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.
The History Department celebrated the accomplishments of December 2020, May 2021, and August 2021 graduates with a video in which each graduate was individually recognized.
The History Convocation featured short speeches by faculty and graduating students, as well as remarks by the convocation speaker, Naomi D. Jakobsson. Naomi is an alumna of the Department of History (class of 1977) and former Representative of the 103rd District in the Illinois House of Representatives (2003-2015). She is a member of the University of Illinois Board of Trustees and has received many leadership and public service awards. Before transitioning to government, Trustee Jakobsson worked as an ESL teacher in the Champaign-Urbana School District for 6 years. We are delighted to welcome Trustee Jakobsson back to campus and to the Department of History!
The Convocation Video can be accessed at: History at Illinois Class of 2021 Convocation - YouTube
An additional recorded message by Dr. Carol Symes, Director Graduate Studies, for History MA and PHD graduates can be accessed at: Professor Carol Symes, History Convocation Video 2021 - YouTube