Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Degree

Convocation Ceremony

Dates to Remember

  • Thursday, 4/16: Last day to place on-line orders for academic attire until 10:00 p.m. without a late fee.
  • Saturday, 4/23: Last day to register for the campuswide Commencement ceremony.
  • Wed-Fri, 5/13-5/15: Regalia pick up at the ARC in Gym 1 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Sat-Sun, 5/16-5/17: Regalia pick up at the ARC in Gym 1 from 7:30 a.m to 10 a.m.
  • Friday, 5/15: College of Veterinary Medicine Convocation Ceremony, Foellinger Great Hall at KCPA, 500 South Goodwin, Urbana, 3:00 p.m.
  • Friday, 5/15: Dean’s Reception at the College of Veterinary Medicine at 5:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, 5/16: Campuswide Commencement Ceremony at Memorial Stadium at 9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, 5/16: President’s and Chancellor’s Reception at The President’s House from 12:00-1:30 p.m.
  • Sat-Mon, 5/16-18: Regalia return, ARC


    Please read the information on this page carefully. If you have unanswered questions about our ceremony, you may reach the Office of Academic and Student Affairs at 217-265-0380 or

    Our college this year will be virtually presenting the ceremony on Saturday, May 16, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. CDT.  We have mailed invitation cards and tickets to the students with information for connecting to the ceremony.  Faculty and staff have been invited by email with information about the ceremony and an attached ticket.  Registration is not required for this ceremony.

  • Convocation is not a certification of graduation, but rather a ceremony that celebrates your academic achievements. You must satisfy all of your degree requirements before you officially graduate and receive your diploma. You are eligible to participate in both the university commencement and the college convocation ceremonies if you have graduated since August 2019 or December 2019 or expect to finish your degree requirements by May 2020.

  • The university campuswide Commencement ceremony is a large event where multiple colleges come together to celebrate. This ceremony will be held on Saturday, May 16, at 9:30 a.m. in Memorial Stadium. This ceremony is where your DVM degree is actually conferred by the President of the University. This ceremony is a beautiful ceremony with all the pomp and circumstance, as well as beautiful music performed by the Commencement Band. It is a jubilant yet refined atmosphere that you and your families will enjoy and remember. Your attendance is important to the college and the profession that you are joining.

    All students who would like to participate in the campuswide Commencement ceremony must register online at between March 1 and April 30, 2020.

    Please visit the Commencement page for further information:

    Commencement Website

  • This event is only for the College of Veterinary Medicine graduates and is currently scheduled for Friday, May 15 at 3:00 p.m. in Foellinger Great Hall at the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts. In this ceremony you will march into the auditorium, be hooded, and receive congratulations from the Dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine. This ceremony lasts about 1½ hours. The doors to Foellinger Great Hall open at 2:00 p.m. and tickets will be taken at that time.

  • There will be a reception at the College of Veterinary Medicine for the graduates and their guests immediately following the college convocation ceremony. This is an opportunity for the graduates to celebrate this joyous occasion with their families and friends. A beautiful display of finger foods will be available (fresh fruit, cheese and crackers, an assortment of pastries and cookies, and drinks). The reception is expected to conclude around 7:00 p.m.

  • Graduates should arrive at 2:00 p.m. and report to the Choral Rehearsal Room in the third floor basement level of Krannert. This will give you time to prepare and line-up for the ceremony. Graduates will be addressed by the ISVMA President before marching into the auditorium.

  • You do not need a ticket as a graduate.  However, all guests, including infants and small children, must have a ticket. You will be requested to reserve the number of tickets that you are requesting for both ceremonies. The Office of Academic and Student Affairs (ASA) will have tickets for both the campuswide commencement ceremony and the college convocation ceremony. Each guest will be required to present a ticket at the door for entry. There is no limit to the number of tickets per graduate for the college convocation ceremony. Ticket information for the campuswide commencement ceremony is still being finalized.

  • There are three different ways of choosing someone to hood you for the college convocation ceremony:

    1. The class will vote for five faculty members by majority. If you have no preference for who is going to hood you, one of the five faculty members will be assigned to you. If you want to choose one of these faculty members, please let ASA know as soon as possible.
    2. You may ask a faculty member of the College of Veterinary Medicine or University of Illinois to hood you. You must fill out the Hooder Information form which can be found on your class website homepage.
    3. You may ask an immediate family member to hood you. The only requirement is that they must have earned a doctoral degree, whether it is a DVM, MD, DDS, PhD, JD, or EdD.  Outside hooders must have ALREADY HAVE THEIR TERMINAL DEGREE. You must fill out the Outside (Non UIUC faculty) Hooder Information form found here.

    Can my mom and dad hood me?

    If they both have earned doctorates, under certain circumstances, we will agree to let two people hood the graduate at the Veterinary Medicine Convocation Ceremony. Please contact the ASA office to request two hooders. Approval is considered on a case by case basis.

    It is your responsibility to inform the ASA office that you have asked a faculty member or someone outside the college to hood you by returning the hooder form. If you do not submit this form, your hooder will not receive a letter which gives specifics of his/her role and information on how to order their regalia.

    You do not need to pay for for pick up the regalia of a faculty member.  The regalia is paid for by the University and is delivered to the ASA office for the faculty member to pick up.

    If your hooder is not a faculty member of the University they will be required to order their academic regalia online here.  Your hooder can pick up and pay for their regalia rental or you can pick up and pay for it when you pick up your own.  Payments can be paid with cash or credit cards. No checks.

    Order Regalia

  • Approved regalia must be worn by all participants in the campus-wide commencement and college convocation ceremonies.  Herff Jones is the supplier of rental regalia for the ceremonies.

    Online: Graduates may order rental academic attire online at Herff Jones from dates to be determined until 10:59 p.m. CT. (Note: When the clock strikes 10:59 p.m., the website will automatically shut down.)

    Shipping Option: Herff Jones is offering a ship-to-home option for all student regalia.  The deadline to select this option is April 16, 2020.  Students who have their regalia shipped must prepay with a credit card online.  An additional shipping fee on top of the rental will be incurred.

    Late Online: Between Friday, April 16 and Wednesday, April 29 until 10:59 p.m. CT, students may order “late” regalia online, Herff Jones ( A $20 late fee on orders placed after April 17 will be in effect. Any student who thinks he/she might participate is urged to place an order. There is no charge for academic attire which is not picked up during distribution. (Note: When the clock strikes 10:59 p.m., the website will automatically shut down).

    In person: Students may also order academic attire in person in the Author’s Corner, Illini Union Bookstore (2nd floor). For your information, the schedule is:

    Wednesday, February 26: 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

    Thursday, April 16: 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

    Wednesday, April 29: 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

    Visit Herff Jones

    Rental Prices:

    Early Discount Regular prices – after 4/17
    Doctoral academic regalia $82.00 $102.00
    Your academic regalia + Hooder’s academic regalia $164.00 $204.00
    Master’s academic regalia $63.00 $82.00

    Please pay by cash or credit card when you pick up your academic regalia. Students will pay for regalia online when order is placed.

    After Deadline Option: Graduates who miss the April 16 deadline may place a “late” order at Herff Jones ( between April 17 and April 29, 10:00 p.m. Central Time. Late orders will incur a $20 late fee.

    See more Academic Attire information online at

    Distribution of student regalia will be at the Activities and Recreation Center (ARC), Gym 1, 201 East Peabody Drive, Champaign, at the following times:

    Wednesday, May 13: 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

    Thursday, May 14: 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

    Friday, May 15: 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

    Return academic regalia to the ARC at the following times:

    Saturday, May 16: 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

    Sunday, May 17: 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

    Monday, May 18: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

    Late Return: Participants who do not return their academic attire before 5:00 p.m. on Monday, May 18, at the ARC are responsible for returning it directly to the Illini Union Bookstore between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 19 through Friday, May 22. Herff Jones will assess a late charge of $5.00 per day to participants returning academic attire late.

  • The Stole of Gratitude is optional. You can purchase the stole of gratitude for $25 during distribution.

  • Announcements for graduates can be ordered through Herff Jones, the Illini Union Bookstore, or a copy shop of your choice.

    Visit Herff Jones

    Visit the Illini Union Bookstore

  • Phi Zeta Members can pick up Phi Zeta Cords from the ASA Office starting May 1. The cords are yours to keep.

  • While we have no objections to family and friends photographing and videotaping the college convocation ceremony, there have been complaints in the past about people blocking the view of others. As a result, we ask that guests remain seated or stand in one of the designated areas for documenting the ceremony. Guests can go to the front row of the Great Hall to take photographs of students walking across the stage receiving their diploma.

  • For the campuswide commencement ceremony on Saturday, parking is available in many university lots around the stadium (excluding 24-hour rented parking spots). For the college convocation ceremony, parking is available in the Krannert Center parking garage and at bagged meters around Krannert Center. Please click the link below for accessibility assistance:

    Parking Department Website

  • For the ceremony at Krannert Center, guests who are unable to climb stairs will need to arrive by 2:30 p.m. to ensure main floor seating. For your guests who have special seating requests (wheelchairs, sight or auditory needs, etc.), please call Nicholas Puddicombe at the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts at 217-244-0572 or e-mail him at, and he will be happy to help with seating arrangements.

    Accessible seating is available at Memorial Stadium for the campuswide commencement ceremony. Guests should approach the stadium via Portal 1 on Kirby Avenue and enter Gate 24 ( See an usher once inside the main gate.

  • Because it is not possible to process grades and prepare degree lists by Commencement weekend, diplomas will be mailed by mid-July. The primary address that will be used to mail your diploma is the “Diploma Address.” If the diploma address is unavailable, it will be mailed to the “Mailing Address.” Students should check and update their “Diploma Address” through the link below:

    Student Self-Service

    Name Change: Information on changing your name to the version which will appear on your diploma and transcript can be found by following the link below.

    Office of the Registrar

    If you have questions about your diploma, please call the Office of the Registrar at 217-333-0210.

  • Before ordering your transcripts, please check Student Self-Service to see if your degree has been posted. The first degree upload will occur in late May, so check after that date.

    Student Self-Service