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Convocation 2021

Convocation 2023

The Illinois School of Architecture will host an in-person Convocation Ceremony on Sunday, May 14, 2023 at 9:30 am in Foellinger Auditorium. Graduates will receive information regarding how many guest they can invite in the spring semester. All University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and CDC guidelines will be upheld.

Contact Information: Rhonda Frank


The Illinois School of Architecture Convocation Ceremony will be held on Sunday, May 14 in the Foellinger Auditorium.  Convocation will begin at 9:30 a.m. when the graduates march into the auditorium and will last approximately 1½ hours.  Graduates should arrive at the Foreign Languages Building promptly at 8:30 a.m. to line-up.  At this time information about the procession, professional photographs, etc. will be presented.  It is very important that you arrive on time. 

 Arrangements for Guests with Special Needs

Guests who are unable to climb stairs will need to arrive by 8:30 a.m. to ensure main floor seating.  Guests who have special needs (wheelchair, sight or auditory needs, etc.) should contact Terry Dederich, Foellinger Auditorium Manager, at, and he will help with any seating arrangements.  Be prepared to give him the name of the ceremony you are attending, type of need, and the total number of guests in your party.

A reception for you and your family and friends will be held immediately following Convocation in Temple Hoyne Buell Hall.  This is an opportunity for the graduates to celebrate the occasion with their faculty, families, and friends.

All graduates are also invited to participate in the University-wide Commencement ceremony which will be held at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 13 at Memorial Stadium. You may register for this ceremony at Visit for more details concerning this ceremony.


 Professional photographs will be taken by GradImages. GradImages will send your graduation images directly to you for purchase.  To receive your photos, you need to provide the necessary information on the reader card when you pick up your Convocation tickets. Failure to complete the card information may result in you not receiving your photos.


Order caps and gowns at:  Be sure to specify FAA-Architecture as your college, otherwise you will receive the wrong color tassel.  Tassels for the BS in Architectural Studies degree should be violet.  The tassel color for graduate students is black.  The hood color for the Master of Architecture degree is violet.  The hood color for the Doctor of Philosophy in Architecture is blue.

The last day to order caps and gowns at early discount pricing is April 11, 2023, until 10:59 p.m. CT.  Regular pricing begins April 12-April 20, 2023.  Thursday, April 20, 2023 is the last day to place an online order.  All orders placed April 12-April 20, 2023 will be shipped 2nd Day Air to ensure delivery. Payment by credit card is due when you place your order.

The last day to cancel an order is April 20, 2023. To cancel, contact Patty Storie of Herff Jones at 314-369-6668 or There are no online cancellations.

All cap and gown orders are shipped to your home. There is a shipping charge. They are still rented and must be returned via the return shipping label.


Tickets for the School of Architecture Convocation Ceremony are free of charge.  Tickets are required for the ceremony and will have to be presented at the door for entrance by all guests (including young children) due to space limitations.  Students participating in the ceremony are not required to have a ticket. You are allowed to request up to six (6) tickets for the architecture ceremony.  Requests for extra tickets will be recorded and those tickets will be available via a lottery system after all students have received their initial tickets.  Please only request the number of tickets you need.

Tickets are ordered at: Please check with your families to make sure you order the number of tickets you need.  The deadline for ticket orders is Friday, April 14, 2023.  You may pick up the tickets during the first week of May in room 106 Temple Buell Hall.


During graduation weekend, all university lots (excluding 24-hour rented parking spots) are available for use.  Please remember that there are many ceremonies being conducted during this weekend and parking will not always be close to the ceremony.  For those needing special assistance, a driveway located directly east of the Auditorium can be used to drop off and pick up guests.  Please note that this is not a parking area.


  • April 11 Last Day to Order Cap and Gown Online – by 10:59 p.m. CT- at early discount pricing.
  • April 12-20 Place Online Cap and Gown Orders at Regular Pricing – by 10:59 p.m. CST 
  • April 14 Last Day to Order Convocation Tickets


  • Week of May 1 Pick up Convocation Tickets – 106 Temple Buell Hall – 12:00 p.m.
  • May 13 9:30 a.m. University-wide Commencement Ceremony – Memorial Stadium
  • May 13 immediately after University-wide Convocation – President’s and Chancellor’s Reception
  • May 14 8:30 a.m. Arrive at Foreign Languages Building
  • May 14 9:30 a.m. Convocation Ceremony – Foellinger Auditorium
  • May 14 11:00 a.m. Reception – Atrium – Temple Hoyne Buell Hall



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