College of Media Spring 2021 Convocation

The College of Media will hold a virtual graduation celebration for Spring 2021 graduates on Sunday, May 16, at 1:00 p.m. (Central Time).

Join us and watch the YouTube Premiere video below live on Sunday at 1 p.m.!


The University of Illinois is offering an in-person Stage Crossings at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts from May 10–17, 2021. The stage crossings will be by appointment only in 15-minute increments from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. each day. Read more details. 

Ph.D. Students

Students are eligible to participate in the May university-wide in-person stage crossing if you deposit your dissertation at the Graduate College Thesis Office by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, April 23, 2021. You will receive an email about registering in March. If you do not receive this email, please email

Regalia Information

Graduates  are encouraged to wear caps and gowns (regalia) to participate in the Stage Crossing. Regalia can be rented through Herff Jones Cap and Gown Company. Orders for regalia can be placed through April 1, 2021. Additional fees may apply for orders placed after April 1. More information on cost, shipping information, and other details can be found on the Commencement website.  

Honor Cords

Honor cords are available to students who are in the top 20% of their graduating class and/or have completed all of the James Scholar requirements. Students’ invitation to graduation (sent by email) will indicate if you have graduated in the top 20% of the College of Media.

Candidates for College honors and/or recognition as James Scholars can purchase honor cords. Each honor cord costs $5.50 and can be purchased by credit card starting in March 2021.

Congratulations to you on this outstanding achievement! If you have any questions, please contact Colleen Hammel at