Graduation Information

May 2021 Ceremonies

The Psychology Department is excited to celebrate your graduation with a virtual convocation ceremony.  While the campus is offering in-person stage crossings, we look forward to this additional opportunity to celebrate your amazing accomplishments.  Our virtual convocation celebration for all Psychology graduates will be a video production with recorded messages from the Department Head, LAS Dean, Alumni, and Advising.  In this production, we'll recognize PhD, MSPS, MS, and BS students.  

We will create individual undergraduate slides to recognize our graduating seniors.  Please read more below about how to "opt-in" to the undergraduate slide presentation portion of our virtual ceremony.  This video production will be made available during Graduation Weekend, May 15-16.   

In addition to this virtual event, we are planning to have an informal "live" event(s) that allows us to gather in community to recognize your accomplishments.  Still working on the details for this portion of the weekend celebration.

If you'd like an undergraduate slide created, please fill out the registration form below no later than Friday, April 9th at 11:59 PM Central Time.  

Register now to have your slide(s) included.

In the registration form, you may provide us with information to create slides for you, which will be shown during the virtual ceremony.  Slides will include your preferred name, picture and a list of up to 3 honors or awards.  An optional 2nd slide will include a 2nd picture and your post-graduation plans.  If you do not provide a picture, that's okay, we will insert a picture of the Alma Mater on your slide.  

If you do not register, we will not include your slide(s) in the ceremony.  Please complete this form carefully, so your slide will be accurate.  

Deadline to register for the undergraduate slide by Friday, April 9th at 11:59 PM.

Regalia (cap and gown) is not required to celebrate with us online. However, if you would like to rent regalia for a stage crossing, photos or family celebrations, you can order through the Herff Jones website by April 1.  Regalia will be shipped to addresses within the United States. A return label is included.

Diplomas will be mailed by the Office of the Registrar and graduates will be invited to participate in future in-person ceremonies when it is safe to gather again.

If you have any questions regarding the Psychology virtual ceremony, please contact Gary Wszalek



University of Illinois Commencement  -

Campus is offering celebratory events -  - including in-person "stage crossing", on-line events, diploma covers, photography, etc.  

Information about ordering regalia (cap/gown) -


GraduateNotification of intent to graduate

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, for some reason, you do not do so by the 10th day of class, contact your admissions/records officer. 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. More information is available about other LAS and university-wide Commencement ceremonies.

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.

Find out what to do if you missed the certification deadline.


Students may participate in Commencement and convocation ceremonies prior to the completion of all degree requirements. To verify your eligibility to participate in a ceremony, contact your records officer, your academic advisor, or check