Upcoming Graduation Ceremonies:
Winter 2016 LAS Convocation Ceremony
Saturday, December 17, 2016 (Time/Location Pending)
Students graduating at the end of the Fall 2016 semester have the option to participate in the LAS College Convocation Ceremony in December. Information about the ceremony and registration will be provided on the LAS Website. Only the graduating student will be able to register and request guest tickets for the ceremony. Students who complete degree requirements in the fall, but wish to participate in the May Economics Graduation Convocation should view this page in February/March for more information.
2017 Economics Convocation Ceremony
Saturday, May 13, 2017 @ 4:30 p.m. in George Huff Hall
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).
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
Guest Speaker: Dr. Maria Otoo
UIUC 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.
Econ Graduation 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: https://go.illinois.edu/IlliniOutcomes
- Still having trouble? Ask us for a paper version in our office (214 DKH)
- Read More about the survey: http://illinisuccess.illinois.edu/
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.
Student Pictures: Grad Images (https://www.gradimages.com/) Grad Images pictures are for purchase.
Campuswide Commencement Ceremony
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: http://www.las.illinois.edu/students/graduation/.
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: http://www.las.illinois.edu/students/contact/
LAS Admissions and Records: http://www.las.illinois.edu/students/advising/college/
Academic Attire (Cap & Gown) for Students: Required for those participating in the ceremonies
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 (undergraduate students) should come with your Cap (see picture). Make sure to check you have the correct attire when picking up your regalia!
The pre-order dates for Academic Attire have passed~ After April 27 students may obtain academic attire during distribution at ARC.
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 email@example.com 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: http://www.illinois.edu/
Illinois Email after Graduation
Please visit the Tech Services Website to read about your @illinois.edu email account: https://techservices.illinois.edu/news/2016/it-services-after-graduation
Illio - Yearbook
Please refer to the Illio website for questions about the yearbook and pictures: http://illioyearbook.com/
LAS College Ceremony
Krannert Center for the Performing Arts
View LAS Winter Convocation Information
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
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.
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 http://youtu.be/UBs0pG5AWJc
You can also download photos from the event from the Department's online photo album at http://s1287.photobucket.com/user/EconatIllinois/library/Econ%20Convocation%202014
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: http://www.las.illinois.edu/students/graduation/convocation/