencement/.

Illinois Email after Graduation

Please visit the Tech Services Website to read about your email account:

Illio - Yearbook

Please refer to the Illio website for questions about the yearbook and pictures:

Winter Convocation

LAS College Ceremony
Krannert Center for the Performing Arts
View LAS Winter Convocation Information

Previous Ceremonies

Spring Convocation 2016

Economics Department Convocation (Graduation)
Sunday, May 15, 2016

Reception: 1:30 p.m., South Quad by David Kinley Hall (DKH)
Ceremony: 4:30 p.m., Foellinger Auditorium

View Pictures for our 2016 Reception and Ceremony!

Guest Speaker: Dr. Maria Otoo

Maria OtotUIUC B.S. in Economics; Georgetown Master's and Ph.D. in Economics
Senior Economist in the Industrial Output Section of the Research and Statistics Division of the Federal Reserve in Washington, DC

Dr. Otoo is a Senior Economist in the Industrial Output Section of the Research and Statistics Division of the Federal Reserve in Washington, DC.
She was born and raised in Illinois except for a brief sojourn with her family in Colorado. Growing up in Springfield, Illinois imbued her with a tremendous admiration for Abraham Lincoln and love of cozy dogs, which are known to most of the world as “corn” dogs.
She attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Unable to make up her mind, she received two degrees upon completion. One was in economics and the other was in political science. Of her time there she says, "I loved my time at the U of I and my only regret was that I could not cram more courses into four years." After graduation, she headed to Georgetown University in Washington, DC where she received a Master’s degree and a Ph.D. in economics.
Upon completion she was hired by the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System and remains there to this day. She holds the title of Senior Economist and currently works on the industrial sector, particularly the motor vehicle industry. Her work at the Board includes a mix of analysis, research, and forecasting.
Shortly after finishing graduate school, she married and they have two wonderful children. She currently resides in Washington with her family.
In her spare time, she studies Object Oriented Programming (OOP) in Python. She also enjoys reading science fiction or any fiction, caring for her two corgi dogs, trolling art museums and binge-watching TV.

2015 Spring Economics Convocation

Department of Economics ~ Saturday, May 16th at 7:00pm in Foellinger Auditorium
Reception: 4:30pm-6:30pm David Kinley Hall Quad- Tent

View Pictures!

The Department of Economics hosts a ceremony for students within the Department in the Spring semester. This convocation is fully dedicated to bachelors, masters, and Ph.D. in economics degree candidates. Each graduate in attendance will be recognized individually and will receive a diploma cover. PhD recipients will be hooded. Rita Garman

2015 Economics Convocation Speaker: Chief Justice Rita Garman

Justice Garman was the first woman elected as Chief Justice in the Illinois Supreme Court, elected by her peers and assumed that office on 10/26/13. She holds a BS in economics with University Honors from UIUC and is on the Bronze Tablet here as well. She received her JD with distinction from the University of Iowa. Full Bio.

Spring 2014 Graduation

Saturday, May 17, 2014
Ceremony at 7:00pm

Foellinger Auditorium, 709 South Matthews Avenue, Urbana- South end of the Quad

Enjoy the photo slideshow of students, alumni, faculty and staff celebrating the Economics Convocation 2014. Video is at

You can also download photos from the event from the Department's online photo album at

Fall Convocation in December
Saturday, December 20, 2014, 10-11:30am
Krannert Center for the Performing Arts

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences holds the December Convocation for all students within the College (there are only separate departmental ceremonies in May). Please read more information on the Winter Convocation on the website: