Convocation 2021

Students Preparing for Convocation

2021 University of Illinois Commencement and the History Department Convocation will not take place in-person in May 2021, due to the on-going public health measures and mitigations necessary to stem Covid-19 spread. August 2019 to May 2021 graduates are invited to take part in individual Stage Crossings, organized by the Chancellor's Office and held in Krannert. Individualized invitations have been sent out to eligible graduates. The Commencement Office has postponed the Commencement celebration (typically held at Memorial Stadium) until such a date as it is safe to host a celebration of that scale. 

Students planning to graduate in August 2021 can participate in the Stage Crossings, but will need to complete the following form They will be sent a link to register for a Stage Crossing time slot within 48 hours of submitting the form. 

If you are a May 2021 and did not receive a link to register for a timeslot, the reason is most likely that you did not put yourself on the pending degree list! To add yourself to the degree list, please write to and inform the LAS Records Officers of your intent to graduate in May. Include your UIN in the e-mail, and cc the History Academic Advisor ( on the correspondence. Afterwards, please send the following information to, and they will send you a registration link: 


Illinois email

First Name

Middle Name

Last Name

Full Name

Conferral Year

Degree 1 (example Bachelor of Arts in Painting)

College/School 1

Degree 1 Department

Degree 1 Date (example May 16, 2021)

Degree 2 (example Bachelor of Arts in Painting)

College/School 2

Degree 2 Department

Degree 2 Date (example May 16, 2021)

The History Department will celebrate the accomplishments of December 2020, May 2021, and August 2021 graduates with a video that will premiere to students (and their "guests" and loved ones) on Zoom on on Zoom on Saturday, May 15 at 1:30 PM (CST). That is the time that the in-person Convocation ceremony would have been held. After the premiere, the video will be made available over YouTube. Details about the video have been communicated to history graduates, but if yo have any questions, please contact the History Academic Advisor, Stefan Djordjevic, at 



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