Architecture Convocation 2020

Convocation and Reception
The Illinois School of Architecture Convocation ceremony will be held on Sunday, May 17, 2020, in the Foellinger Auditorium. The ceremony will begin at 9:30 a.m., when the graduates march into the auditorium, and will last approximately 1½ hours. Doors to Foellinger Auditorium will open at 8:30 a.m. Graduates are required to arrive at the Foreign Languages Building at 8:00 a.m. to prepare and to line-up for the ceremony. Here is a link to more information about Foellinger Auditorium: There will be a reception for the graduates and their guests immediately following the Illinois School of Architecture Convocation ceremony in the atrium of Temple Hoyne Buell Hall. This is an opportunity for the graduates to celebrate the occasion with their families and friends. Beverages and cookies will be provided for everyone. 

The University-wide Commencement ceremony will be held on Saturday, May 16, 2020, from 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. at Memorial Stadium. Please visit for further information. 

Ceremony Tickets

You will be able to order tickets starting March 16, 2020 through April 17, 2020 by completing the Convocation Survey. Completing this survey lets us know of your intent to participate in the Architecture Convocation ceremony.

Photographing and Videotaping the Ceremony

While we have no objections to family and friends photographing and videotaping the Convocation ceremony, there have been complaints in the past about people blocking the views of others. In addition, there have been instances in which relatives have obstructed the line of graduates as they walk onto the stage and return to their seats. As a result, we ask that guests either remain seated or stand in one of the designated areas for documenting the ceremony. There is no power available for cameras in the auditorium.

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

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

Student Letter

Students in need of a letter for their family should print the letter found on the commencement website.

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. For your guests who have special seating requests (wheelchair, sight or auditory needs, etc.), e-mail Greg Burdette, Foellinger Auditorium Manager, at, and he will be happy to 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.

Cap and Gown
Each student is required to wear the proper academic attire in order to participate in one or both ceremonies. Disposable gowns purchased at bookstores are unacceptable.

Caps and gowns (and hoods for M.Arch and PhD candidates) can be ordered online at  When filling out your measurement information, be sure to list your college as Fine and Applied Arts - (FAA) - Architecture. If you do not do this, the tassel and/or hood you receive will be the wrong color.  The tassel color for all students receiving the Bachelor of Science degree in Architectural Studies is violet.  The tassel color for graduate students is black; the M.Arch hood color is violet; the PhD hood color is blue.

Please visit for ALL information relevant to ordering academic attire for Convocation including;


Ordering deadlines

Pick-up dates and locations

Return dates, locations and late fees if returned past deadline

Timeline of Events              

March 16                Convocation Survey Opens

April 17                   Last day to order Convocation tickets
Week of April 29    12:00 p.m. Pick up Convocation tickets - Hallway outside 104 Temple Hoyne Buell Hall

May 11                    9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.  University-wide Commencement ceremony - Memorial Stadium
May 17 8:00 a.m.    Students arrive at Foreign Languages Building
May 17 9:30 a.m.    Architecture Convocation ceremony
May 17 11:00 a.m.  Reception - Atrium - Temple Hoyne Buell Hall


Illinois School of Architecture Graduation Speaker List